Leisure and Ancient Rome

Leisure and Ancient Rome

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In this book Toner offers a new way of looking at Roman society at all levels, not just among the elite, by examining the imperial games and the baths as well as gambling, the taverns, theatre and carnivals.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 208 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745678270
  • 9780745678276

Table of contents

List of Plates. Preface. Texts and Abbreviations. 1. History, Leisure, and Ancient Rome. 2. Leisure. 3. Definitions. 4. Leisure and Otium. . 5. Blood, Swea, and Charioteers: The Imperial Games. 6. The Baths. 7. Goodbye to Gravitas: Popular Culture and Leisure. 8. Gambling. 9. Sex and the Problematization of Leisure. 10. Leisure and the Dialectic of Rome. 11. Epilogue: History, Historicism and Relativism. Notes. Bibliography. Index.show more

About J. P. Toner

Jerry Toner studied Classics at Selwyn College, Cambridge and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1993.show more

Review quote

-Toner's book is at its best in discussing the leisure of the poor. Toner offers an illuminating study of the cultural significance of betting, with reference both to the circus and to other forms of gambling.- The Classical Review "Toner's book is at its best in discussing the leisure of the poor. Toner offers an illuminating study of the cultural significance of betting, with reference both to the circus and to other forms of gambling." The Classical Reviewshow more

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