Spotlight Lecture

A Day in the Life of Roman Children – Saturday 13 November

Please Note: This event will start one hour earlier than our usual Saturday schedule, at 9 a.m. GMT (10 a.m. CET; 8 p.m. AEDT; 10 p.m. NZDT)

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Our understanding of the lives of Roman children is hindered by the dearth of evidence about them. Ancient children were not equipped with the plethora of toys and equipment which they have in the modern world, nor were they given specific rooms in their houses. From this, it is easy to think that children weren’t as prized then as they are today: there isn’t a word in Latin which is specific to babies and the traditions laid out by Roman forefathers limited the time parents were meant to grieve them. The reality, however, seems very different. Literature and art are filled with evidence of parents lamenting the deaths of their children, which were all too frequent given the high mortality rates. Naturally, the lives of Roman children depended on their status and we, all too often, hear the voices of the well-off, though there is evidence of children of all walks of life being treasured.

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 November 2021

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 10:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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