Few sources reveal the life of the ancient Romans as vividly as the houses preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. Wealthy Romans lavished resources on shaping their surroundings to impress their crowds of visitors. The fashions they set were taken up and imitated by ordinary citizens. This study explores the rich potential of the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum in order to offer new insights into Roman social life. Combining archaeological evidence with Roman texts and comparative material from other cultures, the author raises a range of new questions. How did the organization of space and the use of decoration help to structure social encounters between owner and visitor, man and woman, master and slave? What sort of "households" did the inhabitants of the Roman house form? Through analyses of the remains of over two hundred houses, Wallace-Hadrill reveals the remarkably dynamic social environment of early imperial Italy, and the vital part that houses came to play in defining what it meant "to live as a Roman."
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Winner of the James R. Wiseman Award, Archaeological Institute of America
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1994
"Wallace-Hadrill's book now joins the ranks of the revisionist studies [of Pompeian society], but far surpasses them in the breadth of its vision and the fundamental nature of its challenge to the Maiurian orthodoxy. Wallace-Hadrill belongs to a rare breed, the social historian who has an intimate first-hand knowledge of the archaeological evidence; and this book is a fitting witness to the benefits which such a range of interest can bestow. It is a major statement in its field, and will set the agenda for future generations of researchers into Pompeian society." --Roger Ling, Burlington Magazine
"[In] this splendidly illustrated book . . . Wallace-Hadrill argues for a new understanding of urban life in the early [Roman] empire. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in Greco-Roman study." --Richard S. Ascough, Religious Studies Review
|List of Plates|
|List of Figures and Tables|
|Note on Form of References to Houses|
|Pt. I||The Social Structure of The Roman House|
|Ch. 1||Reading the Roman House||3|
|Ch. 2||The Language of Public and Private||17|
|Ch. 3||The Articulation of the House||38|
|Pt. II||Sampling Pompeii and Herculaneum|
|Ch. 4||Houses and Urban Texture||65|
|Ch. 5||Houses and Households||91|
|Ch. 6||Houses and Trade||118|
|Ch. 7||Luxury and Status||143|
|Appendix: List of Houses Surveyed||187|
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Descrizione libro Princeton Univ Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0691069875
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110691069875