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CLIP 14219

The importance of bread in Ancient Rome

The importance of bread in Ancient Rome

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Key Info
  • The importance of bread in Ancient Rome
  • Duration: 06:17
  • Professor Mary Beard examines Rome's position as a 'consumer city' and the importance of the grain supply. Every month, 200,000 Roman citizens were given a free ration of corn from the state - around 40 kilos. This was enough to make bread for two people for about a month. Many of these citizens didn't have their own kitchens, so they relied on a baker to turn their corn into something they could eat. Mary tries baking bread the Roman way and goes to visit the tomb of Eurysaces the baker. First broadcast on 'Meet the Romans with Mary Beard' on BBC Two in April 2012.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies


    Daily Life and Death

  • Keywords: MeettheRomans, Mary Beard, Rome, empire, consumer city, urban, grain, corn, bread, baker, mosaics, tomb, Eurysaces, Roman citizens, Martin Millett
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to illustrate an important aspect of everyday life in Ancient Rome or the effect that the city's expansion had on the Empire. Could be used in conjunction with 11750
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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