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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Rivenburg, Marjorie Josephine, 1901-
Fashionable life in Rome as portrayed by Seneca
Published By: Original publisher
Philadelphia: [s.n.]. 1939. 130 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] Marjorie Josephine Rivenburg
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Imperial Romans (EI09)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
VISITING AND HOSPITALITY (574);
MANIPULATIVE MOBILITY (557);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1938
Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-130)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Martin Malone ; 1977
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
ca. 15-65 A.D. [Seneca 4 B.C.- 65
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Rome--Social life and customs