Interesting facts about the inhabitants of Ancient Rome

The position of "dining boy" was very honorable in ancient Rome. This was the name given to children with lush hair who were present during the feasts of the noble Romans. Their hair was replaced by napkins and towels - they wiped their hands on them.

State criminals in ancient Rome could even be punished posthumously, and in an unusual way. If after the death of an official it turned out that he was involved in corruption, then everything that at least somehow reminded of this person was destroyed - statues, a tombstone and even a mention in documents.

Medicine at that time was not only an honorable, but also a dangerous occupation. The responsibility on the doctors was enormous. If the patient died during the operation, then the doctor was punished by chopping off his hand. However, many historians question this fact, arguing that Rome could be left without doctors at all. Such a punishment, in their opinion, could only be applied in the event of the death of an important person.

Energy drinks that increase human endurance have been used by gladiators since that distant time. Especially popular was a drink made from ash extract, which strengthens bones. Archaeologists, in fact, found an increased calcium content in the remains of gladiators. This infusion tasted very bitter, but helped to recover from injuries in the arena. By the way, Roman doctors assured that it is useful to drink the blood of gladiators for infertility and epilepsy.

And the gladiator fights themselves, contrary to popular belief, did not appear in Rome, but were borrowed from the Greeks, where prisoners or mercenaries were used as fighters, wishing to make money in this way.

Schools in ancient Rome were attended only by boys, girls were educated at home. For the slightest offense, the students were severely punished. Moreover, the student could receive the first portion of the punishment, having barely crossed the threshold of the school - for being late. After all, the school day began at dawn.

Public baths were very popular in Rome. They gathered not only to wash, but also to share news. Baths often even contained libraries and exercise rooms. Natural thermal springs were used to heat the baths. Hence the name of the Roman baths - thermae.

Special venues were set up on the streets of Rome, where any free citizen could speak on matters of religion, politics and other important topics. True, if the audience was unhappy with the speaker's speech, he could be pelted with rotten vegetables and fruits.

Left-handers in ancient Rome were considered "sinister" people prone to witchcraft and theft. The society treated them with distrust, according to the Romans, left-handers were the distributors of disasters and misfortunes.

Lead was widely used in ancient Rome - water pipes were made from it, dishes were made, and used in construction. The Romans were sure that if the wine was stored in lead vessels, the taste would be much better. But they had no idea about the toxicity of this metal. Lead accumulated in the body, significantly shortening the life of the townspeople.