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Everyday Life in Ancient Rome

ISBN-10: 0801859921
ISBN-13: 9780801859922
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
Authors: Lionel Casson
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"This book presents a series of concise sketches of key phases of life in the Roman world during its greatest period, the peaceful and prosperous years of the first and second centuries A.D.: what life was like in the city, in the countryside, on the road; what it was like in the various levels of society... The sketches are fashioned to reveal how the inevitable cycle from birth to death that we all share played out in the circumstances of this very special age." -- from the preface In Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, Lionel Casson offers a lively introduction to the society of the times. Instead of following the standard procedure of social history, he presents a series of vignettes focusing on the "ways of life" of various members of that society, from the slave to the emperor. The book opens with a description of the historical context and includes examination of topics such as the family, religion, urban and rural life, and leisure activities. This revised edition of Casson's engaging work, originally published in 1975 as Daily Life in Ancient Rome, includes two new chapters as well as full documentation of the sources. "I was reading one of Casson's books [ Everyday Life in Ancient Rome] while waiting for [my daughter]... She was late, which would ordinarily have thrown me into a fever of apprehension, but on this occasion I was so wrapped up in the book, I didn't notice. In fact, when she did come back, quite late, I was annoyed because she had interrupted me before I had finished the book. I told Casson this, and he was infinitely pleased." -- Isaac Asimov, from I. Asimov: A Memoir

Lionel Casson, professor emeritus of classics at New York University has written many books on ancient maritime history and ancient travel.

List of Illustrations
Preface
The Times
The Family
On the Farm
In the City
A Roman Gentleman
The Slave
Two Resurrected Cities
The Soldier
Many Gods
Fun and Games
On the Road
The Engineer
The Emperor
Table of Roman Emperors
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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