Rare things about ancient Roman life

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There are many facts about Rome that we probably don’t know. Ancient Roman life holds a mythic place in people’s imagination. Rome was a place of great historical epics like gladiator and Ben Hur, where emperors are fed grapes in reclining chairs and men in golden armor ride chariots. Though the real Ancient Roman life was not something so glamorous. It was not an easy task to get through the daily chores and sanitation back then. It was far more difficult and disgusting than you can ever imagine.

So here we have 12 disgusting facts about Ancient Roman life that will change the way you thought Rome was!

1.Phalluses were considered as a lucky charm for the people of Rome. They use to hang in on doorways as wind chime and women used to wear it as necklaces. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

2.Gladiator blood was used as medicine and was recommended by physicians to cure infertility and epilepsy. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

3.Valeria Messalina, the third wife of Emperor Claudius, once completed with a prostitute to see who could have the most sexual partners in a night. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life
4.Emperor Caligula of Rome often made public appearances in women’s clothing. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

5.Women used to rub the dead skin cells od gladiators on their face. The sweat and skin scrapings of Gladiators were put into a bottle and sold to women as an aphrodisiac. Often, this was worked into a facial cream. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

6.The decadent banquets of wealthy Roman people would last for hours and they induced vomiting in order to continue eating. 

 Facts About Ancient Roman Life

7.Roman people were extremely hygienic. But they didn’t use soap as it was hard to find. In order to clean their body, they used perfumed oil and then scrape it off with a tool called strigil.

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

8.They used to clean their clothes with urine as it contains ammonia. Fullones (dry cleaners) used to collect urine from around the city. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

9.Purple clothing was a status symbol and reserved only for emperors and high-class people. A dye was made from murex seashells to get the required color. It was treason for anyone other than the emperor to use that color in their clothes. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life
10.Charioteers drank an energy drink made of goat dung. This helped them patch up their scraps and wounds. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

11.Roman people shared their sponge after p**ping. The public toilets had a single sponge or stick that was used by dozens of people to wipe themselves and it never gets cleaned. 

Facts About Ancient Roman Life

12.Left-handed people were considered unlucky. 

 Facts About Ancient Roman Life

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