20 facts about Romans that you must know

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1 During Romans, Circus Maximus was the most popular entertainment which attracted more than 250,000 at a time.

2 Romans invented the sewer system similar to what we use today with everything being underground

3 In the 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler impaled 20,000 Ottoman Turks on long, sharp poles on the banks of the Danube

4 The Roman Emperor Commodus made the disabled and little people to fight each other to the death with meat cleavers in the Colosseum

5 The Romans had invaded England and ruled over England for 400 years. In 410, the Romans left England because their homes in Italy were being attacked by fierce tribes and every soldier was needed.

6 Romans liked watching people killing other people – on one morning alone, 10,000 people were killed in Rome’s Coliseum just for fun

7 As many believe, the Roman empire wasn't the largest empire in history. It was only the 28th largest!


8 Longest conflict in human history lasted 721 years between the Romans and Persians


9 Ancient Romans celebrated "Saturnalia", a festival in which slaves and their masters would exchange roles

10 The Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula made his horse Incitatus a senator and gave him an ivory manger, a jewelled collar and even a house.

11 Early Christians were called "atheists" by Romans as they didn't pay tribute to pagan gods.


12 The Romans were the first civilization to introduce a public health system.


13 Roman Emperor Nero died at the age of 30 by stabbing himself in the neck.


14 Roman Emperor Elagabalus entered Rome as emperor upon a chariot drawn by fifty naked slaves.


15 Roman Emperor Elagabalus, enjoyed prostituting himself in the taverns and brothels of Rome.


16 During the Romans, the capital of France was Lyon. Paris became the capital of France only in 508 under King Clovis.

17 The African Atlas Bear was hunted into extinction due to the Roman's demand for animals for gladiatorial events.

18 Caesar could not marry Cleopatra VII due to the roman laws that only allowed marriages between two roman citizens.

19 Ancient Romans used urine to wash clothes and brush their teeth.

20 During Romans, killing one's father was punished by being sewn up in a sack along with a
viper, a dog, and a cock.

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