Rivenburg, Marjorie Josephine, 1901-. Fashionable life in Rome as protrayed by Seneca

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Title: Fashionable life in Rome as protrayed by Seneca

Published By: Philadelphia: [s.n.], 1939. 130 p.

By line: [by] Marjorie Josephine Rivenburg

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Imperial Romans (EI09)


Abstract: This brief document is an attempt to show 'the view that Seneca had of the fashionable life and manners of his day'(p.126). The period covered is that of the early years of the empire, from approximately 35-65 A.D., when he died. Senecas strong moral opinions and philosophical interests led him to comment in his letters and essays on everything from visits to patrons, dining and entertaining, to proper personal appearance, and the correct style of language for greetings, conversation, speeches and letters. He also wrote about the social aspects of the various stages of the life cycle: birth, majority, betrothal, weddings, and funerals; about travel; and about the social status deriving from birth, sex, age, occupation, and political office. Since the document is a dissertation in Latin (studies), Rivenburg frequently quotes Senecas most pithy or entertaining remarks in the original, which will leave many with the feeling of being left out of a private joke. While the coverage is broad rather than deep, the document is especially valuable for its insights into the moral judgements of the time.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: ei09-011

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1938.

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Humanist-4

Analyst: Martin Malone ; 1977

Coverage Date: ca. 15-65 A.D. [Seneca 4 B.C.- 65 A.D.]

Coverage Place: Rome, Italy

LCSH: Rome--Social life and customs


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