This Roman Life, Episode 6: Gender, Sexuality, and Slavery in Ancient Rome

After asking people from the general population questions regarding  gender, sexuality, and slavery in Ancient Rome, it has become obviously clear that the answers to how women, gender, sexuality, and slavery all play a part in the Roman society is widely unclear. Sarah, Monica, Daniel, and Olivia are here today to delve deeper into these topics and answer these questions for us including: How was gender defined in Ancient Rome? How much control did women have over their sexual relationships? How do these rules changes when we enter the concept of slaves versus the freedpeople? Alright ladies and gentlemen, kick back, relax, and get ready for the better look into our ancient world as we know it.


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