Fun Facts about Ancient Rome:
– Concrete was a Roman invention used on many structures such as Pantheon, Colosseum and Roman Forum.
– Rome became the capital city of a unified Italy in 1870 after taking the title from Florence.
– Rome is known as the ‘Eternal city’ and also ‘Caput Mundi’ coming from Latin and meaning capital of the world.
– In Ancient Rome it was common for people to vomit between meals so they could eat more.
– The last gladiatorial fights took place in 435 AD.
– Over 500,000 people lost their lives throughout the duration of the battles at the Colosseum.
– Rome built the first-ever shopping mall between 107 and 110 AD!
– Julius Caesar was the one who introduced the modern 12 month calendar.
– The story says that Caligula made his favorite horse, Incitatus, a consul.
– To bring water to their cities, the clever Romans built aqueducts.
– The Romans believed in gods and goddesses who ruled over different areas of life.
– The Roman army could march up to 40km a day.
– Rome was founded in 753BC by its first king, Romulus.
– Tunics were the most common clothes in Rome.
– The wars between Romans and Persians lasted about 721 years.