The Romans

Articles on the culture, history, and peoples of ancient Rome


The Romans – The Roman Army

The Romans – The Roman Army

The Romans managed to conquer so many countries because they had such a good army. The Emperor used the army to protect Rome and to control the people it had conquered. Some soldiers were away from their families for long periods of time When a soldier had served in...
The Romans – Slaves

The Romans – Slaves

A slave’s life was hard. Slaves were usually prisoners captured in war, but some were people who had been kidnapped in Italy. Slaves were sold at a slave-market. They were put on show, naked, with a notice around their necks. anyone who had enough money could...
The Romans – Entertainment

The Romans – Entertainment

What did the Romans do for fun? You might find them in the amphitheatre, the hippodrome or the theatre. The Amphitheatre The Colosseum in Rome could seat up to 50,000 people and was the largest amphitheatre in the Empire. It was here that people gathered to see...
The Romans – Children’s Games

The Romans – Children’s Games

For more information on counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.     Children from poor Roman families had to work hard, but they still found some time to...
The Romans – The Bath House

The Romans – The Bath House

The Romans were concerned about health and cleanliness. A network of pipes brought clean water into the city of Rome and removed waste. The public bath house was the place where people went to socialise and do business as well as getting clean. The picture, above,...
The Romans – Religion

The Romans – Religion

The Romans were very superstitious. They believed that good or bad luck was given by the gods – if the gods were happy then you would have good luck but if they were unhappy then your luck would be bad. There were many different gods and each of them looked after...
The Romans – Education

The Romans – Education

The only children to receive a formal education were the children of the rich. The very rich families employed a private tutor to teach their children. Those that could not afford to do this used either slaves or sent their children to a private school. Children of...

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The Romans – Roman Numerals

The Romans – Roman Numerals

 The Roman system of numbers was made up of just seven letters. We still use Roman Numerals today, they are most often seen on clock or watch faces. The table below shows how the letters are combined to make numbers.   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I II III IV V VI...
The Romans – Gladiators

The Romans – Gladiators

It is believed that the first gladiators were slaves who were made to fight to the death at the funeral of Junius Brutus Pera. The spectacle was arranged by the dead man’s relatives to honour his death. The tradition was copied at other funerals and then became...

The Romans – Housing

There were big differences between the housing of the rich and the poor in Roman times. Poor Romans lived in insulae. An insulae consisted of six to eight three-storey apartment blocks, grouped around a central courtyard. The ground floors were used by shops and...
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