6 Interesting Facts about Ancient Rome

In historiography, ancient Rome is Roman civilization from the founding of the Italian city of Rome in the 8th century BC to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, encompassing the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic, and Roman Empire (27 BC–476 AD) until the fall of the western empire. In this article, we will tell you about the 6 most interesting facts about rome.


The Roman Republic


The roman republic was originally supposed to have no ruler. Instead, they had two consuls that ruled together, making the biggest decisions together. The Senate, a group of men elected from important families, made laws. The general assembly, a large group of people also from important families are the ones that elect the senate. Sometimes Rome had dictators, rulers that had absolute power.


Creation of Rome


Romulus and Remus were twins, the sons of a princess and the Roman God Mars. They were left to die by their grandfather in a basket on the river Tiber, but instead were found and rescued by a she-wolf and later adopted by a shepherd. When they discovered with their parents were, they killed their grandfather, king Amulius, and planned to build a new city. They argued, Romulus killed his brother and named Rome after himself.


Saturnalia


Saturnalia was the most popular Roman holiday. It celebrated the God Saturn, God of time and agriculture. This holiday started from December 17th to the 23rd. The Christmas holiday many celebrate today is actually Saturnalia. On this holiday, people had lots of fun, got drunk, had parties, school, and business closed. Everyone decorated their homes, sang, gave gifts, and even swapped roles so the slaves were masters for a day.


Plebs


The citizens of Rome who were not from families descended from the original senate from the time of Romulus were called Plebs and were, unfortunately, not allowed to join the general assembly, work for the government, or make decisions.


Roman Inventions

  • The first newspaper

  • The first bound book

  • The modern calendar

  • Apartments

  • The postal service

  • Grid-based city layouts