Roman Social History

30 points

Not offered 2024, offered in 2022

For further information see Humanities


In this course we undertake an investigation into the day to day reality of living in Imperial Rome. We begin with the household, the family its structure and key relationships; before analyzing daily activities and the urban environment. Topics can include travel, housing, fires, floods, occupations, bars, sex, nocturnal lighting and events, baths, aqueducts, toilets and hygiene. What emerges from our analysis are the sights and smells of life in a Roman urban environment, some of which will surprise.


Subject to approval of Head of Department