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date: 18 May 2021

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Epigraphy reveals important aspects of the social life of ordinary people and slaves in the Roman world, habitually overlooked by elite literary authors. Inscriptions dealing with the lower orders might appear to have no overt social filter but are often influenced by the epigraphic culture of the elite. The chapter argues that through public documents, such as the statutes of collegia, the commemoration of benefactions, gravestones, and graffiti, some commoners gain a voice. Inscriptions give scholars a better understanding of life in the countryside and among the urban plebs .

Keywords: inscriptions, associations, collegia, plebs, freedmen, slaves, banquets, bathing, sex, brothels, baths, board games, graffiti, benefactions, rural life, Roman countryside, pagi, vici, nundinae

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