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ON THE COVER It was fairly common for the ancient Romans to depict an entire family on a funerary relief, whether it was intended to honour one particular member who had died, or was dedicated to the entire clan. This particular style – where the entire family was depicted inside a tondo – has been mainly found in Thrace, Northern Greece, and the Balkans. Sometimes such memorials include inscriptions to identify the family, but in the case of this relief, dating from sometime between the second and third century AD, we can only guess.
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THE ROMAN FAMILY Publicly, Roman family life was marked by a series of rituals: birth, coming of age, marriage, and death. Duty, responsibility, and selflessness were important domestic virtues. Behind closed doors however, things were much more complicated.
Fathers, sons, and soldiers Republican Roman family values
A world of children Growing up in the Roman Empire
Mind your elders! Grandparents in the Roman family
Caroline Bonaparte Women excavating Pompeii
Where men met the gods James Doyle on Teotihuacán
Diogenes The first cynic and ancient troll
Divorce in ancient Rome Familial power meets politics
Further reading More books on the Roman family
The pursuit of happiness Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri
Hollywood Romans The patrician soldier - Coriolanus
Preliminaries What's new in ancient history
Ancient History travels The Roman city of Pula
SPOILED ROTTEN? Examining the relationship between Roman grandparents and their grandchildren.
PLENTY OF PAPYRUS A new exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Villa that highlights Herculaneum's greatest treasure.
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