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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Architecture)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Roman skyscrapers

In 1884, the first skyscraper was built in Chicago, USA. It was 42 meters high. Shortly afterwards, the New York World Building exceeded a hundred meters. In both cases, however, it was only an imitation of the ancient Romans. The first skyscrapers grew in ancient Rome. They were insulae, including the most famous of them, the real miracle and singularity of the city – Insula Felicles.

Roman tenement house

Largest construction disaster of ancient Rome

The Romans left behind many wonderful buildings, many of them have survived to this day in a better or worse condition. Amphitheatres, where crowds of people gathered to see gladiatorial battles, enjoyed great popularity among the Romans. Unfortunately, one of them resulted in a huge tragedy as a result of miserliness, which resulted in a number of deaths compared to the losses of Roman legions in the battle of the Teutoburg Forest 9 CE.

The Amphitheater in Pula Croatia

Ancient Roman baths

Nowadays, we associate stays in thermal baths with biological regeneration and that’s basically the end. And how was it in antiquity?

Fyodor Bronnikov, In Roman Baths

Roman public toilets

Public toilets were common in ancient Rome, and the first of them appeared in second century BCE. In time toilets became a place for social gatherings.

Sewer pits - a source of knowledge about the Romans

Invention of round theater

The invention of the round theater is attributed to Scribonius Curio (“the Younger”). Until the times of Caesar, the organizers of the games enjoyed the hospitality of circuses. Then, in 52 or 53 BCE, Curio, supporter of Caesar, decided to build and connect two theaters, because he wanted to combine munus – fights to death – along with a theatrical performance. At that time, the theater consisted of 2 wooden revolving scenes.

Amazing amphitheater of Scribonius Curio

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