Colchester Archaeology Talks 2021: Roman Life – Dining

The Romans typically ate three meals daily, with dinner considered the most important meal. It also allowed an important social occasion – the dinner party. This exercised the social institution of patronage; allowed the host to show off the best tableware and mosaics; and to surprise the guests with the selection of food and wine on offer.

BUY TICKETS HERE for Richard’s online talk at 7.30pm, Thursday 21 January 2021.

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.

Colchester Archaeology Talks 2021: Roman Life – Gladiators

Romans both admired and despised those who were unfortunate enough to become gladiators. Despite being considered to be at the lowest level of society, images of gladiators were used decoratively in homes and mementoes were produced of favourite fighters e.g. the Colchester Vase. This talk will explore what it meant to be a gladiator, their training, and the dichotomy around this briefest of career paths.

BUY TICKETS HERE for Richard’s online talk at 7.30pm, Thursday 25 February 2021.

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.