Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum available in Paperback
Few sources reveal the life of the ancient Romans as vividly as do the houses preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. Wealthy Romans lavished resources on shaping their surroundings to impress their crowds of visitors. The fashions they set were taken up and imitated by ordinary citizens. In this illustrated book, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the rich potential of the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum to offer new insights into Roman social life. Exposing misconceptions derived from contemporary culture, he shows the close interconnection of spheres we take as discrete: public and private, family and outsiders, work and leisure.
Combining archaeological evidence with Roman texts and comparative material from other cultures, Wallace-Hadrill raises a range of new questions. How did the organization of space and the use of decoration help to structure social encounters between owner and visitor, man and woman, master and slave? What sort of "households" did the inhabitants of the Roman house form? How did the world of work relate to that of entertainment and leisure? How widely did the luxuries of the rich spread among the houses of craftsmen and shopkeepers? Through analysis of the remains of over two hundred houses, Wallace-Hadrill reveals the remarkably dynamic social environment of early imperial Italy, and the vital part that houses came to play in defining what it meant "to live as a Roman."
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
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About the Author
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is Professor of Classics at the University of Reading in England.
Table of ContentsList 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 House
Ch. 2 The Language of Public and Private
Ch. 3 The Articulation of the House
Pt. II Sampling Pompeii and Herculaneum
Ch. 4 Houses and Urban Texture
Ch. 5 Houses and Households
Ch. 6 Houses and Trade
Ch. 7 Luxury and Status
Ch. 8 Epilogue
Appendix: List of Houses Surveyed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is more than just a book about Roman houses. This book first describes Roman houses and decoration and then puts them into context by delving into the Roman house as a status object, as a hierarchical space, and as a place for both leisure and work. This book really captures the nature of the Roman by describing what they used their space for. The author compares the Roman home to more modern structures for understanding, but the basis of the book is not to compare and contrast the two. It¿s definitely not the sort of book for someone who is looking for the basics, though. Sometimes, the way the houses are described seems more a mathematical equation than description of living/working space.