Ancient Rome is one of the significant civilizations in human history. During the beginning of the eighth century BC, Rome was established on the banks of the Tiber river located in Central Italy. The Roman wars and various emperors like Caligula and Marcus Aurelius are the famous characters in Roman history. Apart from all this, the lifestyle of Roman citizens was also quite interesting. In this article, we’ll discuss about some surprising facts about ancient Rome and Roman civilization.
Clothing Style Of Ancient Rome
In the ancient period, the Roman clothing style reflects simplicity with comfort. Generally, there were two types of clothing styles such as toga and tunic. The slaves and non-citizens followed the tunic style. Even the Roman citizens also use to follow this style to experience comfort in their private space. The toga was a dressing style that was followed by actual Roman citizens. Roman citizens use to wear clothes related to the Tunic style while moving in public places. Togas were not much comfortable, but it indicates the power and status of the citizens. Togas clothes comprise two different colors which are purple and white. Purple clothing was only followed by the emperors, which reflects the sign of royalty. According to Roman ancient history, wearing purple togas by slaves and citizens is highly punishable, which can even lead to death.
Invention Of The Shopping Malls
Do you know that the ancient Romans were the first to invent shopping malls? In the ancient Roman period, there was almost every kind of shop similar to a shopping mall. During the reign of Trajan, various buildings were constructed between 107 to 110 AD. These buildings consist of decorative items and small shops which comprise of household items. Mostly the small shop consists of fresh fruits and vegetables including alcohol, spices, and oil.
The Cross-Dressing Roman Emperor, Caligula
In the initial months, the Roman empire was happy with their young emperor, Caligula. He was not much popular for his leadership. But actually, he was the significant character in Roman history for his behavior and weird activities. His nature started changing, and even his siblings felt that he has become insane. He also appointed his pet horse to become the consul of the Roman empire. Then things started changing; he was behaving like a female, which was quite shocking. He stopped wearing the purples togas, which should be worn by every emperor. Caligula even asked his guards to use feminine hand signs. He met with an awful death where he was crying due to pain on the streets.
Urine Tax In Ancient Rome
We still don’t understand why should we pay to urinate in public toilets? But in ancient Rome, citizens use to pay a certain tax at public urinals. In simpler words, urine was beneficial for the various purposes in those days. It was recycled for multiple chemical and laundry purposes. Later, emperor Nero and Vespasian imposed the urine tax.