Daily Life in Roman-Britain

Town Life

-a social revolution for a largely rural Celtic society

-if you were wealthy, you had a good job and you were respected in the towns

-towns were laid our in grid patterns and were very small

-they had gravel streets

-protected by stone walls or forts

-the forum was in the center of the town and it was lined with shops. In the center was the basilica

-Only 10% of the citizens actually lived in the towns

Public Baths

-a roman institution

-open to both genders, but at different times of the day

-people went before their evening meal

-Used for a meeting place

A public bath in roman britain

Public Entertainment

-theatre: used for classical plays, pantomime and religious festivals (for the rich)

       *open air tiered clam shape

-amphitheater: used for gladitorial combats, contests between men and animals and public executions (used by everyone)

      *open air oval

Life for the rich

-luxurious houses: mosaics, a form of central heating (a hypocaust), murals on the walls, windows had glass panes, and they had comfortable upholstered furniture

-some people had piped water supply

-children went to primary school

-children wore necklace called a bulla (a charm inside of a pouch): boys wore it until adulthood, girls wore it until marriage

-jewelry was made of gold or rare materials

-they had wine and olive oil exported


-network of roads

-the rich had covered wagons and horses

-the rich sometimes we're carried by a litter (a seat in between two poles)

-transportation by water was with merchant ships called cortia

-the Romans built lighthouses

Family Life

-life for women was hard because the mother was less important than the father

-the father had power over life and death

-when a baby was born, it was laid at its fathers feet. If the father picked it up, it would be allowed to live. If the father ignored it, it would be put to death

-women cooked meals, run the family, and raised the kids. If they were wealthy, they might have gotten slaves to do these things for them.

-girls were married at the age of 14 and the marriages were arranged by the father

-many women died young (age 30) because of childbirth or diseases

A day in Roman-Britain

Life in Roman-Britain for a wealthy citizen was very different than life for us today. In the morning, they would have the slaves cook them a snack. After eating, they would do business. Business was usually done in the morning. After this, they would go to the public baths where they would clean themselves and socialize. The baths were used for meetings as well as to clean off. During their time in the baths, the slaves would maintain the heating of the water in the hot rooms. After this, they would have their evening meal prepared by their slaves.


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