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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Faith)

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.

Dies lustricus – day of purification

Dies lustricus (“day of purification”) was a Roman rite that was carried out for newborns. In the case of girls, it was carried out on the eighth day of birth, and for boys on the ninth.

Roman child

Crucifixion was used in Rome

Crucifixion was an extremely common form of punishment and torture, especially in cases of treason or non-citizenship. When a Roman citizen committed a crime, he was sentenced to exile or fined. A non-citizen, on the other hand, was subjected to the penalty of crucifixion even for minor theft.

A painting by Fyodor Bronnikov showing the crucified insurgents along the Appian road from Rome to Capua

How was Christ crucified?

When most Christians believe that Jesus died on two piles shaped in form of a cross, the truth can be completely different. Early Christians left various accounts.


Pax Deorum

Romans believed that their state was based on the Pax Deorum principle: if the Romans acted in accordance with the divine commands, then the gods acted in their favor. The greatest obstacle for the Romans to maintain this principle were Christians.

Fish on the Roman mosaic

Jews were persecuted in Rome

Usually, after the uprisings of Jews in the Roman Empire, persecution of the Jewish population took place from the part of nations professing the polytheistic faith. Violence appeared not only in Judea, but in other cities in the east, where there were large concentrations of the Jewish minority. Romans and Greeks, in particular, persecuted the Jews; we can not also forget about pagans and late Christians.

Artwork by Radu Oltean ~ Amelianvs

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