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Everyday Life for the Roman Schoolboy

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Keith Hopkins takes us on a tour de force via original texts of the hopes, dreams, assumptions and frustrations of the Roman schoolboy.

The term, 'everyday life', poses a problem: whose everyday life? One obvious temptation is to identify with the rich, the powerful and the beautiful. Reading a history journal is our best chance of becoming, if only for a moment, Empress of Rome or a victorious Roman general, riding in a chariot among cheering crowds, dressed like Jupiter in a purple cloak thrown over a toga sewn with golden stars. But does anyone imagine themselves to be a slave, a slaughtered prisoner or a child? And yet the Roman child's experience served as his or her introduction to the Roman world. Perhaps it can serve as our introduction too.

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