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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.

Roman deadlift

It is said that the ancient Greeks and Romans practised the deadlift (deadlift). Lifting a weight from the ground is the oldest “utility” movement and has been proven to be the most powerful for centuries. Heavy stones were grabbed and lifted off the ground.

Ancient battlefield

Nomenclature of discovered buildings in Pompeii

Pompeii is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the history of mankind. A well-preserved ancient city, with the remains of people who did not manage to beat the destructive power of Vesuvius in 79 CE. However, what gives us the most information about the life of those times are the preserved artefacts and buildings.

Reconstruction of the garden in the Vettii house in Pompeii

Menenius Agrippa’s fable

In 494 BCE there was a so-called first plebeian secession, which was a rebellion against the patrician rule in Rome. To convince the crowd to stop the rebellion, the ruling class sent a special emissary. It was a certain Menenius Agrippaconsul for 503 BCE – who was friendly with the masses.

Secessio plebis on Mons Sacer

Argentarii – Roman bankers

Roman bankers appeared in the 3rd century BCE. Initially, they were called trapezitai in Greek, but then the Latin name argentarii came into use.

Roman balance weights

Feast of twelve gods

Octavian Augustus was to organize the so-called feast of the twelve gods, i.e. a feast where each guest was dressed as a deity. The emperor chose the figure of Apollo for himself. The people of Rome did not like it for two reasons – such games were considered to arouse the wrath of God, and second – there was a great famine in the city at the time. People even said that “the gods had eaten all the grain”.

Octavian Augustus

Nero was famous for his love of luxury

Emperor Nero was famous for his licentiousness and love of luxury. One of his ideas was to commission the construction of the famous “Golden House” (the so-called Domus Aurea). This investment was met with huge objections and unpopularity from the Romans, mainly due to the high costs associated with, among others, the shocking splendour of the decor. Due to this state of affairs, the project was probably never completed.


Carthaginians in South America?

Roman sources say that during the Second Punic War, when the Romans besieged Carthage, part of the Carthaginian ships broke the sea blockade of the Romans and sailed towards the Pillars of Heracles. They were never seen again after that. Following them, the Romans sent seven ships of Scipio Aemilianus and the geographer Polybius.

J. M. W. Turner, Dido building Carthage

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