Facts About Ancient Rome
1. Ancient Romans celebrated "Saturnalia", a festival in which slaves and their masters would switch places.
2. The inhabitants of ancient Rome had a sewer goddess, a toilet god, and a god of excrement.
3. Ancient Romans used a sponge with a stick to clean themselves after pooping, and shared it with everyone.
4. Flamingo tongues were a delicacy in ancient Rome.
5. In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
6. Nero, the Roman Emperor, married a man, one of his freedmen, taking the role of the bride.
7. 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.
8. Ancient Rome was eight times more densely populated than modern New York.
9. Life expectancy in Ancient Rome was from 20 to 30 years.
10. Urine was used in Ancient Rome to wash clothes.
11. THE ROMANS used urine to whiten their teeth.
12. Paris was originally a Roman city called "Lutetia".
13. Early Christians were called "atheists" by Romans as they didn't pay tribute to pagan gods.
14. The Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula made his horse a senator.
15. Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
16. Women in ancient Rome wore the sweat of Gladiators to improve their beauty and complexion.
17. At its peak, the Roman Empire comprised only 12% of the world's population.
18. Most Romans avoided being cruel to slaves. They used bonuses and branding to improve productivity, just like modern employers.