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Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

Items of everyday use

View of the room devoted to items from everyday life.

View of the room devoted to items from everyday life.

The items displayed in this room evoke everyday life during the Roman era.

Trade is represented by different types of amphorae, which served to transport a substantial range of foodstuffs in perfect condition from their place of origin to public and private storerooms and containers (large silos or deposits, dolia and jars).

We may also contemplate a number of Roman games and pastimes. Many of these games are very similar to those of our own time. Children played at hide-and-seek, odds and evens, blind man’s buff, or with hoops (using sticks to control them). They had spinning tops, construction games, and played with knucklebones, dolls made of terracotta, wood bone or ivory, and with toy cups and ceramics. Adults would also amuse themselves with these games (knucklebones, dice, etc.) and others in which they would bet money. Above all, however, they enjoyed the ludi, days for public games and performances.

We may also learn of other aspects of Roman daily life, such as habiliment, religious practices and eating habits, from their jewellery, personal effects, religious items, tableware and kitchen equipment.

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