Spotlight Lecture

A Day in the Life of Roman Slaves – Saturday 4 December

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Neither the city of Rome nor the empire could have functioned without the armies of slaves who enabled goods to be manufactured, grown, transported and sold, just as they were central to running those facilities which were at the heart of Rome, from sewage to baths, as well as the construction of those monumental buildings which survive to this day. The lives of slaves varied enormously, from those educated slaves, like Tiro or Aesop, still remembered today for their erudition, and slaves who were canny businessmen as fictionalised by Petronius’ Trimalchio,  to those miserable slaves who tended the fields or quarries, who had no chance of manumission and who would have been dumped in the streets at old age when they were no longer useful. While expensively trained slaves were mourned at their deaths and celebrated at their manumission, others had their tongues removed for no apparent reason. Whatever their conditions, however, slaves were all at the mercy of their masters, all seen as subhuman. To that end, the lives of slaves, however different they might be, exposes an aspect of Roman life which seems anathema to us.

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: 4 December 2021

Start time: 09:00 BST

End time: 10:30 BST

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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