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

Matthew B. Roller


What was really going on at Roman banquets? This book looks at a little-explored feature of Roman culture: dining posture. In ancient Rome, where dining was an indicator of social position as well as an extended social occasion, dining posture offered a telling window into the day-to-day lives of the city's inhabitants. This book investigates the meaning and importance of the three principal dining postures—reclining, sitting, and standing—in the period 200 B.C.–200 A.D. It explores the social values and distinctions associated with each of the postures and with the diners who assumed them. Th ... More

Keywords: Roman banquets, Roman culture, ancient Rome, Roman dining, social position, social value, gender roles, rites of passage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691178004
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691178004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew B. Roller, author
Johns Hopkins University