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From Pagan Rome to Byzantium

ISBN-10: 0674399749
ISBN-13: 9780674399747
Edition: 1987
List price: $55.00
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves--from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning of virtue, and the separation of private and public spaces. The emergence of Christianity in the West and the triumph of Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy, and austerity is startlingly contrasted with the profane and undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Using illuminating motifs, the authors weave a rich, colorful fabric ornamented with the results of new research and the broad interpretations that only masters of the subject can provide.

Arthur Goldhammer is the translator for numerous books including Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement, Algerian Chronicles, The Society of Equals, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.

Foreword by Georges Duby
Introduction
Roman Empire
Introduction
From Mother's Womb to Last Will and Testament Marriage Slavery
The Household and Its Freed Slaves
Where Public Life Was Private ""Work"" and Leisure Patrimony
Public Opinion and Utopia
Pleasures and Excesses Tranquilizers
Late Antiquity
Introduction
The ""Wellborn"" Few Person and Group in Judaism and Early Christianity
Church and Leadership
The Challenge of the Desert East and West

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