Top 12 Insane Things Ancient Romans Did
Rome was not built in a day and its citizens for sure gave the city a lot of charm and wonderful traditions. Many people are interested in its rich history and the stories that come from that time. The Romans are taught in school and resources like this roman gods crossword make it one of the most popular topics covered in schools. If you have visited the city you already know about the impeccable old ruins and the architecture that once was giving the city its glory. The saying says “When in Rome do as the Romans do” but, maybe you would want to skip on that, especially if you would want to try to do something the old Romans did. Kind of crazy, kind of impressing, the following list will help you improve your knowledge in the old Roman’s habits.
#1. Famous feasts
Rome was known as the place where the rich Romans wanted to throw rich parties with lots of wine and food, music and dancers and acrobats that were entertaining the guests. But, the most important thing on these parties was the eating and the drinking. That’s sounds great but the feasts were lasting for days or as long as there was food, so in order to keep up with the party the Romans would have intentionally throw up their eaten food in order to make room for more. This is beyond disgusting and unhealthy, because it is a first step to developing bulimia.
He was Rome’s famous emperor who had really big love for his horse. Not only the animal lived better than half Rome (it lived in a marble stable with an ivory manger), but also its famous owner want to make his horse the Consul, which is the highest elected office in the Roman Republic.
#3. Washing clothes with urine
Yes, sounds really disgusting but back in ancient Rome there were not soaps that were able to clean clothes like there are today. The urine contains ammonia which today is used in cleaning products, so they maybe weren’t so crazy after all. Still, it is gross.
When it was first opened (and it is believe that it was built of giant statue of the Roman’s emperor Nero) everybody wanted to see the new gladiator stadium. However, the Romans killed around 5000 animals for the initial opening fights.
#5. No lefties allowed
The Romans were so superstitious that they didn’t want anything that would have lead them to the left. Left hand people should have either learn to do everything with their right hand or they’d have been marked for life. The English word “sinister” has root from the Latin word for “left”.
#6. Babies depended on father’s mercy
The newborn babies were placed in front of the father’s feet and if the man would have picked up and carry the baby that meant that he wanted to keep it. Otherwise, the unwanted babies were left behind alone or they were dying because nobody was taking care for them.
#7. Early marriages for girls
The early marriages are not today’s problem of the society. In ancient Rome, girls were expected to get married around 13 or 14 years old, or as soon as they became able to reproduce and there was nothing weird about that.
#8. Britain was the end of the world
In 43AD the Roman soldiers got an order to hit the road and conquer Britain. But, the soldiers were too scared to go so far “beyond the known world where monsters could live”.
He was one of the most brutal Rome’s emperors, known to have killed thousands of Romans for really silly reasons. He also was spending a lot of money on luxurious things while the citizens were dying in poverty. He also killed his mother and wife and allegedly his last words before his death were “What an artist I die”. The day of his death was considered as holiday for the Romans.
#10. Tooth paste
Ok, this is beyond disgusting, because ancient Romans were using powdered mouse brains as a tooth paste to wash their teeth. Ok, at least they were washing them.
#11. People were making money out of weird jobs
In ancient Rome there were people who were plucking armpit’s hair, and they were charging people for that. It was probably too painful yet it seemed that they set the roots for today’s beauty salons.
#12. Women were dying hair
It sounds that this trend became popular in the 20th century, but no. Roman women were dying their hair back then too. Red and blonde were the most popular colors. Dye colors were achieved by mixing different ingredients, like goat fat, beechwood ashes, henna, saffron, and bleach. I wonder what other natural hair dye they used?