Spotlight Lecture

A Day in the Life of Roman Elites

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Despite the vast wealth and armies of slaves at their disposal, the lives of the Roman elites were filled with challenges. Their daily routine was shaped by the need to exceed or match the achievements of their peers in order to maintain the glory of their families, both those living, as well as their antecedents. Their houses were fronted by benches which would be filled by their clients in morning salutationes, which they hoped would be busier than their counterparts. Their houses were repositories of their families’ glory, notably family trees and the busts of their ancestors which they hoped they would live up to. Success, in the age of emperors, depended on the forging of friendships and connections in high places, as well as catering to the needs of often fickle emperors. The lives of elite Romans was, on the face of it, unbelievably privileged, though it was also fraught with dangers and complications.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 13 October 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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