The Ancient Middle Classes: Urban Life and Aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE

The Ancient Middle Classes: Urban Life and Aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE

by Ernst Emanuel Mayer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674065345
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Emanuel Mayer is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.

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R.R.R. Smith

Mayer has written a bold and striking book that sets the houses and tombs of the Roman middle class under the Empire against a carefully researched backdrop of the contemporary urban economy. He pulls together the art, archaeology, and social history of a new monument-buying class into an elegant and highly readable narrative.
R.R.R. Smith, Oxford University

Edward M. Harris

This is a splendid book written in an engaging style. Mayer illuminates the distinctive social identity and cultural tastes of the the Roman middle classes through a perceptive study of art and literature. His readings of texts and images are subtle and persuasive. Highly recommended for all those interested in Roman Art and Roman Social History.
Edward M. Harris, Durham University

Walter Scheidel

Moving beyond crude stereotypes of a Roman society riven between a gilded 1 percent and a downtrodden 99 percent, Mayer breaks new ground by marshaling a wide range of archaeological evidence to reconstruct the forgotten world of the comfortable middling households who left their mark on the urban landscapes of the ancient Mediterranean.
Walter Scheidel, Stanford University

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