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In this well-written and well-researched social history F.R. Cowell succeeds in making Life in Ancient Rome alive and dynamic. The combination of acute historical detail and supplementary illustrations makes this book perfectly suited for the student preparing to explore the classics, as well as the tourist preparing to explore twentieth-century Rome. Lucid and engaging, Life In Ancient Rome is for anyone seeking familiarity with the greatness that was Rome.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgment

Map of Rome

I THE CITY OF ROME

The Rise and Growth of the City

Apartments and Houses

Furniture

Gardens

II GROWING UP IN ANCIENT ROME

Home Education

School and Schoolmasters

School Education

Telling the Time

The Calendar

Money

Weights and Measures

Higher Studies

III FAMILY LIFE

The Spirit of Home Life

Women at Home

Encouraging Large Families

Beauty Treatment

Barbers

Clothes

Meals, Food and Drink

Kitchens and Cooking

Making Bread

Wine

Health and Hygiene

Death and Burial

IV SLAVERY

Origins and Development of Slavery

Cost of Slaves

Slave Labour

Treatment of Slaves

Slave Revolts

Freedmen and Freedwomen

V EARNING A LIVING

Traditional Attitudes to Industry and Trade

Rome's Imports and Their Transport

Building

Clothing, Milling and Baking

Market-Gardening in and around Rome

Shops and Markets

Professional Life

Lawyers

Doctors

Surgeons

Writers

Free Food

Inns, Taverns and Snack Bars

Roman Roads

Class Distinctions

VI LEISURE HOURS

Work and Leisure Hours

The Lure of Rome

The Baths

High Society

The Elegant Younger Set

Dances

Cultural Interests

Music

Oratory

Books and Reading

Shows and Spectacles

The Stage

Chariot Races

A Day at the Amphitheatre

Roman Dynamism

VII RELIGION

Traditional Beliefs

State Religion

Festivals and Games

Astrology

Mystery Cults

Isis and Osiris

Mithraism

The Rise of Christianity

Chronological Summary

A Note about Books

Index

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

1 A sacrifice in front of the Temple of Juno Moneta

2 Part of Constantine's triumphal procession passing through the Forum Romanum

3 Part of Constantine's triumphal procession passing the Tabularium and ascending the steps of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus

4 The atrium, or central courtyard, of a Roman house

5 Hypocaust system of central heating

6 Chair

7 Couch

8 Roman lighting

9 Braziers

10 Earthenware cups and dishes

11 Jewellery

12 A peristyle

13 Lararium, or shrine of the Lar familiaris

14 Schoolmaster flogging a pupil

15 A banker

16 A schoolroom scene

17 Interior of a shop selling belts and pillows

18-22 Some coins of the early Empire

23 Wedding ceremony

24 A baker and his wife

25 A well-to-do lady being dressed by her slave girls

26 Beauty aids

27 Bronze hand-mirror

28 Beards of the Second Century A.D. and the late Republic

29 Fullers at work

30 Full Roman dress

31 Military dress

32 Glassware

33 A Roman kitchen

34 Kitchen utensils

35 Bronze urn

36 Earthenware jars for storing wine and oil

37 Small wine-table

38 Part of a funeral procession

39 Tombs of eminent citizens

40 Columbaria

41 Sale of a foreign slave

42 A rich lady being carried in a litter

43 An aqueduct

44 Slave driving his master's coach

45 Manumission, or ceremonial freeing of a slave

46 Carrier's wagon leaving a wine-merchant's shop

47 A barge, laden with wine, being towed up the Tiber, from Ostia to Rome

48 Loading a barge at Ostia

49 Ass and slaves at work in a flour mill

50 A pharmacy

51 A retail merchant's shop

52 The Forum Trajani, the market built by the Emperor Trajan in A.D. 114

53 A steelyard

54 A cobbler

55 A baker's shop

56 The interior of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus

57 A selection of surgical instruments

58 Grain measures

59 An inn scene

60 The frigidarium of the Baths of Caracalla

61 Bathers wrestling in a palaestra

62 Masseur's oil-container, strigils and oil-pan

63 A dinner party

64-7 Roman silverware of the second century A.D.

68 The triclinium of the Palace of Domitian

69 Silver cup

70 Drinking horns

71 Women's hair styles

72 Street musicians and musical instruments

73 An orator

74 Writing equipment

75 The Theatre of Pompey, the Odeon and Stadium of Domitian, and the Baths of Nero and Agrippa

76 The Colosseum and the Colossus of Nero

77 The Circus Maximus

78 A four-horse chariot rounding one of the turning-posts in the circus

79 Gladiator's arms

80 The Colosseum: duel between a retiarius and a mirmillo

81 Altar of Augustus and the Lares

82 Animals being led to sacrifice

83 A priest

84 Part of a Mithraic altar: Mithra slaying a bull

85 Part of the sarcophagus of a Christian and his wife, showing Christ the Good Shepherd

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399503283
Author:
Cowell, F. R.
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Author:
Cowell, Frank Richard
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Rome Social life and customs.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Perigee
Series Volume:
8505
Publication Date:
February 1976
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.57x5.17x.55 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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