1. In the immediate vicinity of the arenas, where the battles of “going to the death” took place, there were always trade tents. There, for quite large for those times money, you could get a drug that replaced the inhabitants of Rome with cosmetics – sweat of gladiators, as well as animal fat. Such an unusual set helped to eliminate wrinkles. 2. Ancient Rome was held in ancient Rome, dedicated to the god Saturn. From other celebrations, he was different in that these days the slaves had the illusion of freedom. They could sit at the same table with their master. It used to happen that even the owner cooked dinner for his slaves. 3. The poets and writers of the “Eternal City” did not give rest to the Emperor Claudius. Therefore they did not miss an opportunity not to make fun of it publicly. The fact is that Claudius always preferred exclusively women and was not seen in relationships with men. At that time it was believed that those who have connections only with the fair sex, he becomes like a woman. 4. Everyone knows that the inhabitants of ancient Rome loved bloody spectacles. But very few people know that the tradition to take the lives of others in the gladiatorial arenas safely migrated to the theatrical stage. Therefore, if according to the scenario the hero should have perished, then he was necessarily killed. Thus, for some actors, the first role became the last. 5. The attitude towards medicine was the most serious. Ancient Aesculapius usually did not forgive mistakes. For example, if during the operation the patient died, the doctor was immediately cut off. 6. Rich Romans lived in large and luxurious mansions. Those wishing to get inside had to knock: either with a special ring or with a wooden beater. Some of the most well-to-do Romans in the yard of the house were slaves on the chain. They replaced the dogs and the “bell”, warning the host about their guests with their cries. 7. In ancient Rome, rich residents instead of napkins and towels during the feast, wiped their hands on the heads of curly children. By the way, they were called “table boys”. Such a “service” was considered very honorable. 8. The Roman Emperor Claudius had a wife named Messalina. Even completely unencumbered by her compatriots, she struck with lust and debauchery. According to the stories of the historians Tacitus and Suetonius, Messalina had even her own brothel. “The First Lady” not only paid for the maintenance costs, but sometimes she served everyone. Once Messalina even arranged a match with another love priestess to find out which of them will serve more clients in the same time. The Emperor’s wife won with a twofold advantage: fifty against twenty-five. 9 . As you know, the occupation of prostitution in ancient Rome was considered an occupation completely normal and legal. Therefore, the priestesses of love did not need to hide their status. Moreover, they did their best to stand out from the crowd. So, for example, only prostitutes could walk around the city in shoes with high heels, which immediately attracted attention. 10. By the way, the spell “abracadabra”, familiar from childhood, came from Rome. It appears in the works of the personal doctor of the Emperor Caracalla, Seren Sammonik. To get rid of any disease or drive away evil spirits, this phrase should be written on the amulet in a column eleven times. 11. In the Roman army there was a special type of execution, which was called decimation (penalty of the tenth). Its meaning was as follows: the guilty squad broke into dozens and each of the soldiers pulled lots. The one who pulled the unfortunate, died at the hands of nine colleagues. 12. It is interesting that, according to tradition, personal names relied only on the first four sons in the family. If they were still, they were called ordinal numbers. For example, Quintus – the fifth or Sextus – the sixth. Over time, these names have become common. 13. During the fighting against a state or tribe, the Romans often resorted to a kind of ritual called “evocation”. Simply put, the soldiers turned to the enemy’s gods and asked them to cross over to the side of Rome. In return, they were promised to worship and respect in every possible way. 14. On the first day of the opening of the Coliseum, about five thousand animals perished on its sands, and fewer people. By the way, according to the estimates of the researchers, more than a hundred gladiators have left their lives on the arena every month. 15. In the Roman Empire, special attention was paid to transport communications. At the time of the state’s death, many roads stretched its territory, the total length of which exceeded fifty-four thousand kilometers.
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