The Women of Rome Virtual Tour Act 1: Growing up Female in a Man's Rome

Discover the complex and varied roles played by women in ancient Rome on our virtual tour

The Women of Rome Virtual Tour Act 1: Growing up Female in a Man's Rome

duration 1.5 hours

Tour Overview

You might think that the history of Rome is a patriarchal tale of great men and heroic deeds, of warfare and conquer. But it’s impossible to tell the story of the ancient empire without telling the story of its women. On this special virtual tour we’ll be reconstructing female experiences in antiquity in all their complex variety. Discover how women have been central to the fortunes of Rome from its most distant origins, and come face-to-face with some of the great heroines that have shaped the course of Rome’s history, from Rhea Silvia to Lucretia. But women had more than a symbolic role in the story of the empire. Unpacking the lived experience of women in ancient Rome, on our tour we’ll learn about family structures in antiquity and the complex rituals surrounding marriage and childbirth; discover the revered role of the ‘materfamilias’ in antiquity, and how ancient women were often highly educated. Find out how women were frequently involved in business and commerce, and what they got up to in their spare time, from dinner parties to sport. This is a fascinating aspect of Rome’s history that is rarely told - join us to discover it with expert guide Gracelyn!

Tour includes:

  • Live broadcast from Rome
  • Immersive webinar with expert guide Gracelyn
  • Discover the role of women in ancient Rome
  • Have your questions answered in live Q and A


  • Reconstruct female experience in antiquity
  • Meet ancient Roman heroines like Rhea Silvia and Lucretia
  • Learn about motherhood in ancient Rome
  • Discover how women were often highly educated and involved in the workforce

Tour Description

Meet your Guide: Gracelyn

Hi I’m Gracelyn! A native New Yorker with qualifications in Speech Communications Studies, classical theater, voice and drama, I’ve been living and working in Rome since 2006. After 13(!) trips to Rome over the years during which I couldn’t get enough of the city’s history, beauty, art and architecture, I decided to follow my heart, quitting my job in New York and pitching up in the Eternal City with 3 suitcases. I began my life in Rome by volunteering with the Pantheon choir and at Rome’s famous cat sanctuary (the site of Julius Caesar’s assassination!), where I gave tours showcasing the sanctuary’s mission. A licensed tour guide of Rome, I was introduced to Through Eternity in 2007 and have been happily collaborating and guiding with them ever since.

What Exactly is a Through Eternity Virtual Tour?  

The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home. 

* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *

Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!

As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first respondershealth workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!

Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!  


Tour Reviews

5.0 (2 reviews)

Gracelyn is knowledgeable and entertaining, and her tours are always a pleasure. The lives of women in ancient Rome are usually barely touched on, so spending an hour learning about how they were perceived, and how they influenced history was welcome. Gracelyn explains their roles in every class of life, and the power and education that many had. She uses discoveries in the archeological digs to give us an understanding of the everyday life of ancient Roman women, and it is fascinating.

Louise - Jul 08, 2021

Gracelyn’s tour was fantastic, as always. With terrific stories and pictures, she took us back in time to see what it was like to be a woman in ancient Rome. We enjoyed every minute of the tour and are eagerly anticipating the follow up!

Nadine - May 07, 2021

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