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How well do you know world of ancient Romans? [QUIZ]

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Roman amphitheater in Pompeii
Roman amphitheater in Pompeii

The world of ancient Romans arouses great interest to this day. The history and culture of the Romans is well known to historians. The question is how well do you know the history of ancient Rome? Test yourself with the Romans in quiz.

  1. What was the velarium used for in Roman amphitheaters?
    1. It was the material that was spread over the stands on hot days.
    2. A type of gladiator fighting in an arena.
    3. One of the entrances to the arena.
  2. What was urine used for in ancient Rome?
    1. Urine was added to dishes because its “unusual” flavor was appreciated.
    2. Urine was used to tan leather and bleach fabrics.
    3. Urine was dripped into the eyes for vision problems.
  3. Veni, vidi, vici – what did these famous words of Caesar mean?
    1. I came, I saw, I conquered.
    2. I came, I found, I returned
    3. I came, I conquered, I returned
  4. Vespasian is the emperor of Rome, famous for introducing an unusual tax. What did he introduce a tax on?
    1. Tax on actors. The emperor had an extreme contempt for actors and wanted to make their lives miserable in this way.
    2. Tax on mules and other draft animals. The high degree of dirtiness of the cities meant that the emperor decided to impose the duty of taking care of animals and their droppings in the city on the owners.
    3. Urine tax. Urine collected in public toilets was sold en masse in the market for many sectors; the purchaser of urine was required to pay tax on urine.
  5. What color in the Roman Empire was highly valued and reserved for the ruler and high-ranking people?
    1. Purple
    2. Yellow
    3. Green
  6. What was the vomitorium in ancient Rome?
    1. A room specially designated by the ancient Romans for emptying the stomach during banquets.
    2. It was one of the favorite dishes of the rich Romans, which consisted of acorns and bread.
    3. Exit in an amphitheater or stadium, allowing the crowd to leave the building quickly.
  7. What did Cato the Elder’s famous words mean at the end of his Senate speech – Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam…?
    1. Besides, I think Carthage should be helped…
    2. Besides, I think Carthage must be destroyed…
    3. And besides, I think Carthage is our ally…
  8. Ancient Romans were known as outstanding engineers and builders. What was the famous hypocaustum?
    1. It was a special system to draw wild animals into the arena.
    2. It was a type of architectural arch first used in the construction of the Colosseum.
    3. It was a system of floor heating and central heating, which was used in thermal baths and private villas.
  9. Which Roman empress became famous in Roman sources as a nymphomaniac and competed with professional prostitutes as to how many partners she could have in one night?
    1. Domitia Longina, wife of Domitian
    2. Messalina, wife of Claudius
    3. Livia, wife of Octavian August
  10. How many and what exactly were the teams in the chariot races – one of the most popular spectacles of the ancient Romans?
    1. Two: red and black
    2. Three: red, white and blue
    3. Four: red, green, white and blue

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