By Peter Chrisp

ISBN-10: 0756619556

ISBN-13: 9780756619558

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Many were sent by their parents to live with friends or relatives, where they would be taught alongside other girls of their own age. They learned to read and write, to spin and weave, and to play musical instruments. They also had to learn to keep accounts because, as wives, they would be expected to run a household. When it was time to marry, they left their dolls as an offering to the gods at the household shrine. This ivory doll, which would once have had clothes, has a hairstyle made fashionable by Julia Domna, wife of Emperor Septimius Severus (ruled ad 193-211).

Women were often buried with their favourite ornaments, and because gold and precious stones do not decay in the ground, many pieces of Roman jewellery survive today. Most of the items shown here come from women’s graves. Ring carved with a relief, which was pressed into wax to seal documents Flavian hairstyle with an abundance of ringlets < cosmetics This lovely coffin portrait is a "mummy mask" from Roman Egypt, dating from the late 2nd century ad. The lady represents the Roman ideal of beauty, with her pale pink-tinted skin, red lips, and dark eyebrows and lashes.

Vitellius had an enormous appetite and ate three or four huge meals a day, a feat possible only because he made himself sick in between. As emperor, he spent a great deal of money on food, sending naval ships to fetch exotic ingredients from distant lands. The most famous dish served to him had food arranged to look like the shield of the goddess Minerva, complete with the head of Medusa, a monster with snakes for hair. Among its many ingredients, brought to Rome from places as far apart as Spain and Syria, were flamingo tongues, pike livers, and the brains of pheasants and peacocks.

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