A History Of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome To Byzantium by Paul VeyneA History Of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome To Byzantium by Paul Veyne

A History Of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome To Byzantium

EditorPaul Veyne, Phillippe ArièsTranslated byArthur Goldhammer

Paperback | September 1, 1992

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First of the widely celebrated and sumptuously illustrated series, this book reveals in intimate detail what life was really like in the ancient world. Behind the vast panorama of the pagan Roman empire, the reader discovers the intimate daily lives of citizens and slaves—from concepts of manhood and sexuality to marriage and the family, the roles of women, chastity and contraception, techniques of childbirth, homosexuality, religion, the meaning of virtue, and the separation of private and public spaces.

The emergence of Christianity in the West and the triumph of Christian morality with its emphasis on abstinence, celibacy, and austerity is startlingly contrasted with the profane and undisciplined private life of the Byzantine Empire. Using illuminating motifs, the authors weave a rich, colorful fabric ornamented with the results of new research and the broad interpretations that only masters of the subject can provide.

Georges Duby, a member of the Académie Française, is Professor of Medieval History at the Collège de France.
Title:A History Of Private Life, Volume I: From Pagan Rome To ByzantiumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.27 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674399749

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Table of Contents

by Georges Duby

by Paul Veyne

1. Roman Empire
by Paul Veyne


From Mother's Womb to Last Will and Testament



The Household and Its Freed Slaves

Where Public Life Was Private

"Work" and Leisure


Public Opinion and Utopia

Pleasures and Excesses


2. Late Antiquity
by Peter Brown


The "Wellborn" Few

Person and Group in Judaism and Early Christianity

Church and Leadership

The Challenge of the Desert

East and West: The New Marital Morality

3. Private Life and Domestic Architecture in Roman Africa
by Yvon Thébert

The Roman Home: Foreword by Paul Veyne

Some Theoretical Considerations

The Domestic Architecture of the Ruling Class

"Private" and "Public" Spaces: The Components of the Domus

How the Domus Worked


4. The Early Middle Ages in the West
by Michel Rouche

Introduction by Paul Veyne

Historical Introduction

Private Life Conquers State and Society

Body and Heart

Violence and Death

Sacred and Secret


5. Byzantium in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
by Evelyne Patlagean

The Byzantine Empire

Private Space

Self and Others

The Inner Life

Private Belief






From Our Editors

All the mystery, earthiness and romance of the Middle Ages are captured in this panorama of everyday life. The evolving concepts of intimacy are explored--from the semi-obscure eleventh century through the first stirrings of the Renaissance world in the fifteenth century. Color and black-and-white illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

A stimulating--indeed a provocative--and beautiful book on a difficult subject...It's a treasure.