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A History of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium

A History of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium


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ISBN-13: 9780674399747
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/28/1992
Series: History of Private Life Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul Veyne is Professor at the Collège de France.

Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.

Table of Contents

by Georges Duby

by Paul Veyne

1. Roman Empire
by Paul Veyne


From Mother's Womb to Last Will and Testament



The Household and Its Freed Slaves

Where Public Life Was Private

"Work" and Leisure


Public Opinion and Utopia

Pleasures and Excesses


2. Late Antiquity
by Peter Brown


The "Wellborn" Few

Person and Group in Judaism and Early Christianity

Church and Leadership

The Challenge of the Desert

East and West: The New Marital Morality

3. Private Life and Domestic Architecture in Roman Africa
by Yvon Thébert

The Roman Home: Foreword by Paul Veyne

Some Theoretical Considerations

The Domestic Architecture of the Ruling Class

"Private" and "Public" Spaces: The Components of the Domus

How the Domus Worked


4. The Early Middle Ages in the West
by Michel Rouche

Introduction by Paul Veyne

Historical Introduction

Private Life Conquers State and Society

Body and Heart

Violence and Death

Sacred and Secret


5. Byzantium in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
by Evelyne Patlagean

The Byzantine Empire

Private Space

Self and Others

The Inner Life

Private Belief






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A History of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Florentius on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a deceptive book. It's not really a 'history of private life', nor does it really cover much of the ground between 'Rome and Byzantium.' It is a collection of papers by French academics from the Annales School, translated into English, with a lot of very nice plates which occasionally have some relation to the text they accompany. It lacks proper citations and reads more like a philosophical/political tract than a proper history book.
Kateingilo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Used this book as a resource when in school in Jerusalem. Very informative and interesting.
haeesh on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is a little less than satisfying. Each section is by a different author. Peter Brown on Late Antiquity is good. Paul Veyne is so-so: he makes many generalizations on Ancient Rome and seems to concentrate on the upper classes exclusively. Yvon Thebet is excellent on the architect of North Africa (How is this about private life?). Informative, with a great bunch of pictures but ultimately a mixed bag.