The Importance of Bulla in Ancient Rome
Children wore a special locket around their neck, given to them at birth, called a bulla. It contained an amulet as a protection against evil and was worn on a chain, cord, or strap.
Girls wore their bulla until the eve of their wedding day, when their bulla was set aside with other childhood things, like her toys.
Boys wore their bulla until they day they became a citizen. A Roman boy became a citizen when he was around 16 or 17. There was a special ceremony on that day. Becoming a citizen was a big deal! Boys’ bullas were put aside and carefully saved. The owner could wear his bulla again if he won special honors. For example, if he became a successful general, and won the honor of triumph, he would wear his bulla in ceremonial parades, to protect him from the evil jealously of men or gods.