Women and careers in the Early Roman Empire (1st-3rd centuries)


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By Ludivine Capra, master’s student in archaeology at the University of Strasbourg

What role did women play in the Roman workplace? Who were they? How is it that, despite the less than favourable Roman social view of labour, some women managed to dominate in their chosen trade? And how is their work represented by their contemporaries, either in writing or in images? Sometimes women surprise us by showing up where we least expect them: in intellectual careers, craftsmanship and trade, business administration, or banking. Even when they are where we expect them to be (acting as servants, nurses, providers of beauty and hygiene services), they still have many surprises in store for us…

Duration: 1 hour