Life, Death, and Entertainment in the Roman Empire

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Pub. Date: 1999-01-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Michigan Pr
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Life, Death, and Entertainmentgives those who have a general interest in Roman antiquity a starting point informed by the latest developments in scholarship for understanding the extraordinary range of Roman society. Family structure, gender identity, food supply, religion, and entertainment are all crucial to an understanding of the Roman world. As views of Roman history have broadened in recent decades to encompass a wider range of topics, the need has grown for a single volume that can offer a starting point for these diverse subjects, for readers of all backgrounds. This collection fills such a need by uniting a series of general introductions on each of these topics for the non-specialist. Each essay brings readers into contact with broadly ranging evidence, as well as with a wide variety of approaches that are needed to study basic questions about the Roman world. Essays explore the Roman family, gender definition, demography, Roman food supply, Roman religion, and the wide variety of public entertainments throughout the empire. The volume brings together an unparalleled range of methodologies and topics. It will enable the modern reader to understand the Roman world in all its complexity. The general reader will welcome this approachable and timely text. Contributors to the volume include Greg Aldrete, Hazel Dodge, Bruce W. Frier, Maud Gleason, Ann Hanson, David Mattingly, and David Potter. D. S. Potter is Professor of Classics and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan. D. J. Mattingly is Reader in Archaeology and Head of the Archaeology Division, University of Leicester.

Table of Contents

A Note on Papyrological and Epigraphic Sources xi
Introduction 1(18)
David S. Potter
PART ONE Social Structures and Demography 19(94)
CHAPTER ONE The Roman Family
Ann E. Hanson
CHAPTER TWO Elite Male Identity in the Roman Empire
Maud W. Gleason
CHAPTER THREE Roman Demography
Bruce W. Frier
PART TWO Religion 113(58)
CHAPTER FOUR Roman Religion: Ideas and Actions
David S. Potter
PART THREE Bread and Circuses 171(156)
CHAPTER FIVE Feeding the City: The Organization, Operation, and Scale of the Supply System for Rome
Greg S. Aldrete
David J. Mattingly
CHAPTER SIX Amusing the Masses: Buildings for Entertainment and Leisure in the Roman World
Hazel Dodge
CHAPTER SEVEN Entertainers in the Roman Empire
David S. Potter
Bibliography 327(16)
Index 343

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