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Daily Life in Ancient Rome

ISBN-10: 0631193952
ISBN-13: 9780631193951
Edition: 1994
Authors: Florence Dupont
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Description: This is a vivid and intimate account of everyday life in ancient Rome during the Republic, from the downfall of the kings in 509 BC to the seizure of power by Augustus in 27 BC. Drawing widely on rich contemporary sources, Florence Dupont recreates  More...

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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This is a vivid and intimate account of everyday life in ancient Rome during the Republic, from the downfall of the kings in 509 BC to the seizure of power by Augustus in 27 BC. Drawing widely on rich contemporary sources, Florence Dupont recreates the public and private lives, rituals, actions, institutions, and religion of the Roman Republic. She shows how Roman culture and society revolved around one kind of individual, the Roman citizen, whose roles encompassed soldier, voter, estate-owner, householder and slave-master, paterfamilias, priest, party-goer, farmer and city-dweller. It was citizenship, she reveals, that shaped Roman notions of space, time, human nature and the human body. The author describes the profound effect of Rome's increasing power and wealth. Excess, luxury and greed gradually eroded the traditional values of order, thrift, honor and liberty: citizens became transformed into subjects. 'Streets flowed with precious wines and the blood of exotic wild animals and inumerable oxen,' she writes. 'Makeshift theaters were thrown up and bedecked with gold and ivory. In a hopeless attempt to empty both its own coffers and those of the nobility, the republic endowed the city with temples, basilicas and colonnades. But the world was too rich, too vast, and Rome, at its center, choked on all its wealth.'

Foreword
The City and its People
Naming and Honour
Wealth and Opulence
Freedom
Places and Lives
The Organization of Roman Space
Roman Houses
The Family
The Army
Living in Rome
Political Life in the City
Time and Action
Time and the Romans
Measuring Time
The Roman Calendar and Festivities
The Ages of Man
The Roman Body
People and Bodies
Clothing, Finery and Bathing
Food, Banqueting and the Pleasures of the Evening
Conclusion
Notes
List of Important
Bibliography
Index

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