Looking back at The Scholarly Kitchen over the years, it becomes clear that rather than a blog about scholarly communications, it’s true purpose is to prepare readers for the eventualities of time travel. Previous posts include a review of Ryan North’s guide to reinventing civilization for the stranded time traveler, videos giving an overview of the English language through 13 centuries and showing how far back you could go and still understand people, and one offering a system for diagramming your temporal adventures.
All important subjects, but what if you want to travel back to Ancient Rome? Don’t worry, author and historian Garrett Ryan has you covered, with just the necessary video series. In Part 1, below, you’ll learn all the essentials for fitting in like a native, because as he puts it, “It’s gauche to explore Rome in sweatpants.” Instructions include when to go visit (not during plagues or the reign of Caligula), how to dress (tunics, not togas), what to bring (spices like cinnamon, worth its weight in gold at the time), and important Latin phrases (“Ubi est latrina?”). The series continues, but hopefully this will get you started, and I look forward to seeing you around the Colosseum.