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Daily Life of a Plebeian Child

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Kevin Weng

on 17 December 2014

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Transcript of Daily Life of a Plebeian Child

Diet
This is a piece of bread. Plebeian Children usually ate bread for breakfast and lunch, and did not eat such fancy food; they ate average food. They also did not use forks; they use their hands. They did not wash their pots and utensils properly with soap, and instead the Plebeian Children's families used plain water to wash the pots and utensils, making it easy for disease to spread. Also, Plebeian children did not cook their food, as there were no pots and pans, so they bought take outs from restaurants or bars. I chose a piece of bread as my artifact for food because it shows what the Plebeian Children ate, and how ordinary they ate.
Daily Life of a Plebeian Child
Social Life
This is a picture of a child helping a parent. When they were not learning, Plebeian Children were usually helping out their parents, or entertaining themselves. Girls would help out their mothers, and boys would help out their fathers. After mastering the basics, girls would get more information and knowledge from their mothers on how to run household, how to weave, and how to sew cloth. The boys of extremely rich families would go to a secondary school, a prized accomplishment, but most boys would begin following in their parents career. When they were not learning, children would play games, or go to the theater. I chose this artifact because it shows that Plebeian children spent a lot of time with their parents.
Economic Status
I chose a picture of a child standing beside his dad, a doctor. Plebeian children would usually follow the careers of their parents. If they could afford school, it would only be for a couple of years. If not, then their parents would teach them. In school, Plebeian children would learn how to read, write, and do basic math. After, they would start following in the career of their parents. I chose this picture as an artifact because it shows that Plebeian children really depended on their parents or teaching.
Family Life + Housing
My first artifact here is a picture of a bunch of villagers huddled in a room. Similarly, Plebeian children usually lived in crowded circumstances too. Most Plebeian children slept on the floor, but if they were lucky they would have beds. If Plebeian children had beds, they would have to share with 3-4 people. There were usually no bathrooms, so a pot was used. The pot was emptied out in the street, making the air very unsanitary. I chose this picture because it shows how crowded Plebeian children's homes were. My second artifact here is a damaged wall with moss growing on it. Plebeian children apartments were often easily damaged and easily caught on fire. The apartments were 3-4 stories high, made of wood, and poorly constructed. It was not a surprise back then to see a apartment collapse, or get caught on fire. Amazingly, slaves in Patrician homes lived in better conditions that Plebeian children. I think that this is a good artifact because it shows how poorly the Roman Empire treated Plebeian Children in terms of housing.
Artifact Box
Daily Life of a Plebeian Child
Clothing
This is a leather tunic. Male Plebeian children togas or tunics. Female Plebeian Children would wear stolas. Tunics were made of cool linen in the summer, an wool in the winter. Female Plebeian Children wore closed shoes that were white, green, or yellow., were as male Plebeian Children wore open sandals. I chose a leather tunic as an artifact because it some what represents what Plebeian Children wore. Also, it represents that Rome did not treat everyone equally, as Senators wore expensive jewelery, and Plebeian Children get regular tunics and sandals.
Bibliography
"Roman Food." Roman Food. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://historylink101.com/2/Rome/roman-food.htm>.

"Plebeians in Ancient Rome." Plebeians in Ancient Rome. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://historylink101.com/2/Rome/roman-plebeians.htm>.
"Roman Entertainment." Roman Entertainment. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/romans/entertainment.html>.
"Clothing in Ancient Roman - Crystalinks." Clothing in Ancient Roman - Crystalinks. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014. <http://www.crystalinks.com/romeclothing.html>.
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