Daily Life in Ancient Rome: The People and the City at the Height of the Empire

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This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D., the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus. It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity. The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles, and the day's routines are reconstructed from an immense fund of archaeological evidence and from vivid descriptions by ancient poets, satirists, letter-writers, and novelists-from Petronius to Pliny ...
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Overview

This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D., the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus. It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity. The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles, and the day's routines are reconstructed from an immense fund of archaeological evidence and from vivid descriptions by ancient poets, satirists, letter-writers, and novelists-from Petronius to Pliny the Younger. In a new Introduction, the eminent classicist Mary Beard appraises the book's enduring-and sometimes surprising-influence and its value for general readers and students. She also provides an up-to-date bibliographic essay."Carcopino's pledge to his readers was to open up to them some traces of the world that lay underneath the grandeur that remains the public face of ancient Rome. . . . No one has ever done it better."-Mary Beard, from the Introduction

Author Biography: Jérôme Carcopino (1881-1970) was the author of many books on ancient Rome including César and Ovid and the Cult of Isis. Mary Beard is the author or coauthor of numerous books including The Parthenon, Classics: A Very Short Introduction, Classical Art: From Greece to Rome, and Religions of Rome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300101867
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 690,089
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I The physical and moral background of Roman life
I The extent and population of the city 3
II Houses and streets 22
III Society and social classes 52
IV Marriage, woman, and the family 76
V Education and religion 101
Pt. II The day's routine
VI The morning 143
VII Occupations 171
VIII Shows and spectacles 202
IX Afternoon and evening 248
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    Daily Life in Ancient Rome

    Carcopino wrote the book so that I could pcture mentally what the buildings, streets and people were like. A well-written book that comes to life at least for me.

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