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Dining Posture in Ancient Rome: Bodies, Values, and Status

Matthew B. Roller

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ISBN 10: 0691124574 / ISBN 13: 9780691124575
Published by Princeton University Press
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Title: Dining Posture in Ancient Rome: Bodies, ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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Dining Posture in Ancient Rome Looks at a feature of Roman culture: dining posture. This book investigates the meaning and importance of the three principal dining postures - reclining, sitting, and standing - in the period 200 BC-200 AD. It explores the social values and distinctions associated with each of the postures and with the diners who assumed them. Full description

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"A scholarly and significant book on an important aspect of Roman conviviality, written with clarity and elegance."--Oswyn Murray, University of Oxford

"Matthew Roller is refreshingly challenging in his unwillingness to accept the communis opinio of scholarship while candid about the speculative character of many of his own conclusions. The book engages consistently and persuasively with past and current work on Roman dining and the topic is timely and sure to be of interest."--Anthony Corbeill, University of Kansas

"Roller can justifiably claim to have pulled the cloth from under an old and inadequate model of ancient dining, and in the process drawn important conclusions about the wider issue of the self-definition of elites and non-elites in Rome. . . . [T]his stands out as a devoted, sophisticated and ambitious study of a central aspect of ancient culture."---Emily Gowers, Times Literary Supplement

"Roller's book not only achieves its goal of disproving the communis opinio regarding dining posture but also shows that a detailed study of such a topic has much to teach us about the Roman world."---Carolyn Shank, Gastronomica

"Dining Postures addresses a fascinating aspect of Roman social life which has never been given this amount of direct attention before. Its conclusions raise interesting questions and will open further debate; it is a provocative addition to the ever-growing bibliography on body language and social manners."---Mary Harlow, Journal of Roman Studies

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