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Houses and society in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1994]

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xviii, 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Central Library DG70.P7 W33 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Central Library DG70.P7 W33 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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. Now in paperback.

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From its start archaeology has been allied with art history, but recently it has been moving toward social history. First steps in Roman studies were taken by John R. Clarke, The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 BC - AD 250 (CH, Jul'92). Now Wallace-Hadrill, already well known for studies of Suetonius and patronage, has focused on the cities destroyed in 79 CE. He reads the plans and excavation reports like texts, uses them to show the vocabulary of Roman domestic architecture, and then describes the social structures and conventions that produced that vocabulary. It is amazing how much is discovered about imperial society from sites long studied and familiar. For example, it is clear that freedmen were far more high-status and far more assimilated than had been believed. Good illustrations and plans support the text admirably; the style is a model of precision and clarity; extensive notes, bibliography, glossary, and index combine to make this a valuable tool for further study. Altogether a truly outstanding work, one that belongs in every classical collection. General and academic readers at all levels. R. I. Frank; University of California, Irvine

Table of Contents

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 Housep. 3
Ch. 2 The Language of Public and Privatep. 17
Ch. 3 The Articulation of the Housep. 38
Pt. II Sampling Pompeii and Herculaneum
Ch. 4 Houses and Urban Texturep. 65
Ch. 5 Houses and Householdsp. 91
Ch. 6 Houses and Tradep. 118
Ch. 7 Luxury and Statusp. 143
Ch. 8 Epiloguep. 175
Appendix List of Houses Surveyedp. 187
Notesp. 217
Glossaryp. 231
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 241

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