The ‘Roman Life’ series of talks from Richard Bale explores different aspects of living in Roman times using archaeological and historical evidence. Each talk seeks to reveal the hows and whys of a topic, so that we can understand both the similarities and differences with our Roman ancestors.
For the Romans, the clothes you wore gave an instant indication of your social status. For men, this ranged from the humble tunic for slaves, through to the different coloured togas for Roman citizens. For women, their status determined both the colour, and fabric worn (wool, linen or silk). Fashion was driven by the tastes of the Imperial Court and copied with enthusiasm across the Roman Empire.This series of talks describe and discuss aspects of Roman Life from an archaeological and historical perspective. Due to the nature of the period, some items may cause offense to a modern audience. The intention of the presenter is to be informative and to represent the Roman period as accurately as possible, both for its good elements and bad.
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Richard Bale, Romanist.