At home with the Romans

We know how they waged wars and ran an empire. But what did Romans get up to in the privacy of their own abodes? Paul Roberts, curator of a major exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum, takes us on a guided tour of the Roman home

A Pompeian fresco from the first century showing a woman tuning a musical instrument. Excavations at the partially buried Roman city reveal that women played a prominent role in the home, and that they took personal grooming very seriously indeed. (Photo by: Werner Forman/UIG via Getty Images)

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