What Was It Like to be a Teenager in Ancient Rome?

The modern concept of a “teenager” didn’t really exist until the 1950s. Until then, you were either a child or an adult; there was nothing in between. A big part of this new construction was the rise of rock’n’roll, a form of music that gave expression to people in this stage of their life.

Compare today’s teenager with what it was like to be, say, 16 in ancient Rome.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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