The Roman History group was started by David Hearn in September 2014. When David moved to Cheltenham four years later, John Goldsack took over as Group Leader.
We have covered a lot of ground over the years, starting from the traditional foundation date of Rome in 753BC; we have just finished examining the lives of the Antonines in the 2nd century AD - the so-called 'good emperors'. The group does not focus just on the ruling classes and the state apparatus; we also investigate what life would have been like for the ordinary Roman in the street. We have picked up all sorts of odd information along the way: a day's wage for a labourer in the 1st century would buy two small chickens, or four eggs, or half a pair of boots, or four flasks of wine, or twelve edible dormice. Gladiators were valuable property, well-trained and well looked after; many were the pop idols of their day, renowned for their groupies and for the disreputable behaviour of some of their female fans.
Although we are a fair way along the Roman History journey, there will be more to come, as the group has decided to continue beyond the fall of the western Roman Empire, by learnng about the Romans in Britain. Any topic that takes a member's interest is fair game, especially if they are willing to do some of the research. New members will be made very welcome.
We meet on the second Thursday of every month, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, at the Royal British Legion Club in Church Street.
If you are interested in joining us or would like further information, please contact the group leader, John Goldsack, on 01684-298922 or via the email icon on the right.