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Author Roller, Matthew B., 1966-

Title Dining posture in ancient Rome : bodies, values, and status / Matthew B. Roller
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 219 pages, 8 pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Introduction -- Dining men : posture, leisure, and privilege -- Dining women : posture, sex, and status -- Dining children : posture, pedagogy, and coming-of-age
Summary "This book investigates the meaning and importance of the three principal dining postures - reclining, sitting, and standing - in the period 200 B.C.-A.D. 200. It explores the social values and distinctions associated with each of the postures and with the diners who assumed them. Roller shows that dining posture was entangled with a variety of pressing social issues, such as gender roles and relations, sexual values, rites of passage, and distinctions among the slave, freed, and freeborn conditions."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 2, 2017)
Subject Dinners and dining -- Rome -- History.
Posture -- Rome -- History.
Social classes -- Rome -- History.
Rome -- Civilization.
Rome -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400888247 (electronic bk.)
9781400888245 (electronic bk.)