- Like her husband, Roman women would sleep in their underwear without washing thoroughly and have a light breakfast.
- She would choose her dress for the day and put on her soleae.
- Both rich and poor wore jewels such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
- However, wealthy women would get slaves to do her and although the style changed over the years, this would usually be high curly hair.
- Hair could be dyed. Wigs, made of real hair, worn to make hair look bigger.
- Unwanted hairs were plucked with tweezers.
- Brow/arms powdered with chalk. Lips/cheeks rouged with lichen. Eyelids darkened with ashes - some items may have been toxic/harmful.
- Powders and lotions kept in boxes and phials, some of which have survived.
- The woman would put on her stola (an elegant version of a tunic which were made in dazzling colours and adorned with splendid embroidery).
- She'd have a light scarf to protect hair and parasol to protect her from the sun.
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- Woman's responsibility to manage household but slaves did all the work.
- They's raise children and a traditional job for women: spinning cloth.
- Women would often gossip but had no part in politics and weren't allowed to vote. Upper class-women were not expected to have any sort of career.
- This meant upper class women found themselves unlikely to be persecuted by Emperors which was a threat faced by men in Roman politics.
- It was likely that upper class women led boring lives.
- There is evidence to suggest that lower class women began undertaking men's work such as becoming secretaries, doctors, and teachers.
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- Around midday, a short nap was taken.
- Since there were slaves, women had a lot of free time with nothing to do.
- Playing board games such as draughts was popular.
- Like men, women attended the baths to wash and socialise.
- Although some baths were mixed, women probably attended before men so that men could spend longer enjoying the facilities.
- Also attended Games like men but kept separate and given worse seats.
MEALS WERE THE SAME AS MEN.
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