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A History of Private Life, Volume 1: From Pagan Rome to Byzantium (1985)

by Paul Veyne (Editor), Philippe Ariès (General Editor), Georges Duby (General Editor)

Other authors: Peter Brown (Contributor), Evelyne Patlagean (Contributor), Michel Rouche (Contributor), Yvon Thébert (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: A History of Private Life (1), La vita privata (1)

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First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves--from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning... ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 10, 2015 |
Dense, interesting, uneven. I didn’t realize this was translated from French. I don’t think I’ve reached for the dictionary this often in quite a while. Much more like a textbook than I was expecting, it’s a collection of essays, not the History Channel overview I was expecting. As someone who hasn’t studied much of this time it did give me a completely different perspective, although I suspect everyone would not agree with the picture presented here. ( )
  bongo_x | Oct 7, 2014 |
I found the chapters on Rome enlightening and fascinating. This book brings home the brutality of daily Roman life, especially with its descriptions of abandoned infants left to die by the side of the road. It is important when looking at the merits of the Greek and Roman cultures whose heritage we have inherited to take off our rose-colored glasses and see the flip-side as well. This book reveals a lot of history overlooked elsewhere. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 30, 2013 |
Not as much on private life as one expects from the title. Nature of matherial concentrates on upper classes and therefore, to a certain extent on public implications of private actions and habits.
  ritaer | May 18, 2011 |
This volume, like the enire series is exceptionally insightful in providing a comprehensive picture of daily life in the select periods on which the authors focus. The chapter organization is especially effective and the visual aides illucidate the argument.
  DanelMaddison | Feb 14, 2010 |
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Veyne, PaulEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ariès, PhilippeGeneral Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Duby, GeorgesGeneral Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Patlagean, EvelyneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rouche, MichelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thébert, YvonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldhammer, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0674399749, Paperback)

First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves—from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning of virtue, and the separation of private and public spaces.

The emergence of Christianity in the West and the triumph of Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy, and austerity is startlingly contrasted with the profane and undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Using illuminating motifs, the authors weave a rich, colorful fabric ornamented with the results of new research and the broad interpretations that only masters of the subject can provide.

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