The Noisy, Everyday World of Ancient Romefrom Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
As the Roman empire grew, the city sucked in exotic goods, tastes, smells, and, --of course-- sounds from all around the world. In mind-bogglingly narrow street-ways you'd find bellowing animals, street-hawkers, the babble of a dozen languages; some inhabitants loved thissensory over-load, but others ran from it. What would we have heard had visited the city in its heyday? And here could Romans go to get some peace?
The Roaring Crowdfrom Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening