Virtual Tour

Everyday life in Ostia: A virtual tour of the Port of Rome – Thursday 22 April

Thursday 22 April


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

In this virtual tour of Ostia, we will be exploring the neighbourhoods, apartment blocks, bakeries and bars which allowed the city to function on a daily basis. While the Vesuvian cities are famed for the exceptional state of preservation of their ruins, so much of Ostia is preserved that it is, in many ways, as well-preserved as Pompeii. With a city of 100,000 people, space became a premium, resulting in the vertical development of houses. The houses, as such, offer a wonderful contrast to Pompeii, where insulae, or apartment blocks, aren’t as common. We will also considering the dole which male citizens got, the role of the vigiles in keeping order, as well as the incredibly cosmopolitan nature of this, the port of Rome. Recent research suggests Ostia was far larger than previously thought.

In this lecture we will be exploring these new discoveries in order to get to the heart of what life was like in a busy Roman city.

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tours cover a wide array of historical and art-history topics, ranging from antiquity to the early modern period. We explore a variety of historical topics, from the every day life in ancient and early modern cities to representations of power. Exploring both world famous sites and those unknown to most, these lectures will bring history and the history of art to life through tailor made HD filming, as well as perceptive lecturing and lively discussions.

The virtual tours last 60 minutes followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A with our lecturers who will be delighted to answer any of your questions live.

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: 22 April 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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