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3 Minutes in the Roman Empire

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Two thousand years ago, in the land surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, there was a vast empire: theRoman Empire. In this Empire were grand cities, magnificent buildings and riches of every kind. Rich emperors lived in palaces and beggars lived on the street. Long roads connected all the cities of the Empire and all roads led to the capital, the grandest city in the world: All roads led to Rome. So let’s step back in time to see what life was like in that ancient city.

A day spent in Ancient Rome would be a very full day, and it would start at sunrise. In these days before electrical lights it was necessary to get everything done while the sun was shining. That meant giving an early start to every day. Since the weather in Rome was warm most of the year, and since they were out when the warm sun was shining Romans wore garments called tunics that left their legs bare. Most Romans had only one outfit that they wore every day and it was rarely washed. The wealthy, on the other hand, were dragging pieces of fabric called togas over their tunics, and the most important Roman citizens wore togas with a bold colorful stripe to make them stand out in the crowd. Finishing off the Roman outfit were sandals made of leather, not too different from the shoes of today.

Roman homes were variations of a myriad concepts as well. Very few people had houses of their own, but those who did lived in houses that were built around beautiful courtyards that may have even had swimming pools. Most people however lived in small apartment buildings that were made mostly of wood.

For fear of fire residents did not cook inside. They bought food already prepared, usually no more than soup and bread. Some people sat at tables, but most ate sitting on the floor. Meal time in the homes of the wealthy was a different story. They had large feasts and were served as they reclined on couches. 


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