Children born to wealthy families in Rome or near the heart of the Empire would have had a comfortable life, with their own tutor, or pedagogue, to instruct them. Parents who could afford it would send their boys to school, but girls were expected to work or help their parents at home. Most poor children had no education and had to work. Other children were sold as slaves as soon as they were born.

First broadcast:
14 November 2008

Students could investigate slavery in Roman times. Who do they think would end up as a slave? Many slaves were criminals who were being punished. Was this better or worse than going to prison? Could the Roman Empire have existed without slaves? Students could discuss the answers to these questions with the rest of their class. Do they all agree with each other?