Immerse yourself in the sensual delights of Rome in all their guises. By the time of the emperors, the Romans had created the world's first global empire and plundered the provinces for produce to be eaten, planted or displayed as novelties. At the same time the aesthetics of the city of Rome was being transferred to the provinces, establishing towns with public buildings, baths and the Latin language. With these attributes of civilisation came other trappings of Roman culture: lavish entertainments, elaborate dinner parties and vice. The world of pleasure became a defining feature of the Romans and this book explores how they pursued sensual delights - from steamy bathhouses to stately country villas; the excesses of the festivals to the rich culture of music, dance and song and sex, as both unrestrained and puritanical.
Dr Ray Laurence is Strategic Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. The author of many titles, his most recent publication is Pompeii The Living City (with Alex Butterworth) which was awarded the Longman-History Today New Generation Prize 2006.
Introduction: Roman Pleasures; 1: Into the World of Pleasure; 2: The Dynamics of Pleasure; 3: The Emperor's Pleasures; 4: Pleasure and the Aesthetics of the City; 5: Landscapes of Delight; 6: The Roman Body at the Baths; 7: Roman Desires; 8: Roman Erotics; 9: The Dynamics of Dining; 10: Food and its Consumption; 11: Song and Dance; 12: Violence; 13: Festivals and Pleasure; 14: The Lure of the Exotic; 15: When Pleasure Ends; Bibliography; Index.