This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

In ancient Rome, children worked hard

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Roman tombstone commemorating a boy miner
Roman tombstone commemorating a boy miner

Hard living conditions and poverty often force minors to work. It was no different in ancient Rome, where it was not uncommon to see a small child working physically.

This is evidenced by the preserved tombstones showing the images of children. For example, there is a monument to a four-year-old boy named Quartulus, shown with a basket and a pickaxe. The boy worked in the mine, and the monument was probably erected by his colleagues. Object found in Jaén in Spain; now it is in the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid.

What’s more, in the area of ​​the former Roman Empire, researchers found numerous children’s skeletons with traces of physical exertion on their bones and joints. For example, a cemetery was discovered near Rome, where children were buried, whose remains showed that they could work in fulling factories and knead fabrics in the wash.

  • Beard Mary, SPQR. Historia starożytnego Rzymu, Poznań 2016

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.



Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: