Ancient History Magazine 45

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From Roman atria and funeral monuments to purple-dyed robes, examples of conspicuous consumption — methods by which individuals showcase their wealth and power — were abundant in the ancient world.

Theme: Luxury and conspicuous consumption

  • Tim Miller, 'A lady that was both loved and feared - The woman of Vix'.
  • Kalliopi Efkleidou, 'Power and wealth in the Mycenaean world - Cyclopean fortifications'.
  • Mirko Canevaro, 'Luxury, competition, and austerity - "Sybaritic" elites'.
  • Daniel Kershaw, 'Showing status in the Roman home - Decorating the Roman indoors'.
  • Consuelo Martino, 'Funerary practices in ancient Rome - The price of remembrance'.


  • Jona Lendering, 'Texts from the Villa of the Papyri - A tantalizing promise'.
  • Barbara Boczar, 'Literacy and occupations in ancient Egypt - To scribe or not to scribe'.
  • Manon Henzen, 'Culinary creativity in the ancient world - Roman veggies'.
  • Robin Waterfield, 'Was this famous philosopher also a slave? - Plato goes to Syracuse'.
  • Owain Williams, 'Land of rivers and horses - The many names of Mittani'.
  • Paul Erdkamp, 'Roman military logistics in Spain - To starve or be beaten'.
  • Philip Matyszak, 'The public and private bonds between families - Roman marriage'.

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