When in Rome

Social Life in Ancient Rome

Paul Chrystal

This comprehensive work from original sources answers the need for an evidence-based social history of ancient Rome for the 21st century. It provides hundreds of inscriptions, graffiti, curse tablets, official records and letters both private and official, all translated and with commentaries placing them into a social and historical context.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W
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ISBN : 9781781556047
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
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A vibrant, accessible social history of Rome, from 753 BCE to the fall of the Empire some 1300 years later. To support its findings the book features hundreds of translations of inscriptions and graffiti from original authors—Roman, Greek and Jewish—and evidence culled from the visual arts, curse tablets, official records and letters both private and official. Each comes with detailed commentaries, placing them into social and historical context. The result is a fascinating survey of how Roman men, women and children lived their lives on a daily basis taking in marriage, slavery, gladiators, medicine, magic, religion, superstition and the occult; sex, work and play, education, death, housing, country life and city life. There are also chapters on domestic violence, family pets and FGM. In short, ‘When in Rome’ gives a vivid description of what the Romans really did.

About The Author

Paul Chrystal is the author of some seventy books published over the last decade, including recent publications such as Wars and Battles of the Roman Republic, Roman Military Disasters and Women and War in Ancient Greece and Rome. He is a regular contributor to history magazines, local and national newspapers and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and on BBC local radio throughout Yorkshire and in Teesside and Manchester. He writes extensively for several Pen & Sword military history series including ‘Cold War 1945–1991’, ‘A History of Terror’ and ‘Military Legacy’ (of British cities).

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