Rome in Late Antiquity: Everyday Life and Urban Change, AD 312-609

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Taylor & Francis, 2001 - History - 185 pages
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Rome in Late Antiquity examines the city's radical transformation from the capital of the classical Roman empire to the center of medieval Christendom. Between the early fourth and early sixth century, Rome faced the ordeals of destruction and the impoverishment of its population, while churches came to dominate where once there had been pagan temples and imperial monuments. Bertrand Lancon's evocative depictions of everyday life for inhabitants, popes, and aristocrats capture the vitality of the city in flux during these three crucial centuries. First published in French, Lancon's nuanced account of this turbulent period in Rome's past combines elegant prose with meticulous scholarship. Also inlcludes six maps.
 

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Contents

Looking at the city
3
Transforming the citys image
17
War and invasion in the fifth and sixth
35
Urban administration
45
The nobility elite of the human race
59
Tradesmen and plebs
76
Ancestral cults
87
The expansion of Christianity
98
Transforming the calendar
130
Festivals and entertainments
141
Education and culture
149
The iniluence oi Christian Rome
157
Conclusion
163
Chronology
175
Index
183
Copyright

Material civilisation and mental attitudes
115

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About the author (2001)

Bertrand Lancon is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Valenciennes.

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