Virtual Tour

Feeding Rome: Ostia and the Trade which Kept Rome Alive – Thursday 29 April

Thursday 29 April


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

As the port of Rome, Ostia was the nexus of trade for the Roman empire as a whole. The enormous warehouses held grain, olive-oil and goods which were transported to Rome via the Tiber. The scale of the materials transported to Rome required an army of workers, not only to move the goods but to record the imports. From the so-called Piazzale delle Corporazioni, we know that Ostia was a place in which traders from all over the empire met in order strike deals.

It is here that merchants from as far afield as Sabratha, Carthage, Cagliari and Gaul held offices in order to ensure their goods were transported. Working in tandem with the important port of Puteoli and with Portus, Ostia made sure that Rome was kept alive.

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: 29 April 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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