Virtual Tour

Growing up and Growing Old in a Roman City – Saturday 19 December

Saturday 19 December


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

The unique evidence provided by the Vesuvian towns enables us to get an idea of the lifecycles of women and men in the Roman world. The remains of the Herculaneum victims found in the warehouses along the Herculaneum shore, have given us some indication of the number of gestations women in the Roman period underwent, as they also give us rich clues about the childhood illnesses Roman children may have had. Comparative studies made of the bones of elites and slaves also suggest that growing up in Roman cities varied hugely, as the flattened bones of the latter suggest they were both overworked and undernourished.

The most precious evidence perhaps are those which give us glimpses into the lives of children, such as the spelling list found in the flat above the wine shop in Herculaneum’s Cardo IV. Evidence from tombs and inscriptions also provide indications of the kinds of marriages contracted in these towns, as well as indications of how powerful some women could become. Join the lecture to find out more about what it was like to grow up and grow old in the Roman world.

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: 19 December 2020

Start time: 10:00 a.m. GMT

End time: 11:30 a.m. GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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