A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome – Ray Laurence

A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome – Ray Laurence

Translator: tom carter
Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar It’s March the 17th in A.D. 73. We’re visiting ancient Rome
to watch the Liberalia, an annual festival that celebrates
the liberty of Rome’s citizens. We’re looking in at a 17-year-old
named Lucius Popidius Secundus. He’s not from a poor family, but he lives
in the region known as the Subura, a poorer neighborhood in Rome,
yet close to the center of the city. (Gong) The tenants of these
apartments are crammed in, (Grunting) which poses considerable risk. Fires are frequent and the smell of ash
and smoke in the morning is not uncommon. Lucius, who awoke at dawn,
has family duties to perform today. (Cheering) His 15-year-old brother is coming of age. Half the children in ancient Rome
die before they reach adulthood, so this is a particularly
important milestone. Lucius watches his brother
stand in his new toga before the household shrine
with its protective deities, as he places his bulla,
a protective amulet, in the shrine with a prayer of thanks. The bulla had worked.
It had protected him. Unlike many others,
he had survived to become an adult. At 17, Lucius has almost
completed his education. He has learned to speak well,
make public speeches, and how to read and write
both Latin and Greek. His father has taught him
the types of things you can’t learn in the classroom: how to run, how to swim, and how to fight. Lucius could choose, at 17,
to become a military tribune and command soldiers
on the edge of the Empire. But in other ways,
Lucius is still a child. He’s not trusted
to arrange business deals. His father will take care
of that until he is 25. And Dad will arrange Lucius’ marriage
to a girl 10 years younger. His dad has his eye on a family
with a 7-year-old daughter. Back to the Liberalia. As Lucius leaves with his family, the shops are open as the population
goes about its business. The streets are full
of itinerant traders selling trinkets and people bustling from place to place. Large wagons are not allowed
in the city until after the ninth hour but the streets are still crowded. Fathers and uncles
take the kids to the Forum Augustus to see statues of Rome’s famous warriors like Aeneas, who led Rome’s ancestors,
the Trojans, to Italy. And Romulus, Rome’s founder. And all the great generals of the Republic
from more than 100 years earlier. Lovingly, we can imagine
fathers and guardians with their now adult children remembering stories of Rome’s glory and re-telling the good deeds and sayings
of the great men of the past: lessons on how to live well, and to overcome the follies of youth. There is a sense of history in this place,
relevant to their present. Romans made an empire
without end in time and space. (Thump) Rome was destined to be
eternal through warfare. Wars were a fact of life, even in A.D. 73. There are campaigns in the north
of England and into Scotland, to the north of the River
Danube into Romania, and on the frontier
between Syria and Iraq to the east. It’s now the eighth hour —
time to head for the baths. Lucius and his family head up
the Via Lata, the wide street, to the Campus Martius,
and the enormous Baths of Agrippa. The family members leave
the clients and freedmen outside, and enter the baths with their peer group. Baths would change from dark,
steamy rooms to light ones. The Romans had perfected window glass. Everyone moves from the cold room to the tepid room and to the very hot room. (Man) Oops! More than an hour later, the bathers leave massaged, oiled, (Whistling) and have been scraped down with a strigil to remove the remaining dirt. At the ninth hour, seven hours
after they left home, the men return for a celebratory dinner. Dinner is an intimate affair, with nine people
reclining around the low table. Slaves attend to their every need if the diners, through gestures,
demand more food and wine. As the day closes, we can hear
the rumble of wagons outside. The clients and freedmen, with a meal of robust
— if inferior — food inside them, shuffle off to the now tepid baths before returning
to their apartment blocks. Back at Lucius’ house,
the drinking continues into the night. Lucius and his stepbrother
don’t look too well. A slave stands by in case
either of them needs to vomit. With hindsight, we know Lucius’ future. In 20 years’ time, the Emperor Vespasian’s
youngest son, Domitian, as emperor, will enact a reign of terror. Will Lucius survive? (Drums)


  1. I'm a pink potato hehe says:

    The voice is so soothing. I LOVE IT!!

  2. Samara Summer says:

    Lucius ?


  3. Alex Lange says:

    Liberalism is now destroying history 🙄

  4. Himanshu Tiwari says:

    I like the word "ancient Rome"

  5. aa898246 says:

    so its the same as now but we dont die as much


    mentaly scared

  7. Ayla's Life says:

    Survive and your good

  8. NOAH NORRIS says:

    yeet sub to my channel and pewdiepie

  9. Sigurd Ahlgreen Pedersen ALFA Hou Skole og Børnehus says:

    Tedeus eddison

  10. Moe hmm says:

    Switch to 1.25 speed

    Or not

  11. Mateja Verdnik says:

    Amazing video 🙂

  12. JakulaithWolff says:

    Married on 7 years old….???? That's deprived childhood…..

  13. JakulaithWolff says:

    Smart way to hide the pen!s lol

  14. banjo guy says:

    Only 80’s BC kids remember this

  15. Englebert Everything says:

    March 17th is also St. Patrick's Day.
    I think not!

  16. OLe Jack Green The weird green guy says:

    I'm grateful that I'm not in forced marriage to a little girl

  17. alexei says:

    The female version is you're dead from childbirth long before ever reaching 17.

  18. caleb courtois says:

    2:38 FBI OPEN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. LouDogTheFrog says:

    Damn they were skinny af they shoulda ate somfin

  20. Theo Papadinoff says:

    This was bad Mary and I felt uncomfortable

  21. Fritz Nicolai Rodriguez says:

    Lucius P. Secundus will be married Domitia II

  22. XD_ Benji says:


  23. Maria Ali says:

    My younger days were better… he never got detention every Wednesday’s and Saturday’s for skipping classes weekdays to go buy Takis and Gatorade from seven eleven and eat it behind the school

  24. BlaDe Duck says:

    i dont even want to watch the videos with ray laurence in the title cause his voice is that unbearable.

  25. Erick Guzman says:


  26. 4evertulip says:

    This is how I learn about history lol

  27. Roy L says:

    You have a big old forehead

  28. Nova. says:

    7 years old?…

    F.B.I. OPEN UP

  29. Mavisth555 says:

    I don't think we Italians were multicultural in ancient rome. We aren't even now. Italy is in Europe lol

  30. Idk who i am Bitchhh says:

    I always supported Remus…

  31. Skillz Got sarah says:

    My teacher skipped the bath part 😂

  32. Callum Duncan says:

    Yep Just Ferril

  33. House of Savoy says:

    This animation is hilarious 😂

  34. Zain rehman says:

    this just showed how rich people are the same even after so many years

  35. Brownskikuca says:

    Girls in ancient Rome: I am IX and this is slavery
    14 year olds: I am XIV and this is WAR
    grown up politicians: I am XX and this is VETO

  36. Brave Heart says:

    Why I am seeing this now?

  37. MaresDaniel TV:GAMING,VLOG ȘI ALTE LUCRURI says:

    the Dacia was never captured.Only the part were is the Romania today was captured.

  38. BattleGuardianTCG says:

    march 17th,my birthday!

  39. Lucas D. says:

    You can't really do a comparison of "teenage-hood" as in today's conception of "teenager" because such concept wasn't conceived until the term and meaning was coined around 1900 by psychologist Stanley Hall (1846 – 1924), so this video it's very informative but it can't be compared thinking of todays teenagers. Since humanity existed and up to the last century, kids were considered kids up until coming-of-age when they were considered adults.

  40. Emily Dugan says:


    Look at the guy on the left.

    That is me on a daily basis

  41. Sassy Antelope says:

    O Loúkios eínai áschimos

    Thats Greek if you cant read it

  42. User name says:

    That moment when your Grandpa is living more luxurious life at 90 than Teens in Rome

  43. User name says:

    I think we are more superior to them since they are dead today and we are not ;P
    14 Year Old White Girls humor

  44. Cochoni Plays says:

    Law & order victims unit

  45. rick sanchez says:

    Davai kes tahab seksi

  46. Sunny Loves Humanity says:

    The Intro sound always gives me chills for some reason.

  47. s g says:

    This is probably one of the only Ted-Ed videos that ends with am actual cliffhanger. There was also a cliffhanger in the episode about fractals.

  48. emilie bunch says:

    There is one problem with the statues. Historically, they would of been painted.

  49. Meme Explorer says:

    This makes me happy because I can flex on 5yo kids in the future, saying that “I had to WALK to school, and I had to cook the pizza rolls MYSELF!” And then just grobble about how future millennials are so lazy, only because I ruined their economy and future of being the ambassador for our world for other extraterrestrial life.

  50. Avichay Avivi says:

    NO. This video is plain brainwashing.
    THIS is how it was to be a teenager and a citizen in Rome:
    1. Only men can be citizens of Rome.
    2. ALL Romans must serve in the military.
    3. Roman citizens (who are all soldiers) DESPISE all types of LABOR. Working is for the weak. A true Roman man join the army and take by force what he wants – from the enemy: Women, slaves, land, gold.
    4. As a teenager: All your life is training for the battle. You train with a wooden dagger TWICE the weight of the real steel one.
    5. After 20 years as soldier (18-38) you retire. As a soldier you get vast land (that you helped to conquer and save from barbarians) and with the land slaves (known also as "honest workers" today) that live on the land and plow, saw and rip the harvest for you.

  51. Black Hat Ty says:

    There were no teenagers.

  52. Jessica Soutar says:

    Anyone here 2019?

  53. Daniel Beltrán says:

    Chhkjjjjjhtrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr4445eqqqwertyyuiopt q

  54. steve gale says:

    Flat heads?

  55. The BlackHawk says:

    Lucius Popodimus Secundus
    Starring: some 7 year old girl
    Also featuring: Lucius's dad
    And also: Big wagon boiz

  56. Muhammad Durrani says:

    I like you to share things from their perspective. Give me a glimpse of their view.

  57. Cherokee Queen says:

    They will say that the kids of our generation were obsessed with watching a little box and that they seemed to worship these strange flamboyant singers with a hand always mysteriously covering one eye.😀Oh, and they seemed to revere the triangle for some reason too!😀

  58. Betina Danielle Francisco says:

    I cant stop giggling at 4:55 adasggasoojoikkln
    That little "Oooh!" has me cackling omfg

  59. bop god says:

    Ok two questions
    1. Is this where the word "suburban" comes from?
    2. Is this literally the ancient Roman version of the hood

  60. Ms. A says:

    7-10 was their teenager

  61. Down2 Blaise says:

    I woulda just practiced sword fighting 24/7 😂also did romans have weed

  62. Little Bear says:

    "Yeah, she's seven."

  63. Shahzad Jalil says:

    the music in the intro reminds me of Monument Valley

  64. Michel Ma says:

    Meryn Trant: 7 year old? too old

  65. Mavisth555 says:

    So according to BBC England many centuries ago- country in north Europe.

    Was 50% white European
    And 50% African

    Hmmm… BBC… why aren't we Europeans all mixed and brown now then?

    Why? Why do you change history?

    I wonder if Africa then was also 50% European white according to you…

  66. nathan pilapil says:

    How I wonder what is the games during the caveman?

  67. Aaron Matthew says:

    Narrator sucked

  68. Muhammad Haris says:

    Romans were morons

  69. sledquite a says:

    3:35 is that scipio versus hannibal?

  70. Jadwiga G. says:

    Arranged marriage? Did anyone check the roman law on that aspect? Or was it just: "okay, in past they all had their marriages arranged, so screw this."

  71. 雨宮寧音 says:

    Im still waiting for a sequel to this lol

  72. leg go man says:

    Every comment is either ACTUALLY UMMMM or a joke turned to debate or ,rarely, a comment like this one

  73. Daniel McLaughlin says:

    This only talks about what it is like to be a male teenager in ancient Rome.  What about female teenagers?


    Aaah, all of us true Romans have a bit of Lucius in our hearts. 😁😏

  75. Adelina Tagirova says:

    The ‘04 kids could never

  76. Valkyrie Feirro says:

    3:41 they had blue hair dye in ancient rome?

  77. It's Candy Time Boys and Girls says:

    A seven year old wife? Well, romans knew what a good life means. Of course, I'm referring to learn latin and greek.

  78. Emma fee says:

    Is anyone here bc of percy jackson

  79. David Peel says:

    It's easy how to run, how do you have to be taught.

  80. David Peel says:

    I mean, ehy do you have to be taught???

  81. Polski Obywatel says:

    3:00 ancient Rome and german stop sign XD

  82. chromosoze's account says:

    wait ancient romans couldnt run?

  83. HOT SEXY Videos SUBSCRIBE says:

    can't believe it's 2019 already. 70 b.C were good times!

  84. Varelity says:

    Basically a midlife crisis

  85. 丁筱翠 says:

    Great, there are Chinese subtitles, I can finally understand.

  86. Lunchwagon Davis says:

    The narrator needs to keep up the volume of his voice through to the end of each phrase, so the last word or two aren't inaudible mumbling. I kept having to go back a few seconds to replay things I couldn't hear.

  87. William Scurry says:

    Hey do one on Ethiopia, ya know so u can have some white people there.

  88. Sruti Deka says:

    So happy I found this channel 😍

  89. love_girl3060 *heart broken* says:

    I’m just here for the olives
    Or….anything good 🙂

  90. mysterious gurl says:

    Narrators voice is weird

  91. boneless pizza says:

    Lucius is rich average Romans can’t afford baths everyday those shits expensive

  92. Ruchika Shakya says:

    Isnt that domintia

  93. Doggo The mad borker says:

    Cliff hanger. Nice.

  94. Lamo Content Gay says:

    So you couldn’t make business until 25 back then but you can fight in a war lol

  95. Dr Numbnuts says:

    This is how the wealthy lived. The poor and middle class generally didn’t get education.

  96. BiGsImY says:

    So is there a part two or….

  97. Yadav Anushka says:

    CORRECTION: Aeneas Is Greek
    Thanks for these vids tho, they are very educating and fun to watch!!

  98. Hari Mohan says:

    "his dad has his eye on a family with a 7 year old daughter"

  99. Siddharth Bhardwaj says:

    Romans weren't brown ffs

  100. TaupeBongo 81394 says:

    Hol up so is he married to the girl when she’s 7 years old or do they just start planning it then and if they are married when she’s 7 why age do they have kids this makes me shudder

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