Daily Life in Late Antiquity is the first comprehensive study of lived experience in the Late Roman Empire, from c.250–600 CE. Each of the six topical chapters highlight historical 'everyday' people, spaces, and objects, whose lives operate as windows into the late ancient economy, social relations, military service, religious systems, cultural habits, and the material environment. However, it is nevertheless grounded in late ancient primary sources - many of which are available in accessible English translations - and the most recent, cutting-edge scholarship by specialists in fields such as archaeology, social history, religious studies, and environmental history. From Manichean rituals to military service, gladiatorial combat to garbage collection, patrician households to peasant families, Daily Life in Late Antiquity introduces readers to the world of late antiquity from the bottom up.
Extensive coverage of late ancient daily life in chapters on rural life and agriculture; urban experiences; domestic life including slavery; the state and daily life (includes military service); healthcare, education, and dress; and lived religion
Each chapter features numerous historical 'everyday' people as human windows into the past
Assumes no previous knowledge of Roman history
Kristina Sessa is the author of The Formation of Papal Authority in Late Antique Italy (Cambridge, 2012). She is presently writing a book about war, environmental crisis, and the formation of Christian institutions in the late Roman West. Her scholarship has been supported by awards from the ACLS, the American Academy in Rome, and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University.
1. Rural life
2. Urban life
3. The household
4. The state in everyday life
5. Body and mind
6. Lived religion
Appendix: measuring time and money in late antiquity.