Have you ever watched a movie with time travel and wonder “is that how things really were back then?” but didn’t know where to look? The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life: A Tour Through History from Ancient Times to the Present is the reference for you.
This set covers 3300 B.C.E to the 20th Century C.E. covering civilizations from all over the word over different time periods. The books are organized in a great way: the main chapter headings are a general topic such as ‘Domestic Life’ and then a sub-topic relating to that one (‘Family Life’, ‘Sexuality’, etc.) follow. Each civilization is then covered under the topics and sub-topics with a Historical Overview at the beginning of the book for each civilization covered.
So, if you wanted to find out what the Roman currency system was, all you have to do is turn to the section on ‘Money’ and look for the Rome portion of the entry. The book also lists its sources so if you are a History nerd looking for what to read, this book will give you a generous reading list included in the ‘Primary Sources’ section.
You can find this book in the 2nd floor Reference Section under the call numbers R 909.04 GRE v. 1 – v. 6