“All the single ladies” will not be surprised nor will their male and gender fluid counterparts: there was never a time in history without persons who lived the single life, however defined. What is surprising is that the single life has received comparatively scant scholarly attention, especially in the premodern period. Indeed, as Christian Laes observes, “sociocultural research on the single life in the Roman empire has been virtually absent so far” (21). Once one considers how to define “the single life,” however, the relative scarcity of scholarly investigation becomes easier to fathom. What is “the single life?” In his detailed and sophisticated introduction to this important volume Christian Laes makes...
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Book Review| March 01 2020
Review: The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World, edited by Sabine R. Huebner and Christian Laes
Sabine R. Huebner and Christian Laes, ed.,
The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World.
Cambridge University Press,
2019. 434 pp. ISBN 9781108470170. $130.00.
Studies in Late Antiquity (2020) 4 (1): 142–146.
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Susanna Elm; Review: The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World, edited by Sabine R. Huebner and Christian Laes. Studies in Late Antiquity 1 March 2020; 4 (1): 142–146. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/sla.2020.4.1.142
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