The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire


By (author) Paul Veyne

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  • Publisher: The Belknap Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 224mm x 15mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0674777719
  • ISBN 13: 9780674777712
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,371,991

Product description

Appearing earlier in the multivolume series "A History of Private Life", this text is a history of the Roman Empire in pagan times. It is an interpretation of the universal civilization of the Romans, so much of it Hellenic, that later gave way to Christianity. The civilization, culture, literature, art, and even religion of Rome are discussed in this work.

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Author information

Paul Veyne is Professor at the College de France.

Review quote

From reviews of A History of Private Life: 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 From reviews of A History of Private Life: This series has deservedly attracted huge praise from historians of all hues for its scholarly imagination and beautiful presentation. -- Andrew Freedman Financial Times

Table of contents

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 Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index