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    DescriptionThis book reveals what life was really like in the ancient world. The emergence of Christianity in the West and Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy and austerity is contrasted with the undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Tracing particular motifs that illuminate this hidden history of life in antiquity, the authors provide an account which takes into account new research.

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    A History of Private Life: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium v. 1
    Authors and contributors
    Volume editor Paul Veyne, Edited by Philippe Aries, Edited by Georges Duby, Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 704
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 1,107 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674399747
    ISBN 10: 0674399749

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    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    16 color illustrations, 417 halftones, 33 line illustrations, 3 maps
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    Publication date
    01 October 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Georges Duby, a member of the Academie Francaise, is Professor of Medieval History at the College de France. Paul Veyne is Professor at the College de France. Arthur Goldhammer received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.
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    The new emphasis on the history of everybody has now been consecrated in [this] ambitious five-volume series...Copious illustrative materials--paintings, drawings, caricatures, and photographs, all cannily chosen and wittily captioned to display domestic life...Magnificent. -- Roger Shattuck New York Times Book Review Together these five compact volumes cover much of the history of the classical world, and do so with both ease and authority. Washington Post Book World This first volume is one of the most arresting, original, and rewarding historical surveys to be published in many years, and its value is enhanced by the hundreds of illustrations, which present almost every conceivable detail of private life as it was lived in the centuries. -- Bernard Knox The Atlantic Private life has always been a matter of public conjecture. This admirable book brings it intelligently into the web of social history and is a model for historians and readers alike. Beautifully produced, it adds apt and rare illustrations to a text by experts who presuppose human curiosity, but no undue knowledge. Its range and level of argument will intrigue anyone who has wondered about past attitudes to such matters as sex and the family, households, social inferiors, dress and even undress. -- Robin Lane Fox Washington Post The five essays collected here...treat readers to a vast array of anecdotes and conjectures about the private life of our forebears. -- Roger Kimball Wall Street Journal This is a long, demanding and very rewarding book. If the remaining four volumes are of this quality, the series will indeed, as the editors claim, be "a milestone in historical research." -- Jane F. Gardner Times Higher Education Supplement A book which makes the reader think, teasing and encouraging with spicy details, long views, a capacity for the unexpected insight. Now for something completely different. -- Jasper Griffin London Review of Books This absorbingly illustrated series is intent on presenting the past with both physical immediacy and with as little academic fuss as possible. The illustrations in the first volume have a subjective penetration of the text that is like an inner musical accompaniment. This volume does not pretend to roll out a complete rug of civilization...Few readers, even of I, Claudius, will have experienced pagan Rome with quite the freshness evident here...History-to-touch. Kirkus Reviews A stimulating--indeed a provocative--and beautiful book on a difficult subject...It's a treasure. Christian Science Monitor
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    This massive, monumental, five-volume study which traces the evolution of private life - the intimate details of the family and the developing importance of the individual - as it has evolved in the Western world over two millennia. Some 50 contributors explore a wide range of sources to provide unique insights and fascinating glimpses into human society. The volume dealing with the Renaissance shows the start of individualism being conferred on children while at the same time came a stronger sense of self. Almost every page is aptly illustrated, and the 3000 pages are as rewarding to dip into as to read from beginning to end. In all, this is a seminal achievement in the writing of history. (Kirkus UK)
    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 Thebert 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