A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum book jacket

Historian Emma Southon explores bad behavior in ancient Rome in her keynote talk. What infuriated people? What behaviors were legally unacceptable? Why was every major change of Roman history accompanied by murder?

Dr. Southon holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham. The author of Marriage, Sex and Death: the Family and the Fall of Rome, A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World, she co-hosts a history podcast with writer Janina Matthewson called ‘History is Sexy’ and works as a bookseller. She lives with her husband and cat in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


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Emma abandoned academia to get more pleasure from sharing ancient history and writing books in her own style. Learn more about Emma here.

Emma Southon recommends these informative and fun resources on Roman life, crime, and rulers:

Ancient Roman Crimes



Getty Villa recommends diving into some ancient fiction:

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