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Ancient History

The Life of a Poor Man in Ancient Rome

January 22, 2021

A significant size of the ancient Roman population was poor. The poor people generally had to work as unskilled workers. And, there were many beggars on the street. Yet, the empire provided quite a few cheap or free means of entertainment to them, like the public baths, amphitheaters, or chariot races. […]

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Ancient History

A Poor Roman: Definition and Implications

January 22, 2021

The poor constituted a very sizeable percentage of ancient Rome’s population. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, would have not only been poor but also destitute and homeless. […]

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Ancient History

Ancient Rome: The Challenges of Being a Poor Man

January 22, 2021

The poor, or the plebians, constituted a sizeable percentage of the ancient Roman population. And, to this day, the word plebeian is pejorative, which shows the extent to which the Romans have succeeded in passing along their prejudices. […]

Ancient History

How Marriages Affected Women in Ancient Rome

January 19, 2021

Marriages in ancient Rome were often a contract between two families aiming for political or societal gains. However, marriages, arranged or love, hardly improved the way society viewed women in ancient Rome. […]

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Ancient History

Women in Ancient Roman Society

January 19, 2021

During ancient times, the society viewed women quite poorly. This was especially true for Roman women, who had to face several biases from their male counterparts. […]

Marble statue of a Roman woman
Ancient History

The Other Side of History: The Ideal Roman Woman

January 19, 2021

Very little is known about women who lived in ancient Rome. A respectable woman was expected to keep a low profile and stay away from the general public. Virtues such as modesty and were crucial for a woman. […]

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Ancient History

Roman Soldier: Life in the Army and Beyond

December 31, 2020

The heroic deeds of the Roman army are etched in history. It followed a strict hierarchy and its soldiers enjoyed a lot of benefits, if they survived through their military careers. […]

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Ancient History

Challenging Life of a Roman Soldier

December 31, 2020

A person had to undergo a grueling training of four months to become a Roman soldier. Once trained, a soldier had to obey all the orders of the centurion and fulfill all the responsibilities, including guarding the temporary marching camps. […]

Isolated illustration of a Roman Helmet with a scarlet plume.
Ancient History

Being a Soldier in the Roman Army

December 31, 2020

Roman soldiers helped their generals win crucial battles. Citizens, non-citizens and free subjects who were allied to Rome made up the formidable Roman army. […]

Chains with a lock on the legs of a slave amidst stones. Chains at the ankle. The symbol of slavery
Ancient History

Duties and Life of a Roman Slave

December 30, 2020

The skills and master’s personality traits were very important factors in the life of a Roman slave and how they were treated. Their duties varied based on both their skills and the master’s life. […]

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