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Dining Posture in Ancient RomeBodies, Values, and Status$
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Matthew B. Roller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691178004

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691178004.001.0001

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Dining Men: Posture, Leisure, and Privilege

Dining Men: Posture, Leisure, and Privilege

(p.15) Chapter One Dining Men: Posture, Leisure, and Privilege
Dining Posture in Ancient Rome

Matthew B. Roller

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes the link between reclining dining and otium within three types of media: literary texts, funerary monuments, and wall paintings. These media are treated separately not only because they emerge from and address themselves to different social strata, but also because each medium has a distinctive place in the spaces and rhythms of everyday Roman life. Thus, to discuss representations of reclining dining in the different media is also to discuss different producers, consumers, settings, and meanings for these representations, even though the activity represented in each case is broadly the same. These representations do allow for synthesis and cross-illumination, but only after the fundamental differences are carefully accounted for.

Keywords:   reclining dining, otium, literary texts, funerary moments, wall paintings, social strate, Roman life

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