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THE ROMAN WAY
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Begins Sunday 19 January 2003, 1.30 - 2,00 pm for four Sundays.
Using contemporary accounts from all levels of society, from the chattering classes to humble foot-soldiers, from senators to slaves, The Roman Way explores different aspects of everyday life, two millennia ago.


Filling the Day

We have an image of Roman citizens living in spacious villas, the floors and walls decorated with mosaics, and with courtyards and fountains. In fact, the vast majority of urban people lived in cramped and dingy flats, paying rent on a daily basis to landlords who cared not a jot for their welfare, and paid scant attention to the structural integrity of their own properties.

Wall painting of Ulysses and the Sirens, from a villa at Pompeii
picture copyright The British Museum


From the morning visit to one's patrons, to the afternoon baths, how did Romans, both rich and poor, spend their days? What were the working hours of the lower orders and, though there was no such thing as a weekend, what sort of free time did they have? And what did they do with it?


Painted roundel with portraits, from a villa at Pompeii
picture copyright The British Museum

The Romans had interior design fads and polite dinner-parties, but were feasts and orgies as commonplace an occurrence as legend insists, and what were the dining rooms like?

And, though pretty well everyone went to the baths at some point in the day, the whole business involved a great deal more than just washing.

Further reading

Peter Jones
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics
Duckworth

P Jones & K Sidwell
The World of Rome
Cambridge 1997

Jerome Carcopino
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Penguin

Fergus Millar
The Roman Empire and Its Neighbours
Duckworth

Anthony Birley
Garrison Life at Vindolanda - A Band of Brothers
Tempus

Pliny (tr) Betty Radice
The Letters of the Younger Pliny
Penguin Classics

Marcus Aurelius (tr) Maxwell Staniforth
Meditations
Penguin Classics

Seneca (tr) Robin Campbell
Letters from a Stoic
Penguin Classics

Tim Cornell & John Matthews
Atlas of the Roman World
New York: Facts on File c1982

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Vindolanda
BBC History: Roman Britain
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PRESENTER
David Aaronovitch
David Aaronovitch is a broadcaster and journalist. Having been editor of On The Record, he moved onto presenting a number of programmes, including On Air, The Argument and Radio 4's Copy Snatchers. He is also a regular columnist on The Independent.

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