If you’re someone who loves to read about history you’re going to be left wide eyed and open mouthed by today’s interesting facts about Ancient Rome…
- It’s thought Rome was founded by two brothers who were raised by a wolf.
- At its peak Rome was home to more than 1 million people.
- The emperor Nero is often blamed for doing nothing as the Great Fire of Rome reduced the city to ruins.
- The 250,000-seater Circus Maximus was home to chariot racing — the most popular sport of the age.
- If you wanted to get ahead of your opponent you could simply ram them off the road and carry on without getting penalised.
- The average life expectancy was typically never more than 30 in any given year because of the large number of women dying during labour.
- In its heyday, the Roman Empire accounted for 90 million people, or 20% of the global population.
- If you measure by surface area alone the Roman Empire was only the 25th biggest in history.
- The Romans and Persians were at war for a staggering 721 years.
- Roman wives were only permitted to appear naked in front of the husbands on their wedding night, and never again after that.
- The emperor Titus flooded the Colosseum in 86 AD and staged a mock sea battle.
- He also ordered bulls to be taught to swim for the crowd’s entertainment.
- Crepitus was the god of the toilet (we’re actually serious about this one folks).
- Romans used their own urine to whiten their teeth and wash their clothes. Lovely…
- Emperors would take a small amount of every known poison on a daily basis to try and make themselves immune to everything.
- The Romans used a sponge on a stick they called a “spongia” because no one had gotten round to inventing toilet paper just yet.
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