Running the Roman Home

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-01-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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The first in-depth look at life on Rome's domestic frontier explores the effort required every day to run a Roman household This work considers the three elements of housework--supply, maintenance, and disposal. It is divided into sections on how the Romans collected water and fuel, milled flour, and produced thread; how they cleaned the house, illuminated it, did the washing up, cleaned their clothes, got rid of waste water and sewage, and threw out their garbage. The evidence is taken from literary, archaeological, and artistic sources, and often compared to historical or modern parallels from communities using the same methods.

Author Biography

Alexandra Croom is keeper of archaeology at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum, where she has worked for 20 years. She is the author of Roman Clothing and Fashion and Roman Furniture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Supply: Collecting Waterp. 15
Supply: Collecting Fuelp. 33
Supply: Grindingp. 49
Supply: Woolworkp. 56
Maintenance: Cleaningp. 61
Maintenance: Lightingp. 73
Maintenance: Doing the Washing Upp. 84
Maintenance: Cleaning Clothesp. 94
Disposal: Waste Water and Sewagep. 112
Disposal: Rubbishp. 124
Conclusionsp. 138
Appendix: Ancient Authorsp. 139
Bibliographyp. 148
Indexp. 156
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