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    DescriptionThis book brings Rome's invisible inhabitants to life. Robert Knapp seeks out the tradespeople, innkeepers, housewives, priests, prostitutes, freedmen, slaves, soldiers and gladiators who formed the fabric of everyday life in ancient Rome and the outlaws and pirates who lay beyond it. Robert Knapp brings invisible inhabitants of Rome and its vast empire to life. He seeks out the ordinary men, housewives, prostitutes, freedmen, slaves, soldiers, and gladiators, who formed the fabric of everyday life in the ancient Roman world, and the outlaws and pirates who lay beyond it. He finds their own words preserved in literature, letters, inscriptions and graffiti and their traces in the nooks and crannies of the histories, treatises, plays and poetry created by members of the elite. He tracks down and pieces together these and other tell-tale bits of evidence cast off by the visible mass of Roman history and culture, and in doing so recreates a world lost from view for two millennia. We see how everyday Romans sought to survive and thrive under the afflictions of disease, war, and violence, and to control their fates before powers that variously oppressed and ignored them. Chapters on each of the main groups reveal how their worlds were linked in need, dependence, exploitation, hope and fear. Slaves and ex-soldiers merge into the world of the outlaw; slaves become freedmen; the sons of freedmen enlist as soldiers; and, the concerns of women transcend every boundary. We see them all at last in the tumult of a great empire that shaped their worlds as it reshaped the wider world around them.


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    Title
    Invisible Romans
    Subtitle
    Ordinary Men and Women, Slaves, Freedmen, Soldiers, Prostitutes, Outlaws, Gladiators
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert C. Knapp
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846684012
    ISBN 10: 1846684013
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    BIC subject category V2: JHB, 1QDAR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, HIS039000
    DC22: 305.560937
    Illustrations note
    16
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    16 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Robert Knapp taught ancient history for over thirty years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has published extensively on the world of the Roman Empire.