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Empire of Pleasures

Empire of PleasuresI am burning to possess this book, after the reviews of my amicus Cimon Aristocratos! Empire of Pleasures presents an evocative survey of the sensory culture of the Roman Empire, showing how the Romans themselves depicted and visualized their food, wine and entertainments in literature and in art. This fascinating journey envelops the reader in a world devoted to the titillation and fulfillment of the senses, recapturing the Empire as it was sensed and imagined by those who lived in it. At the same time, Andrew Dalby creates a compelling new approach to the work of many of the best known Roman poets.


The Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireThe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

This seminal work by Edward Gibbon, written in the Eighteenth Century, is touted as one of the great works of the English language. While new theories and discoveries concerning Rome and its empire are always being made, no historian should be without a copy, and this abridged paperback contains all three volumes.


 

A Taste of Ancient Rome A Taste of Ancient Rome

Includes 200 recipes gleaned classical Roman writers as Apicius, Cato, Martial, and Petronius, adapted for modern measures, ingredients, and facilities. The Latin is included to impress guests with. Nicely illustrated. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Translated from the 1986 A Cena da Lucullo.


Roman Cookery: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens

Roman CookeryAuthor Mark Grant unveils one of the last great mysteries of Roman cuisine: how the ordinary people of Ancient Rome dined. Classics teacher Grant explores tantalizing hints from several sources outside the famed Apicius and explains the cultural values ascrobed to Roman cuisine. Recipes adapted for the modern Roman and American kitchens. Delightfully easy to read.


Daily Life  in Ancient   Rome

Daily Life in Ancient Rome

You'll walk the narrow, crowded first and second century Roman streets, flanked by teetering, five-story tenements. Jérôme Carcopino summons Rome to life, from refined Roman society: public baths, parks, the theater, and dinners hosted by the wealthy for their friends to slavery and the gladiatorial games which entertained the Roman public with the appallingly casual slaughter of both man and beast.


As the Romans Did

As the Romans Did I risked the ire of my local lending library by hanging onto this book for far too long. This outstanding sourcebook reveales everyday Roman life from the words of the Romans themselves, as revealed in letters, manuals, recipes, graffiti, and inscriptions, as well as literary sources.

Each selection is thematically arranged to develop a detailed picture of life in all strata of society and a survey of the full range of social activity: from the enactment of imperialist policies to the specifics of daily life for the average Roman. Readers are introduced to Roman family life, housing, entertainment, medicine, education, religion, and other important topics.

Annotations, bibliographical notes, maps, appendices, and textual cross-references provide the historical and cultural background necessary for readers in a lively, easily readable format.


Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome

A reference to facts and figures about ancient Rome from the eight century B.C. to the fifth A.D. Each thematic sections cover the republic and the empire, military affairs, geography, town and country, travel and trade, literature, religion, economy and industry, and everyday aspects such as family, entertainment, and medicine. Each section concludes with a list of further reading.


Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire

Life, Death and Entertainment in the Roman Empire A fine resource volume, containing essays by various scholars, this books responds to the growth in interest in all aspects of ancient Rome. Teachers of Roman social history will find the essays by David S. Potter, Ann E. Hanson, Maud W. Gleason, Hazel Dodge and others a welcome resource since the demise of "course packs;" likewise, the book is sure to please the armchair historian.

I Clavdia : Women in Ancient Rome

I CLAVDIA A beautifully photographed companion to the exhibition organized by Yale University's Art Gallery. Provides the first comprehensive study of the lives of Roman women as revealed in Roman art, but deserves extra emphasis in the history section for its fine essays discussing the lives and experiences of women in Roman times.


I Clavdia II: Women in Roman Art and Society

I CLAVIDIA III was greatly excited to see yet another volume of essays sparked by the exhibit of Roman sculpture at Yale University. Diana E. E. Kleiner and Susan B. Matheson have gather ten additional essays by specialists in art history, history, and papyrology to offer reflections on women in Roman society based on material evidence provided by art, archaeology, and ancient literary sources. Both volumes are treasures; a must-have for anyone interested in social history or women's history


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