Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome

Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome

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By (author) Ray Laurence

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 22mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441134859
  • ISBN 13: 9781441134851
  • Illustrations note: 12 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 654,967

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Immerse 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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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.

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"'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.