Spotlight Lecture

A Day in the Life of Roman Women

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

A city of extremes, the differences between Roman men and women were marked. Women were unable to carry out business or legal transactions, as they were legally powerless to prevent their husbands from rejecting their babies at birth. That said, elite women were able to inherit from their fathers and were able to keep their wealth as their own, separate from their husbands. Although they were barred from public office, elite Roman women were important in cementing the status of their families, both those they were born into and their husbands’, through their displays of wealth and their comportment. The lives of Roman women were dependent on their status, from the wives and mothers of emperors, to the women of important families, to the vast majority of women who struggled to keep their families in order. While elite women were defined by who they were, ordinary women were often defined by the jobs they did. In both cases, women were able to be more important than legal statutes outlined.

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: 20 October 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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