Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum

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As Wallace-Hadrill remarks in his preface, `according to the recommendations of the teachers of oratory, the house should serve as a storehouse of memories'. By examining the archaeological evidence from over two hundred houses in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roman texts, and comparative material from other cultures he tries to unlock these memories, asking such questions as how organisation of space and the use of decoration helped structure social relationships, how the world of work related to that of pleasure, and how widely did the luxuries of the rich spread among the houses of craftsmen and shopkeepers.But though we cannot measure frequency, we can observe something of the extent of social spread.34 It is possible to contrast the types and sizes of houses in which decorations of the various styles survive. That is to say, because the survivalanbsp;...

Title:Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Author: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 1994

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