Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

Random Historical Facts: Ancient Rome

Roman soldiers were paid partly in salt, giving rise to the saying, “He’s not worth his salt.” 

Posted 09/01/2010

In ancient Rome marriages did not take place in the month of May because that was the month they honored their dead.

Posted 05/01/2011

There had to be at least 10 witnesses to the ancient Roman marriage ceremony to make it legal.

Posted 06/01/2012

In ancient Rome, women were considered citizens. They could own property, businesses, and had control over their own monies, but they could not run for political office, vote, or represent themselves in a court of law.

Posted 03/01/2013

Gaius Marius, Roman general and seven times consul, created a pension for veterans in the form of an allotment of land to be given to legionaries at the time of their demobilization. He thus gave every legionary a prize to look forward to at the end of his service. 

Posted 11/15/2014

Most marriages in ancient Rome took place in June, in honor of Juno, the goddess of marriage.

Posted 06/01/2016

The ancient Romans built 52,000 miles of roads.

Posted 07/01/2016

In ancient Rome a man running for office would cover his toga with white chalk dust to make it whiter and to symbolize the purity of his reputation.

Posted 11/01/2017

In ancient Rome, consent to the marriage had to be shown by both the bride and groom. One way to show consent was for the future bride and groom to appear in public holding hands.

Posted 06/01/2017

The Colosseum could seat around 50,000 people, whereas the Circus Maximus, which was for chariot racing, could seat up to a quarter of a million people!

Posted 01/01/2019

The Statue of Liberty was inspired by the Roman pagan goddess, Libertas. Libertas is the Roman goddess of freedom, and she represents the freedom of action, freedom from restraint, and also signifies independence, personal rights, along with personal and social liberty.

Posted 07/01/2019

The most famous charioteer in Ancient Rome was Gaius Appuleius Diocles, whose signature move was the strong final dash. Of the 4,257 four-horse races he competed in the 2nd Century AD, he won 1,462 races and placed in an additional 1,438 races (mostly finishing in second place). In the 24 years he raced he earned the staggering sum of 35,863,120 sesterces in prize money, close to today’s equivalent of 15 billion dollars. Though many charioteers died in their mid-twenties, Diocles retired at the age of 42 and was able to buy land near the small town of Praeneste (modern-day Palestrina).

Posted 10/01/2019

The first shopping mall opened in Rome in 113 BCE. Trajan’s Market was so large that it contained over 150 shops and offices.

Posted 12/15/2020