06. November 2020 - 18:00 till 20:00
Meet in the Roman Empire Gallery 70 at The British Museum, London
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Understanding Roman inscriptions and tombstones at the British Museum | Friday, 06. November 2020

17.45am for prompt start at 18.00, finish 20.00


NB Please also allow extra time as bag checks are currently in place when entering the British Museum


Meet in Room 49 (Wolfson Roman Britain Gallery) by the Mildenhall Treasure at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, nearest tube stations Holborn and Tottenham Court Road


Romans all over the empire and even in Britain liked to set up monuments with images and inscriptions to celebrate their lives and commemorate their dead, making them a great way of getting into the minds of ordinary Romans, male and female, rich and poor, young and old. The inscriptions are in Latin but of a very regular type which even people without any Latin can soon learn to decipher, at least in part. Roman inscriptions are also in capital letters, which makes them legible and clear!


This session will focus on tombstones from Roman Britain in the British Museum but will also look at tombstones from other parts of the Roman Empire. We’ve arranged it for Friday evenings tbc, when the British Museum is open until 9pm and very quiet – no school parties! This will be of special interest to students of A219, A276, A330 and A340.


 The tour will be led by Cathy Mercer, an experienced Open University Classical Studies tutor.


Image is the The great dish from the Mildenhall Treasure in the British Museum taken by JMiall. Reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.