Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum

by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691029091

ISBN-13: 9780691029092

Pub. Date: 07/08/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Few sources reveal the life of the ancient Romans as vividly as do the houses preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. Wealthy Romans lavished resources on shaping their surroundings to impress their crowds of visitors. The fashions they set were taken up and imitated by ordinary citizens. In this illustrated book, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the rich potential

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Few sources reveal the life of the ancient Romans as vividly as do the houses preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. Wealthy Romans lavished resources on shaping their surroundings to impress their crowds of visitors. The fashions they set were taken up and imitated by ordinary citizens. In this illustrated book, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the rich potential of the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum to offer new insights into Roman social life. Exposing misconceptions derived from contemporary culture, he shows the close interconnection of spheres we take as discrete: public and private, family and outsiders, work and leisure.

Combining archaeological evidence with Roman texts and comparative material from other cultures, Wallace-Hadrill raises a range of new questions. How did the organization of space and the use of decoration help to structure social encounters between owner and visitor, man and woman, master and slave? What sort of "households" did the inhabitants of the Roman house form? How did the world of work relate to that of entertainment and leisure? How widely did the luxuries of the rich spread among the houses of craftsmen and shopkeepers? Through analysis of the remains of over two hundred houses, Wallace-Hadrill reveals the remarkably dynamic social environment of early imperial Italy, and the vital part that houses came to play in defining what it meant "to live as a Roman."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691029092
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/08/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.47(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Note on Form of References to Houses
Pt. IThe Social Structure of The Roman House
Ch. 1Reading the Roman House3
Ch. 2The Language of Public and Private17
Ch. 3The Articulation of the House38
Pt. IISampling Pompeii and Herculaneum
Ch. 4Houses and Urban Texture65
Ch. 5Houses and Households91
Ch. 6Houses and Trade118
Ch. 7Luxury and Status143
Ch. 8Epilogue175
Appendix: List of Houses Surveyed187
Notes217
Glossary231
Bibliography233
Index241

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