Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr

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Although most Romans lived outside urban centers, the core of Roman civilization lay in its cities. Throughout the empire these cities-modeled as they were after Rome-were strikingly alike. In Gregory Aldrete's exhaustive account, readers can peer into the inner workings of daily life in ancient Rome and examine the history, infrastructure, government, and economy of Rome, and life and death, dangers and pleasures, entertainment, and religion as experienced by its emperors and its emperors and its commoners.

Author Biography

Gregory S. Aldrete is Professor of History and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and the author of Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome and Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome and editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life, Vol. 1: The Ancient world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Introduction: Roman Citiesp. 1
Ancient Roman Citiesp. 1
Goals and Structure of Bookp. 3
History of Ancient Romep. 7
Brief Survey of Roman Historyp. 7
The Foundation of Romep. 9
Topography of the City: Rivers, Hills, Valleys, and Plainsp. 11
City Development in the Monarchical Periodp. 15
Republican Era Developmentsp. 16
Imperial Romep. 18
Population of Romep. 21
Infrastructure of Ancient Romep. 25
Republican Aqueductsp. 25
Imperial Aqueductsp. 28
How the Water System Functionedp. 30
Roman Sewersp. 33
Roadsp. 36
Bridgesp. 39
Wallsp. 40
Government of Ancient Romep. 43
Citizenshipp. 43
The Magistratesp. 44
The Voting Assembliesp. 46
The Roman Forum: Buildings and Monumentsp. 47
The People of Ancient Romep. 55
Family Structurep. 55
Womenp. 56
Marriagep. 58
Childrenp. 62
Educationp. 62
Slavesp. 65
Freedmenp. 68
Soldiersp. 71
Living and Dying in Ancient Romep. 75
Domus: Private Homesp. 75
Insulae: Apartment Buildingsp. 78
Health and Medicinep. 80
Burialp. 83
Funerary Inscriptionsp. 86
Willsp. 91
Dangers of Life in Ancient Romep. 93
Firesp. 93
Floodsp. 94
Sanitationp. 97
Diseasep. 100
Crime and the Lawp. 103
Pleasures of Life in Ancient Romep. 107
Gardensp. 107
Bathsp. 108
Food and Banquetsp. 111
Sex and Sexualityp. 113
Entertainment in Ancient Romep. 119
Hoildaysp. 119
Gladiatorsp. 121
The Flavian Amphitheator (The Colosseum)p. 125
Chariot Racing and the Circus Maximusp. 128
Beast Huntsp. 134
Spectaclesp. 136
Theater, Dance, and Pantomimep. 138
Religion in Ancient Romep. 141
Roman Religionp. 141
Priests and Ritualp. 143
Religion and Magicp. 148
Templesp. 150
Some Famous Temples at Romep. 151
Mystery Religionsp. 158
Christianityp. 163
The Emperors and Ancient Romep. 167
The Palaces of the Emperorsp. 167
The Imperial Forap. 170
Victory Monumentsp. 176
Archesp. 178
Columnsp. 181
Emperors Tombsp. 184
The Economy and Ancient Romep. 187
Agriculturep. 187
Employment and Commercep. 190
Roman Moneyp. 195
Feeding the Cityp. 196
Ostia: An Industrial Port Cityp. 203
History of Ostiap. 203
The Buildings of Ostiap. 208
The People of Ostiap. 213
Sea Travelp. 215
Pompeii: A Time Capsule of Roman Daily Lifep. 219
History of Pompeiip. 219
Public Buildingsp. 222
Private Homesp. 226
Economyp. 229
Daily Lifep. 230
Conclusion: Three Visions of Roman Urbanism: Rome, Ostia, and Pompeiip. 235
A Brief Guide to Understanding Roman Namesp. 239
A Brief Guide to Roman Timekeeping and the Calendarp. 241
A Brief Guide to Roman Clothing and Appearancep. 245
A Brief Guide to Roman Construction Techniquesp. 251
The History of the City of Rome from Antiquity to Todayp. 255
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 269
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