Everyday Life in Ancient Rome / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

I. Asimov: A Memoir
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

I. Asimov: A Memoir - Isaac Asimov

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.

Of Ages Past Magazine

A series of concise sketches of key phases of life in the Roman world during its greatest period, the era of peace and prosperity in the first and second centuries A.D.

Booknews
Offers a lively introduction to life in the Roman world during its greatest period, presenting a series of vignettes focusing on the ways of life of various members of that society, from the slave to the emperor. This revised edition, first published in 1975 as The Horizon Book of Daily Life in Ancient Rome, includes two new chapters as well as full documentation of sources. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801859922
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: revised and expanded edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 747,823
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Lionel Casson is professor emeritus of classics at New York University and has written many books about life in the ancient world, including Travel in the Ancient World, and Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World, both available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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"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 Everyday Live in Ancient Rome

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
I The Times 1
II The Family 10
III On the Farm 24
IV In the City 30
V A Roman Gentleman 48
VI The Slave 57
VII Two Resurrected Cities 65
VIII The Soldier 77
IX Many Gods 84
X Fun and Games 98
XI On the Road 109
XII The Engineer 125
XIII The Emperor 136
App Table of Roman Emperors 147
Abbreviations 149
Notes 151
Index 163
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