In Bed with the Romans

27 June 2019 - Chemistry

Romans and their beds. Not only did the Romans sleep in them, but they recovered from hangovers in them, procreated in them, and they were where some women gave birth.

In this talk, the University of Canterbury goes under the proverbial covers to discuss Roman sexuality. What do we know about the Romans and sex? How prevalent was adultery? What do we know about Roman prostitution? And what can we say about the erotic images found in Pompeii and Herculaneum?

As we will see, it turns out that Roman sex can tell us a lot about Roman society.

UC Senior Lecturer in Classics Dr Gary Morrison is a specialist in Roman social history. His unique area of research is the literary, cultural, and political significance of the “night” in antiquity, both in regards to the literary imagery of night, as well as the activities undertaken in households and in urban areas under the cover of darkness.

Join this free short-format talk, and take advantage of the opportunity to view Fantastic Feasts, the newest exhibition at the Teece Museum.

Please note: This talk is for adults only (R18). Images and language may offend.

Image: Fragment of wall painting showing two lovers in bed, from the House of L. Caecilius Jucundus in Pompeii, ca. 50-79 AD, Naples National Archaeological Museum. Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0 (]

Date: Thursday 27 June 2019

Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Museum doors open at 6.30pm.

Venue: Teece Museum, University of Canterbury Arts City Location, Chemistry building, the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.

Free, but booking is essential

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.