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4 09, 2017

Slavery in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:26:05-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A Roman shepherd, probably a slave (Istanbul, 500s AD) Many Roman people were owned by other people, or by the Roman government, as slaves. Because the Romans didn't really have hourly wage work, or salaried work, as we do now, men and women who didn't own their own land and didn't own businesses of their own were often enslaved. [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman women: Women in ancient Rome – gender and power

By |2018-05-16T23:44:59-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|2 Comments

Roman women: an old woman, about 50 AD. The sculptor has made her look silly on purpose to make fun of old women Were women oppressed in ancient Rome? Roman women lived under many restrictions that did not apply to Roman men. Roman women knew that men were treating them unfairly, and they [...]

4 09, 2017

Ancient Roman people – who lived in the Roman Empire?

By |2018-04-25T10:24:36-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A barmaid brings a drink to two men sitting on chairs. The words show the men arguing about whose drink it is. (Caupona of Salvius, Pompeii, 79 AD) The Roman Empire was so big that there were a lot of different people with different cultures living in it. So you can't really say there was one [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman high school – education in ancient Rome

By |2019-08-14T00:02:34-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

Roman high school: A fragment of Homer's Iliad on papyrus Who went to high school? Only the richest and smartest Roman boys went on from elementary school to high school. Most girls couldn't go to high school, but some girls were homeschooled. Roman schools Egyptian schools All our ancient Rome articles Leaving home for [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman freedmen and freedwomen

By |2019-06-16T06:47:06-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

Roman freedmen - A gravestone for a freedwoman, put up by her husband, who was also a freedman (ILS 1221, Rome, 80 BC) What are freedmen and freedwomen? Freedmen and freedwomen were people in ancient Rome who had once been enslaved but had managed to get legally free. Slavery in ancient Rome The Roman family [...]

4 09, 2017

Roman family – children and households in ancient Rome

By |2019-06-04T06:23:09-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|0 Comments

A Roman family on a tombstone Roman definitions of family The Roman idea of family included not just a husband and wife and their children, but also the people they enslaved (if they had any), and free employees. So it meant something more like a household, or a family-owned business. Roman economy Roman women [...]

16 08, 2017

Races and racism – Skin color and history

By |2018-04-24T11:41:04-07:00August 16th, 2017|People, Science|0 Comments

An Egyptian portrait of two brothers (Roman period, about 150 AD) Biologically, there is no such thing as race. Sure, people come in a lot of different skin and hair colors. But there is no sharp division between them, only a gradual blending. And the color of your skin and your hair doesn't [...]

16 08, 2017

Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

16 08, 2017

Life expectancy and history

By |2017-08-16T11:45:36-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Tombstone from Rome, 400s AD Throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, people died much younger on average than they do in North America or Europe or China or Japan today. (Though they lived longer than the average in some countries in modern Africa). The average age at death today in the United States [...]