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Emma Southon – The British Museum

British Museum, July 4, 2022 6:30 pm

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Join historian Dr Emma Southon to examine real-life homicides from ancient Rome.

Some of ancient Rome’s best-known stories start with a violent death. Romulus killed Remus to found the city, Lucretia killed herself to found the Republic, and it ended with the assassination of Caesar. Romans fought to the death in the arena, were crucified in their thousands at the city gates, or were executed in spectacular recreations of ancient myth for audiences of thousands. Homicide was a horribly common part of Roman life.

In this event, Dr Emma Southon investigates ancient Roman homicides to discuss the meaning of life and death and the changing culture of crime and punishment in the Roman Empire.

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You can join this event in person, or via Zoom.

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  • Book now to secure your place in the BP Lecture Theatre. If you’re experiencing any difficulties with booking or have any further queries, please contact the Membership Office via email: or call: +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • Please note this lecture will be held at full capacity without social distancing measures in place. Hand sanitiser stations and additional cleaning measures will be in place throughout the evening.
  • Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you’re exempt.
  • This lecture includes a complimentary drink.

Attend online via Zoom

  • Book now to secure your place via Zoom – for you to enjoy at home. If you’re experiencing any difficulties with booking, or have any further queries, please contact the Membership Office via email: or call: +44 (0)20 7323 8195.
  • A link will be sent via email ahead of time for you to access the lecture. One ticket must be purchased for each household and the event link may not be shared.
  • Read our Zoom booking form privacy policy.

The event will be recorded and made available to all Members at a later date, without charge.


Dr Emma Southon holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Marriage, Sex and Death: the Family and the Fall of the Roman West (2017), Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore (2018) and A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2020). She also co-hosts a history/comedy podcast with writer Janina Matthewson called History is Sexy and works as a bookseller.

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