Daily Life in Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook

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Hackett Publishing, Feb 11, 2016 - History - 296 pages
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"One really must admire Harvey’s achievement in this sourcebook. With just 350 passages (more than half of them consisting of Latin inscriptions, from all over Rome’s empire), Harvey manages to give his readers a real sense of Roman private values and behaviors. His translations of the original texts are superb—both accurate and elegant. And he contextualizes his chosen passages with a series of remarkably economical but solidly reliable introductions. In a word, Harvey’s sourcebook strikes me as the best now available for a single-semester undergraduate course."
—T. Corey Brennan, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
 

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Contents

A Short History of the Empire
1
The Structure of Society
7
Virtue and Vice
21
The Family
40
Women
59
Children
79
Slaves
99
Three Cities in Italy
121
The Army
229
Life in the Country
244
The Baths
256
Dinner Parties
272
Bars and Inns
283
Public EntertainmentThe Theater and Circus
294
Public EntertainmentThe Amphitheater
309
Glossary
324

The Urban Experience
142
Housing
151
Neighborhoods Water Sanitation and the Grain Supply
164
The Daily Routine
181
Business and Occupations
198
Religion
211
Works Quoted
331
Bibliography
338
Index
343
Back Cover
347
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Brian K. Harvey is Associate Professor of Classics, Kent State University.

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