ISBN-10:
0674399749
ISBN-13:
9780674399747
Pub. Date:
09/01/1992
Publisher:
Harvard
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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Overview

First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves—from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning of virtue, and the separation of private and public spaces.

The emergence of Christianity in the West and the triumph of Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy, and austerity is startlingly contrasted with the profane and undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Using illuminating motifs, the authors weave a rich, colorful fabric ornamented with the results of new research and the broad interpretations that only masters of the subject can provide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674399747
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/1992
Series: History of Private Life Series , #1
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

Foreword
by Georges Duby

Introduction
by Paul Veyne

1. Roman Empire
by Paul Veyne

Introduction

From Mother's Womb to Last Will and Testament

Marriage

Slavery

The Household and Its Freed Slaves

Where Public Life Was Private

"Work" and Leisure

Patrimony

Public Opinion and Utopia

Pleasures and Excesses

Tranquilizers

2. Late Antiquity
by Peter Brown

Introduction

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

Conclusion

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

Conclusion

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

The Byzantine Empire

Private Space

Self and Others

The Inner Life

Private Belief

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

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