Multisensory living in Ancient Rome
power and space in roman houses
- ISBN: 9781350194496
- Editorial: Bloomsbury Academic
- Fecha de la edición: 2021
- Lugar de la edición: London. Reino Unido
- Encuadernación: Rústica
- Medidas: 24 cm
- Nº Pág.: 337
- Idiomas: Inglés
Classicists have long wondered what everyday life was like in ancient Greece and Rome. How, for example, did the slaves, visitors, inhabitants or owners experience the same home differently? And how did owners manipulate the spaces of their homes to demonstrate control or social hierarchy?
To answer these questions, Hannah Platts draws on a diverse range of evidence and an innovative amalgamation of methodological approaches to explore multisensory experience – auditory, olfactory, tactile, gustatory and visual – in domestic environments in Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum for the first time, from the first century BCE to the second century CE. Moving between social registers and locations, from non-elite urban dwellings to lavish country villas, each chapter takes the reader through a different type of room and offers insights into the reasons, emotions and cultural factors behind perception, recording and control of bodily senses in the home, as well as their sociological implications. Multisensory Living in Ancient Rome will appeal to all students and researchers interested in Roman daily life and domestic architecture.
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Chapter 1: Smelling, Touching, Hearing, Tasting and Seeing the Roman Home
Chapter 2: Sensing Status? Multisensory Awareness and Power Display in the Roman Domestic Realm
Chapter 3: The Impact of Streetscapes on the Domestic Realm
Chapter 4: Initial Perceptions: Controlling Access and Multisensory Experience in the Atrium-Tablinum.
Chapter 5: 'Public' and 'Private': Multisensory Perception and the Roman cubiculum
Chapter 6: Beyond Taste: The Multisensory Experience of Roman Dining in the Domestic Sphere.
Chapter 7: Housing the Foul: Kitchens and Toilets in the Roman Home.
Chapter 8 – Conclusion: Sensing Status - Approaching a Lived Experience of the Roman House