Virtual Tour

Everyday Life in a Roman City – Thursday 3 December

Thursday 3 December


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Much of what we know about everyday life in the Roman period comes from the Vesuvian cities which have preserved precious clues that have not survived elsewhere. Analysis of skeletal remains and of the Herculaneum sewage allow us to get an idea of the kinds of diseases people in the Roman period had, as well as their diet. In addition, the layout of the cities provides invaluable evidence for urban logistics, such as traffic control, the management of water and the collection of sewage. Likewise, much of what we know much about bathing, gambling, and gladiatorial games in the Roman world comes from the Vesuvian cities, which provide evidence ranging from the balls preserved in the Stabian baths to the riots which broke out in the Pompeiian amphitheatre.

Walking down the streets of Pompeii, one cannot help being struck by the number of bakeries and taverns, or thermopolia, which the city hosted, giving us an unmistakable impression that people didn’t cook for themselves. Walking in the houses of those who died in the eruptions give us unique glimpses into the lives of the elites, including their dinner parties and patronage of freedmen. This lecture takes you down the streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum to see what living in the Roman period was like.

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: 3 December 2020

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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