Life, Death, and Entertainment in the Roman Empire

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University of Michigan Press, 1999 - History - 353 pages
Life, Death, and Entertainment gives those who have a general interest in Roman antiquity a starting point informed by the latest developments in scholarship for understanding the extraordinary range of Roman society. Family structure, gender identity, food supply, religion, and entertainment are all crucial to an understanding of the Roman world. As views of Roman history have broadened in recent decades to encompass a wider range of topics, the need has grown for a single volume that can offer a starting point for these diverse subjects, for readers of all backgrounds.
This collection fills such a need by uniting a series of general introductions on each of these topics for the non-specialist. Each essay brings readers into contact with broadly ranging evidence, as well as with a wide variety of approaches that are needed to study basic questions about the Roman world.
Essays explore the Roman family, gender definition, demography, Roman food supply, Roman religion, and the wide variety of public entertainments throughout the empire. The volume brings together an unparalleled range of methodologies and topics. It will enable the modern reader to understand the Roman world in all its complexity. The general reader will welcome this approachable and timely text.
Contributors to the volume include Greg Aldrete, Hazel Dodge, Bruce W. Frier, Maud Gleason, Ann Hanson, David Mattingly, and David Potter.
D. S. Potter is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin, University of Michigan.

D. J. Mattingly is Professor of Roman Archaeology, University of Leicester.


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The Roman Family
Elite Male Identity in the Roman Empire
Roman Demography
Roman Religion Ideas and Actions
Feeding the City The Organization Operation and Scale of the Supply System for Rome
Amusing the Masses Buildings for Entertainment and Leisure in the Roman World
Entertainers in the Roman Empire

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