University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Mariaelena Ghisleni

Excavating the Roman Peasant

This kite photograph of Pievina includes students for scale. Major buildings and other features are labeled.

By: Kim Bowes and Mariaelena Ghisleni and Cam Grey and Emanuele Vaccaro

We view the Roman world through the eyes of the wealthy—the lettered elite who penned ancient history and literature, and the ruling classes whose monies built Roman cities and monuments. The poor are nearly invisible to us, their textual and material traces ephemeral, in many cases nonexistent. This is particularly true of the rural poor: […]