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Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in…

Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome (2009)

by Ray Laurence

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Bits were interesting, Roman air pollution from metal refining, Romans as collectors, the enjoyment of violence. All the information about the sex lives of the emperors was from one source, Suetonious, the author does mention that having only one source makes the information less than totally believable but build an entire long chapter around all the details. ( )
1 vote Janientrelac | Dec 24, 2009 |
"Ironically, what Laurence's prose lacks is passion. He argues blandly that Nero's Golden House, the gargantuan palace he built after the fire of AD 64 destroyed much of the city, was an architectural innovation that enabled Nero to present himself to the Roman citizenry in a domestic setting: 'Here, the emperor could entertain his people in person and display for them the spectacle of empire.'"
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The world of pleasure became a defining feature of the Romans and this book explores how they pursued sensual delights - from steamy bathhouses to stately country villas; the excesses of the festivals to the rich culture of music, dance and song and sex, as both unrestrained and puritanical.… (more)

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