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.

Roman children wore “bulla”

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Etruscan statue showing a boy with a bulla around his neck. Object dated around 150 BCE
Etruscan statue showing a boy with a bulla around his neck. Object dated around 150 BCE

Children up to the age of fourteen wore a medallion called a “bulla” around their necks. The medallions were designed to protect children from evil spirits and forces.

The bullae were round in shape and consisted of two convex plates. The bull was made of various metals, depending on the status of the family: silver, gold or bronze. Inside the medallion, an amulet was placed, which was usually a phallus – a symbol that brought good luck in antiquity. Such necklaces were worn by boys until they reached the male age – i.e. the age of 16. Bulla was an important artefact of every Roman, which he took out on important occasions, incl. when he became a leader or took part in a parade.

The girls did not wear bull, and lunula – the amulet they took off on their wedding day. From that moment on, the woman about to get married began to dress like a real Roman lady.

  • Jean-Claude Fredouille, Słownik cywilizacji rzymskiej, Katowice, 1996
  • Judith Lynn Sebesta, Larissa Bonfant, The World of Roman Costume

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: