As Wallace-Hadrill remarks in his preface, `according to the recommendations of the teachers of oratory, the house should serve as a storehouse of memories'. By examining the archaeological evidence from over two hundred houses in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roman texts, and comparative material from other cultures he tries to unlock these memories, asking such questions as how organisation of space and the use of decoration helped structure social relationships, how the world of work related to that of pleasure, and how widely did the luxuries of the rich spread among the houses of craftsmen and shopkeepers.
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Few sources reveal the life of the ancient Romans as vividly as do 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. In this illustrated book, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the rich potential of the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum to offer new insights into Roman social life. Exposing misconceptions derived from contemporary culture, he shows the close interconnection of spheres we take as discrete: public and private, family and outsiders, work and leisure.About the Author:
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is Professor of Classics at the University of Reading in England.
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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
Descrizione libro Princeton University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0691069875 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1239972