What was life like for ordinary people who lived in Roman Egypt? In this volume, Anna Lucille Boozer reconstructs and examines the everyday lives of non-elite individuals. It is the first book to bring a 'life course' approach to the study of Roman Egypt and Egyptology more generally. Based on evidence drawn from objects, portraits, and letters, she focuses on the quotidian details that were most meaningful to those who lived during the centuries of Roman occupation. Boozer explores these individuals through each phase of the life cycle – from conception, childbirth, childhood, and youth, to adulthood and old age – and focuses on essential themes such as religion, health, disability, death, and the afterlife. Illuminating the lives of people forgotten by most historians, her richly illustrated volume also shows how ordinary people experienced and enacted social and cultural change.Read more
- Provides examples of cross-disciplinary archaeological research in action
- Uses clear and straightforward prose and engaging vignettes throughout
- Gathers together the most relevant material of everyday life into a single source
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‘… a brief insight into life as was most likely experienced by a large majority of the Romano-Egyptian population … the book is beautifully written and easily accessible to everyone.’ Micaela Langellotti, Minerva
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- Date Published: December 2021
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108830928
- length: 350 pages
- dimensions: 260 x 183 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.94kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Settings and communities
3. Conception, birth, and childhood
5. Making the home
6. Caring for the body and constructing difference
7. Religion, ritual, and magic
8. Health, disability, and old age
9. Death and the afterlife
10. Homelife in Roman Egypt and beyond.
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