Skip to content
Ancient Rome Facts
Ancient Romans celebrated “Saturnalia”, a festival in which slaves and their masters would switch places.
The inhabitants of ancient Rome had a sewer goddess, a toilet god, and a god of excrement.
Ancient Romans used a sponge on a stick to clean themselves after pooping, and shared it with everyone.
Flamingo tongues were a delicacy in ancient Rome.
In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
Nero, the Roman Emperor, married a man, one of his freedmen, taking the role of the bride.
During the 7th century B.C., ancient Roman “vestal virgins” were required to keep their hymens intact as proof of virginity until age 30 or they would be buried alive.
Ancient Rome was eight times more densely populated than modern New York.
Life expectancy in Ancient Rome was from 20 to 30 years.
Urine was used in Ancient Rome to wash clothes.
THE ROMANS used urine to whiten their teeth.
Paris was originally a Roman city called “Lutetia”.
Early Christians were called “atheists” by Romans as they didn’t pay tribute to pagan gods.
Ancient Rome in 150 CE had less income inequality than the U.S. today.
The Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula made his horse a senator.
Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
Women in ancient Rome wore the sweat of Gladiators to improve their beauty and complexion.
At its peak, the Roman Empire comprised only 12% of the world’s population.
Most Romans avoided being cruel to slaves. They used bonuses and branding to improve productivity, just like modern employers.
Roman Gladiators rarely fought to the death or against animals and were considered celebrities of their time.
Two Roman dams in Spain are still in use after 1900 years.
In the 1st century AD, polar bears fought seals in Roman amphitheaters flooded with water.
The Statue Of Liberty Was Inspired By The Roman Pagan Goddess Libertas.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.
Ancient Rome had a 4-story-tall shopping mall with 150 shops and offices.
If Ancient Rome’s Colosseum was built today, it would cost about US$380 million.
In Ancient Rome, the punishment for killing one’s father was the death penalty, consisting of being sewn up in a sack along with a viper, a dog, and a cock.
In Ancient Rome, women would drink turpentine to make their urine smell sweet like roses.
The Salema Porgy is a species of fish that can cause hallucinations when eaten. In Ancient Rome it was consumed as a recreational drug.
The Pyramids of Giza were more ancient to the ancient Romans, than Ancient Rome is ancient to us.
The Roman Empire was not the largest empire in history. It was only the 28th largest.
In 2012, divers discovered a 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that was so well preserved even the food was intact in its storage jars.
Julius Caesar was pronounced ‘YOO-lee-us KYE-sahr’ in ancient Rome.
Ancient Romans ran cold aqueduct water in pipes through their houses in an early form of air conditioning.