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Professor Tim Parkin, The University of Melbourne.

We all know something about the splendour of ancient Rome – an image still fostered in part by the monuments that survive as well as by modern media representations. But what was it really like to live in the ancient city? This illustrated talk will attempt to evoke not only the wonder but also the reality of living in ancient Rome two millennia ago. Via a range of types of testimony, some only very recently discovered, it is possible to go beyond imagined ideals to recreate something of the at times grim and often smelly daily realities for an ordinary inhabitant of the Roman empire.

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