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Daily life in ancient Rome
Dupont, Florence.
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Uniform Title:
Vie quotidienne du citoyen romain sous la République. English.
Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, USA : Blackwell, 1994.
Physical Description:
xi, 314 pages : illustrations : 23 cm
General Note:
Translation of: La vie quotidienne du citoyen romain sous la République -- France : Hachette, 1989.

English translation first published 1992, first published in paperback 1994.
Naming and honour -- Wealth and poverty -- Slaves and freedmen -- The organization of Roman space -- Roman houses -- The family -- The army -- Living in Rome -- Political life in the city -- Time and the Romans -- Measuring time -- The Roman calendar and festivities -- The ages of man -- The body : moral and physical aspects -- Clothing, finery and bathing -- Food, banqueting and the pleasures of the evening.
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DG78 .D8713 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
DG78 .D8713 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book, now available in paperback, concerns the everyday private and public lives of the citizens of ancient Rome. Drawing on a broad selection of contemporary sources, the author examines the institutions, actions and rituals of day to day life.

Author Notes

Florence Dupont is Professor of Latin at the University ofNice.

Christopher Woodall is a freelance translator andjournalist.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Dupont has written a fascinating study of Roman society during the Republic (509-27 B.C.). She examines the political, legal, and economic divisions in society and Roman ideas of space and time, religion, family relations, and philosophy of self. The Roman citizen's concept of honor and self depended totally on externals--how he carried out his civic duties and how others viewed him (not unlike the Japanese). While histories of Rome abound, nothing quite like Dupont's study exists in most public library systems. She has based her findings almost solely on primary sources and quotes liberally from them, especially Livy, Plutarch, Cato, Horace, and Cicero. The tone is scholarly, but this translation from the French is lively and enjoyable for a more general audience. Recommended for academic and large public libraries and wherever ancient history is still considered important.--Katharine L. Kan, Aiea P.L., Hawaii (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Although there is no shortage of books on everyday life in the ancient world, Dupont's study bears little resemblance to the majority of them, including the identically titled (in translation) classic by her compatriot, Jerome Carcopino (1940). Dupont's book is filled with fascinating minutiae of the material aspects and customs of Roman life, as are the others, but she relates this information in a context of sociological and psychological analysis. Her goal is not merely to describe Roman habits and attitudes, but also to explain them. Dupont's views may not win universal approval from specialists, e.g., her explanation of the Roman attitude toward slavery, but they are consistently thoughtful and benefit from her mastery of the recent scholarly literature. This book is a bit more demanding of the reader and perhaps a bit less fun that Carcopino's or J. P.V.D. Balsdon's Life and Leisure in Ancient Rome (CH, Feb'70), but it updates their approach in some valuable ways. General; advanced undergraduate; graduate. R. P. Legon; University of Baltiomre

Table of Contents

Part I The City and its People
1 Naming and Honour
2 Wealth and Opulence
3 Freedom
Part II Places and Lives
4 The Organization of Roman Space
5 Roman Houses
6 The Family
7 The Army
8 Living in Rome
9 Political Life in the City
Part III Time and Action
10 Time and the Romans
11 Measuring Time
12 The Roman Calendar and Festivities
13 The Ages of Man
Part IV The Roman Body
14 People and Bodies
15 Clothing, Finery and Bathing
16 Food, Banqueting and the Pleasures of the Evening
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