Everyday Life in the Roman Empire

Course Dates: 18/04/24 - 20/06/24
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online
An opportunity to find about how daily life was for ordinary people in the Roman Empire.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Everyday Life in the Roman Empire
  • Course Code: RC017
  • Dates: 18/04/24 - 20/06/24
  • Time: 12:30 - 14:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Sean Gabb

Course Code: RC017

Thu, day, 18 Apr - 20 Jun '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of everyday life in the Roman Empire during the first two centuries AD, with a specific focus on the decentralized administration, the coexistence of Greek and Roman elements, and the fact of other national groups and multicultural influences and within the empire.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The Roman Empire and Its Multinational Character
• Multiculturalism and Ethnic Diversity
• Social Hierarchies and Class Structure
• Family Life and Household Dynamics
• Urban Life across the Empire
• Rural Life and Agricultural Practices
• Religion and Religious Practices
• Cuisine and Food Culture
• Clothing, Fashion, and Adornment
• Entertainment and Leisure Activities
• Economy, Trade, and Commerce.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

give some information around how people lived in the early centuries of the Roman Empire.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to everyone and does not assume any previous knowledge on the topic. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A series of illustrated online lectures with opportunities to ask questions. No preparation work needed.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring writing material to take notes. A reading list will be provided by the tutor for those who would like to delve more into the topic, but no book purchase is necessary.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other civilisation courses about ancient Rome or other parts of the ancient world.

Sean Gabb

Sean has been teaching Greek and Latin for a very long time, and he loves what he does. While not doing that, he's made the time to write around forty books. These include twelve historical novels, by "Richard Blake," and published by Hodder & Stoughton. They also include editions of Book VI of "The Aeneid," the "Historia Langobardorum" of Paul the Deacon, and various parts of St Jerome's Latin version of The New Testament. One of his science fiction novels was nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.