Ten Facts about Ancient Romans

rome460The Roman empire was one of the largest and most powerful empires of the ancient world which shaped european cultue, language, religion, and politics for centuries.

  1.  Romans thought the early Christians were practicing cannibalism when they heard about them eating bread and wine as symbolic representations of the body and blood of Christ.
  2. Left-handed people were considered unlucky.
  3. To bring water to their cities, the clever Romans built aqueducts – a system of channels and bridges – to transport water for public baths and toilets!
  4. Roman legend says that Romulus had a twin brother called Remus. As babies they were abandoned in the area which laster became Rome. A she-wolf found and raised them, but when they grew up, Romulus fought and killed Remus and became the first ruler of Rome!
  5. They Invented The Shopping Mall.
  6. Some Romans liked to eat snails fattened on milk, peacocks’ brains and flamingos’ tongues.
  7. Nero’s reign had many memorable moments, including killing his mother Agrippina and his wife Octavia. When he died, he said, “What an artist I die!”
  8. Ancient Romans believed that seeing an owl was a bad omen, sniffing cyclamen flowers would prevent baldness, and ringing bells eased the pain of childbirth. The presence of bees, which were considered sacred messengers of the gods, were seen as a sign of good luck.
  9. Romans invented central heating and would warm rooms from under the floor.
  10. After the fall of Rome, Latin continued in a variety of dialects which later developed into the Romance languages such as Portuguese, Romanian, Italian, French, and Spanish. Though not directly related, Latin has also significantly influenced English.