Ancient Rome Was Never A Calm Place… (9 PICS + 1 GIF)

Posted in INTERESTING       27 Feb 2021       3575       6 GALLERY VIEW

Bathe, baby, bathe!

One of the most popular activities for the Romans was to bathe, which is great for hygiene… right? Well, bathhouses weren’t particularly sanitary as everyone (from all walks of life- slaves included) was welcome to take a dirty dip into the waters. Hundreds of dirty people cleaning off in the same water all day- you get the picture. If it makes it any better the baths were strictly segregated by gender.

 

Blood? I’m in.

Public entertainment was huge in Ancient Rome. From live theatre to puppet shows, to.. people fighting to the death. Yes, we are all aware of the infamous bouts held at the colosseum, but we don’t often think about the fact that an entire civilization thrived off of the thrill of watching people literally try to kill each other for sport. Nuts.

Get over here, BOY

When keeping the bloodline nice and strong, it was important for a man and woman to have a son. However, if they couldn’t achieve this, it was perfectly legal for them to steal a male nephew from a distant family member.

Have a seat

It’s amazing that the Anceint Romans more or less perfected plumbing. Sadly, though, they somehow managed to have it so that if you wanted to drop a deuce, you’d have to do it in a room full of other dudes taking sh#ts.

Cash rules everything around me

For all of the great things that Ancient Rome had going on, there still was a huge gap between the wealthy and the not-so-fortunate. In fact, a single wealthy family typically lived in a Domus, which was a huge house that took up an entire city block.

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All the people

Estimates show that by the second century AD there were 1,000,000 Roman residents in the main city center- huge at the time. Therefore many families had to live in tiny cheap structures that often caught on fire and collapsed.

Stay at home

While this isn’t a huge surprise, it’s worth mentioning that women of Ancient Rome were expected to stay home and work on raising a family. Some wealthy women were able to attempt to get an education, and others were even able to work for a business. Sadly, the majority of business work that women had to do was manage slaves.

Education

For many Roman families, it was up to the parents to teach their kids anything they needed to learn. So, if your parents weren’t very educated, the chances were that you wouldn’t be either. Only the wealthiest families could afford tutors.

What’s that smell?

You know those beautiful flowing robes that the Romans wore? There’s a good chance they smelled like piss. Urine was frequently used as a detergent- and professional washers called fullers were the ones who provided the yellow liquid.

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Derrick 5 month s ago
It was uncommon for people to in the gladiatorial games. Training a gladiator took time and money. And the more famous ones were like rockstars. You don't just kill of your property, many were slaves, like that.
Many were also not toned with a six pack like in some movies for precisely that reason. A nice bit of fat gives your opponent something to cut without a kill.
       
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Derrick 5 month s ago
Derrick,

Die in the games*
       
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Dalton 5 month s ago
Derrick. Your information is incredibly faulty. Prisoners of war were collected to massacre in the games. In one instance (I forget who, you can look it up) one of the Ceasars ran out of people to kill so he emptied the first ten or twenty rows of spectators into the arena.
       
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Derrick 5 month s ago
Dalton, Your reading is incredibly faulty. I was not talking about prisoners of war. I was talking about gladiators.
And obviously in the the centuries of gladiatorial games there have been some exceptions and circumstances. But overall, I know what I'm talking about.
       
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Martin 5 month s ago
#1 bathes were also temperature regulated. People first went to a near scalding bath, then into 2 or 3 cooler ones until the bath ritual was done. Water was also changed semi often. It was not like a bunch of filthy people crammed into months old dirty water like it states. That and the washing fountains around the city absolutely reduced sicknesses in many ways.
       
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Martin 5 month s ago
#9 also over exaggerated. They did use urine because of the ammonia, but it was thoroughly washed out with other agents such as natural fragrances and oils.
       
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