A History of the Roman Empire in 21 Women

Wednesday 4 October
Castle Hill Baptist Church
4.30pm

Here’s how the history of the Roman Empire usually goes …

… we start with Romulus, bounce through an appallingly tedious list of battles and generals and consuls, before emerging into the political stab-fest of the late Republic. From there, we run through all the emperors – occasionally mentioning a wife or mother to show how bad things get when women get out of control – until Constantine invents Christianity … and then Attila the Hun comes and ruins everything.

But the history of Rome and empire is so much more than these Important Things.

In this alternative history, Emma Southon traces the story of the Roman Empire through women: Vestal Virgins and sex workers, business owners and poets, martyrs and saints – a different perspective on women’s lives and how they changed, across time and across class lines.

Tickets £12.00
includes refreshments

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