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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Unknown facts)

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.

Where was Nero buried?

We all remember from elementary school the ending of the novel “Quo Vadis?” H. Sienkiewicz, in which he recorded the end of the life of Emperor Nero, based on the account of the ancient historian Suetonius:

Bust of Emperor Nero. The object is located in Rome, in the Capitoline Museums

Expansion and Hellenization of city of Rome

The city of Rome, despite great military successes in the republican times, could not be compared to the powerful and beautiful metropolises of the Mediterranean world, such as Alexandria. To this end, in the 2nd century BCE Intensive construction and modernization works began in the Eternal City. The conquered Greek world had a great influence on these transformations.

Macedonian Perseus surrenders to Paulus

BT KN’NYM – Punic house

The most important building for any civilization, culture or family is undoubtedly the house. Whether it is a snow refuge in the polar regions or tents in African deserts, the house always serves the same function for its users, and allows scientists to learn, at least to a small extent, the everyday life of peoples from the past.

Reconstruction of the Phoenician house

Celts and chariots

The oldest Praceltic name for a war chariot recorded among the Gauls by older ancient Greek authors is reda? a word with a very ancient Proto-Indo-European lineage? a similar one exists in the language of which the Protaindoarian Vedas were written. In the indigenous Iranian language the word riad, meaning driving, has been preserved.

An irish hero who fights on a chariot

Celtic resistance against Caesar

A special role in inciting resistance against the Romans was played by the extraordinary authority of the supernatural “intellectual elite” of the Celts? a network of centres bringing together the Celtic priesthood, a huge confraternity of druids, extending on both sides of the English Channel and maintaining close communication with each other.

Caesar on the march

Alectriomancy – fortune-telling with chickens

The Romans, as a nation famous for their godly fear already in ancient times, tried to run the state as often as possible in accordance with the will of the gods read through the signs of omens. The Quirite people respected birds very much, because it was from their flight that the future and divine intentions were foretold by means of auspices.

A rooster on the Roman mosaic

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