Spotlight Lecture

A Day in the Life of Roman Soldiers – Saturday 27 November

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

The backbone of the Roman empire, soldiers were central to ensuring peace and stability in the Mediterranean, just as they are at the heart of our narrative of the Roman empire. The lives of ordinary soldiers were full of contradictions. Famed for their fighting prowess, the reality is that, at the height of the empire at least, most Roman soldiers died in their beds rather than in battle. Furthermore, although they were the face of Rome throughout the empire and were instrumental in spreading Roman culture, most Roman soldiers weren’t actually from Rome or the Italian peninsula. We get glimpses of their lives through tombstones, inscriptions and, most interestingly, from the Vindolanda tablets. From these we can see that most often soldiers, far from wreaking havoc amongst local populations, were, in reality, closely involved with those living near them, often marrying local women, despite being barred from law from doing so.

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: 27 November 2021

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 10:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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