Ancient Rome (DK/Google E.guides) by Peter Chrisp

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His wife, however, has had only one public role – as a flaminica (priestess in the imperial cult). She has probably spent most of her life at home, raising children. Yet their busts are the same size, which shows they were equal partners in their marriage. CHILDREN BOYS The purpose of marriage was to have children, particularly boys, who would keep the family line going and bring in money when they married. The upper classes hoped for sons to increase the family's fame, by winning consulships, magistracies, and military commands.

The scraps, which have become decorative in their own right, serve as a reminder of the delicious meals that have gone before. The idea of a floor decorated with a floor probably appealed to Hadrian’s sense of humour. 42 POMPEII On the morning of 24 August, ad 79, Mount Vesuvius, a volcano that towers over the Bay of Naples, suddenly erupted, sending up a thick cloud of ash, pumice (volcanic stone), and poisonous gases. Within hours, Pompeii, the prosperous town built in the shadow of the volcano, had been completely buried.

Its head is twisted back, pulled by the chain which still attached it to the wall. Unlike many casts, this one is so detailed that the dog’s teeth can be seen. IN THE GARDEN A group of terrified adults and children were killed in a garden belonging to a rich Pompeiian called Marcus Lucretius. They had covered their faces in a desperate attempt to avoid breathing in the poisonous gases. Among them were a mother with a baby, and a girl who had buried her face in a man’s clothing. These casts were made in 1966.

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