1. The Roman Breathalyser
Roman spouses kissed their wives on the mouth at the end of the day. But, instead of doing it to show their unconditional love they were checking their partner’s breath to see if they had been sitting around drinking all day. This practise still exists today in Liverpool.
2. Ancient Celebrities
Gladiators and chariot racers had fans just like modern day footballers. If they were around now they’d be plastering themselves all over Instagram in gym king vests with #moreplatesmoredates hashtags and flogging bottles of water on their Instagram stories.
3. The Egghead Emperor
Julius Caesar hated going bald so much he made it illegal for anyone to stand above him and look down. If you looked down at his bald patch you could be put to death. Calm down, baldy!
4. What does SPQR mean?
The symbol SPQR, which is found all over the city of Rome, stands for “Senatus Populusque Romanus” which means, “The senate and the people of Rome”.
5. The First Mall in Rome
The Roman Emperor Trajan built the first ever shopping mall. It contained multiple levels and over 150 outlets that sold everything ranging from food to clothes.