I have two able-bodied (one a former gladiator) male characters operating a small farm. If it’s just the two of them working, how many acres (or iugera, if that’s an easier measurement) can they manage by themselves? They’re not particularly well off, but they can afford a goat and possibly some chickens. I’m also not sure whether they would be able to grow more than one type of crop, which would be preferred; they’re located in southern, mainland Italy.
For this question, I’ve googled: farming in ancient Rome, small farms in ancient Rome, agriculture in Italy, farming in Italy
Also, I know there’s very little information on childcare in the Roman Republic, but anything you can give me would be spectacular, especially the kind of food, toys, or clothing they would have for newborns and infants, and the general attitude among the working class towards how much attention a child needs.
For this one I’ve tried: babies in ancient rome, babies in ancient Greece, ancient alternatives to breastfeeding, ancient baby food
Googled; how a traditionally-raised Aleut girl would speak to elders
Yup'ik traditional childrearing methods, Aleut childrearing methods discipline
what is considered rude in Aleut culture, rudeness in Aleut culture
Setting; Unalaska Island, roughly contemporary, but in a slightly alternate world
This is a question about the same idea that led to the first question I asked about Aleut/Unangan culture and naming. Thanks for all those posters who replied to that question! The protagonist of this story (BTW, only in its rough stages, and loosely inspired by and taking its title from Billy Joel's song "The Downeaster Alexa"), Alexa, is a 13-year-old Unangan girl whose mother is Yup'ik. Her father is Unangan. As I am a Chinese Australian, living in Sydney with a very Westernised outlook and a family who only observes the traditional celebrations of Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival, who hopes to visit/stay in the Aleutian Islands (as well as other places) one day and learn enough about other cultures to relate to them on a cultural level, I've been stuck on this story for a while (it's one I've tried to write a few times and had a few ideas about, but never really succeeded- I get heaps of ideas all the time).
This one is first-person in diary format-my favourite narration style. Anyway, the question is; Alexa and her siblings are traditionally raised. Her family lives on Unalaska Island, outside the actual city of Unalaska. Her father is a fisherman and a fur trapper. From some research I've discovered that since Yup'ik descent is patrilineal, she would be identifying herself as Unangan (I guess) among other people from her culture, and Aleut to outsiders. The question is; if (say) she or her siblings yelled at/were rude to their parents and refused to do something, what would be the consequences? And also, how likely is it that she would know a few words of Unangan and/or know Yup'ik, (and Russian) well enough to speak in it? What would her attitudes be to doing something she considered boring, or her cultural traditions? Would her family also follow some Yup'ik traditions? I was thinking she might have a traditional Yup'ik name that might be used on some occasions.