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Roman Passions : A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome - Ray Laurence

Roman Passions

A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome

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Published: 30th September 2010
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Immerse yourself in the sensual delights of Rome in all their guises. By the time of the emperors, the Romans had created the world's first global empire, and plundered the provinces for produce to be eaten, planted or displayed as novelties. At the same time the aesthetics of the city of Rome was being transferred to the provinces, establishing towns with public buildings, baths and the Latin language. With these attributes of civilisation came other trappings of Roman culture: lavish entertainments, elaborate dinner parties and vice. 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.

"'It is all here: emperors' luxurious lifestyles, magnificent urban architecture, grand country villas, baths, sex, food, drink, the theatre, games (especially violent ones) and collecting and displaying rarities... Commendably detailed.' - BBC History Magazine"

Illustrationsp. vii
Introduction Roman Passionsp. 1
Into the World of Roman Pleasurep. 9
The Emperor's Pleasuresp. 21
The Aesthetics of the Cityp. 33
A Little Place in the Countryp. 49
The Roman Body at the Bathsp. 63
Roman Eroticsp. 75
Diningp. 87
Food and Winep. 101
A Great Song and Dancep. 115
Violencep. 127
Collectors and Collectionsp. 141
Pleasure Transforms Roman Culturep. 151
Timelinep. 165
Glossaryp. 169
Further Readingp. 181
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ISBN: 9781441134851
ISBN-10: 1441134859
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1