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    DescriptionImmerse yourself in the sensual delights of Rome in all their guises. By the time of the emperors, the Romans had created the world's first global empire, and plundered the provinces for produce to be eaten, planted or displayed as novelties. At the same time the aesthetics of the city of Rome was being transferred to the provinces, establishing towns with public buildings, baths and the Latin language. With these attributes of civilisation came other trappings of Roman culture: lavish entertainments, elaborate dinner parties and vice. The world of pleasure became a defining feature of the Romans, and this book explores how they pursued sensual delights - from steamy bathhouses to stately country villas; the excesses of the festivals to the rich culture of music, dance and song and sex, as both unrestrained and puritanical.

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    Roman Passions
    A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ray Laurence
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9781441134851
    ISBN 10: 1441134859

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 937.06
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    DC22: 306.4810937
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    LC classification: DG223.3 .L38 2010
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    Illustrations note
    12 bw illustrations
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    02 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Dr Ray Laurence is Strategic Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. The author of many titles, his most recent publication is Pompeii The Living City (with Alex Butterworth) which was awarded the Longman-History Today New Generation Prize 2006.
    Review quote
    "'It is all here: emperors' luxurious lifestyles, magnificent urban architecture, grand country villas, baths, sex, food, drink, the theatre, games (especially violent ones) and collecting and displaying rarities... Commendably detailed.' - BBC History Magazine"
    Table of contents
    1: Introduction - Roman Passions; 2: Into the World of Roman Pleasure; 3: The Emperor's Pleasures; 4: The Aesthetics of the City; 5: A Little Place in the Country; 6: The Roman Body at the Baths; 7: Roman Erotics; 8: Dining; 9: Food and Wine; 10: A Great Song and Dance; 11: Violence; 12: Collectors and Collections; 13: Pleasure transforms Roman culture; Timeline; Glossary of terms; Further Reading; Bibliography; Index.