Daily life in ancient Rome: the people and the city at the height of the empire

Yale University PressNew Haven, Conn. • Published In 1940 • Pages:

By: Carcopino, Jérôme, Rowell, Henry T., Lorimer, E. O. (Emily Overend).

The material in this document deals with the city and empire of Rome during the Imperial Period of Roman History (27 B.C. û 476 A.D.), when Roman power and prosperity were at their height. The document, written by a well-known scholar and historian, uses data not only from recent studies on ancient Rome, but also from the literature, epigraphy and archaeology of the period, with particular emphasis on the writings of Juvenal, Martial, Suetonius, Petronius, Pliny the Younger (and Elder), and Seneca. Data are arranged in a logical sequence starting with a chapter on the extent and size of the city, its houses and streets, social structure, the status of Roman woman, marriage and the family, education and religion, the daily routine, occupations, shows and spectacles (including drama and the gladiatorial combats in the amphitheater), and closing with leisure time events of the afternoon and evening, such as games, gambling, use of the public baths, and dining. Footnotes of a bibliographical or informational nature that appear scattered throughout the body of the text will be found at the end of the document (see pp. 289-318).
Imperial Romans
HRAF PubDate
Sub Region
Southern Europe
Document Type
Creator Type
Document Rating
4: Excellent Secondary Data
John Beierle ; 1976
Field Date
no date
Coverage Date
Imperial Roman Period (27 B.C.-476 A.D.)
Coverage Place
Rome, Italy
Jérôme Carcopino ; edited with bibliography and notes by Henry T. Rowell ; translated from the French by E. O. Lorimer
Translation of: [Vie quotidienne à Rome à l'apogée de l'empire]
'Published on the foundation established in memory of Oliver Baty Cunningham of the class of 1917, Yale college.'
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-288)
Rome--Social life and customs/Rome (Italy)--History--To 476