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The Resource The ancient middle classes : urban life and aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE, Emanuel Mayer

The ancient middle classes : urban life and aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE, Emanuel Mayer

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The ancient middle classes : urban life and aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE
Title
The ancient middle classes
Title remainder
urban life and aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE
Statement of responsibility
Emanuel Mayer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Our image of the Roman world is shaped by the writings of Roman statesmen and upper class intellectuals. Yet most of the material evidence we have from Roman times--art, architecture, and household artifacts from Pompeii and elsewhere--belonged to, and was made for, artisans, merchants, and professionals. Roman culture as we have seen it with our own eyes, Emanuel Mayer boldly argues, turns out to be distinctly middle class and requires a radically new framework of analysis. Starting in the first century B.C.E., ancient communities, largely shaped by farmers living within city walls, were transformed into vibrant urban centers where wealth could be quickly acquired through commercial success. From 100 B.C.E. to 250 C.E., the archaeological record details the growth of a cosmopolitan empire and a prosperous new class rising along with it. Not as keen as statesmen and intellectuals to show off their status and refinement, members of this new middle class found novel ways to create pleasure and meaning. In the décor of their houses and tombs, Mayer finds evidence that middle-class Romans took pride in their work and commemorated familial love and affection in ways that departed from the tastes and practices of social elites."--Book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mayer, Emanuel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DG78
LC item number
.M42 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Middle class
  • Middle class
  • Social classes
  • Rome
  • Mittelstand
  • Sachkultur
  • Ästhetik
  • Constitutional law
Label
The ancient middle classes : urban life and aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE, Emanuel Mayer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-288) and index
Contents
Class, stratification and culture : the Roman middle classes and their place in history -- In search of ancient middle classes : an archaeology of middle classes in urban life, 100 B.C.E.-250 C.E. -- From commercial to middle classes : urban life and economy in the Roman Empire -- In search of middle class culture : commemorating working and private lives -- Décor and lifestyle : the aesthetics of standardization -- Conclusions
Control code
758383409
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 295 p.
Isbn
9780674050334
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011051597
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)758383409
Label
The ancient middle classes : urban life and aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE, Emanuel Mayer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-288) and index
Contents
Class, stratification and culture : the Roman middle classes and their place in history -- In search of ancient middle classes : an archaeology of middle classes in urban life, 100 B.C.E.-250 C.E. -- From commercial to middle classes : urban life and economy in the Roman Empire -- In search of middle class culture : commemorating working and private lives -- Décor and lifestyle : the aesthetics of standardization -- Conclusions
Control code
758383409
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 295 p.
Isbn
9780674050334
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2011051597
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)758383409

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