A Profile of Ancient Rome

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Getty Publications, 2003 - Philosophy - 216 pages
During the 1000-year history of Ancient Rome, the Romans developed a vast and sophisticated society that would produce a lasting legacy for Western culture. This is an overview of all facets of Ancient Roman society, including chapters devoted to Rome's economic and social system, its art and architecture - including large-scale building projects such as the Forum, the Colosseum and the Appian Way - and the everyday life of its inhabitants. It presents not only the accomplishments of the most eminent citizens of Ancient Rome, such as Julius Caesar, Cicero and Seneca, but also the often surprising details about the activities, customs and beliefs of common people - matrons and children, soldiers and tax collectors, musicians and craftsmen, slaves and poets.
 

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Contents

76 One Triad and Many Gods
76
Important Cults
78
Myths Legends and Traditions
80
Priestly Schools
82
DivinationInterpreting the Signs of the Gods
84
Religion in Private Life
86
Funerary Rituals
88
Superstitions and the Practice of Magic
90
Trade
146
The Treasury in Rome
148
Architecture and Art 1 50 Building Materials and Techniques
150
Houses of the RomansDomus and Insula
152
Building Types
154
City and Regional Planning
156
The Representation of Reality
158
Painting and Mosaics
160

Language and Literature 92 The Infancy of a Language
92
The Discovery of Sentiment
94
Oratory
96
the Historians
98
Spiritual Guides for a World in Crisis
100
Political and Legal System 102 The Senate and the People
102
Civil Power and Military Power
104
The Magistracy
106
The Price of Fame
108
no The Administration of the Provinces and the State
110
Insignia of Power
112
Civis Romanus
114
Administration of Justice
116
Crime and Punishment
118
Lawyers and Jurists
120
The Creation of Consensus
122
Armies and Weapons 124 Romes Fighting
124
Weapons and Equipment
126
Enemies
128
Defensive Systems
130
The Pomp of Victory
132
the Praetorian Guard
134
Economic and Social System 136 Agrarian System
136
Cattle Raising and Sheep Farming
138
Quarries and Mines
140
The Organization of Labor
142
Banks and Money
144
Art and Craft
162
LargeScale Projects 164 The Via Appia The Queen of Roads
164
The Domus Aurea Neros Utopia
166
The Coliseum Symbol of the Empire
168
The Palatium Home to the Emperors
170
The Forum Heart of the City
172
Hadrians Villa Anthology of Imperial Memories
174
Trajans Column Monument to Victory
176
The Aurelian Walls the Citys Defense
178
Villa del Casale a Peaceful Sanctuary
180
Everyday Life 182 Clothing and Coiffure
182
The Art of Seduction
184
Sickness and Health
186
Romans at Table
188
Games and Sports
190
Care of the Body
192
The Baths and Social Life
194
Childhood and School
196
The Role of Women
198
Love in Rome
200
Furnishings
202
The Traffic Problem
204
Music and Dance
206
The Calendar and the Measurement of Time
208
Glossary
210
Index
215
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Flavio Conti is professor at the Facolta di Architettura del Politecnico in Milan, Italy and the chief associate of a firm specializing in architecture, design, and restoration.

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