Roman life book launch!

Posted by stj3 at Nov 27, 2018 08:45 PM |
New book for schools reveals what life was like in Roman Leicester
Roman life book launch!

The new book: 'Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester'


On 21st November, the School of Archaeology and Ancient History launched a new book on the archaeology of Roman Leicester. More than 250 pupils and teachers from local schools attended events on campus throughout the day, which culminated in the launch. Guests included members of local community archaeology and history groups, such as the Friends of the Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester Archaeological and Historical Society and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers. The guest speaker was the author Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries novels for children.

Through a combination of narrative and new archaeological research Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester by Giacomo Savani, Sarah Scott and Mathew Morris explores the nature of everyday life under the Romans. Based on the world-class research of the School, the excavations and publications of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), and objects at the Jewry Wall Museum and the Harborough Museum, the book examines topics which still concern us today, such as conflict, social inequality, multiculturalism, migration, diet, disease and death. Inspired by recent archaeological discoveries in Leicester, the narrative imagines the experiences and responses of ordinary people living in the town through four centuries of Roman rule. Leicester is examined in detail because it is one of the most excavated urban centres in Britain, and the range of evidence shows us that it was a vibrant multicultural centre from its earliest phases. Caroline Lawrence has described the book as ‘truly inspirational’.
The book is aimed at KS3-5 (11 to 18 years) and is linked to a new resource for teachers entitled Life in the Roman World: Ratae Corieltavorum (Roman Leicester) which includes session plans, activities and worksheets, as well as introducing Latin in the context of the archaeology of Roman Leicester. The resources are available for free download from our website.

With the support of Classics for All and University of Leicester Research Impact Funding, free copies will be distributed to schools in Leicestershire.

The School of Archaeology and Ancient History is working in partnership with Classics for All to promote the study of the classical world. Our students and staff are supporting the introduction of classical subjects in state schools where there is no current provision, as well as providing a wide range of enrichment opportunities based on our cutting-edge research in classical archaeology and ancient history. Currently, we are working with more than 20 schools in Leicester and beyond. To find out more about the Leicester Classics Hub, or to arrange a taster session, visit Classics outreach.

To coincide with the launch of the new book and classroom resource, we also launched our second Artefact to Art Competition around the theme of Roman Britain!

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