Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Daily Life in Ancient Rome

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This classic book brings to life imperial Rome as it was during the second century A.D., the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus. It was a period marked by lavish displays of wealth, a dazzling cultural mix, and the advent of Christianity. The splendor and squalor of the city, the spectacles, and the day's routines are reconstructed from an immense fund of archaeological evidence and from vivid descriptions by ancient poets, satirists, letter-writers, and novelists--from Petronius to Pliny the Younger. In a new Introduction, the eminent classicist Mary Beard appraises the book's enduring--and sometimes surprising--influence and its value for general readers and students. She also provides an up-to-date bibliographic essay.show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • French
  • 2nd
  • bibliography, notes, maps, index
  • 0300000316
  • 9780300000313

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"Carcopino's pledge to his readers was to open up to them some traces of the world that lay underneath the grandeur that remains the public face of ancient Rome.... No one has ever done it better."show more

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This is a reference work for classical students, a scholarly study of the people and the city at the height of the Empire, from the mid first century AD to the end of Claudius' reign. Against a reconstruction of the physical and historical aspects, a picture is drawn, from all sides, of the daily life, houses, clothes, food, entertainment, occupations, etc., etc. Yale Press has made such a good looking book of it, that the layman may be enticed into thinking it a book for the general reader. (Kirkus Reviews)show more