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.
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.
The ancient Romans built 52,000 miles of roads.
Most marriages in ancient Rome took place in June, in honor of Juno, the goddess of marriage.
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.
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.
There had to be at least 10 witnesses to the ancient Roman marriage ceremony to make it legal.
In ancient Rome marriages did not take place in the month of May because that was the month they honored their dead.
Roman soldiers were paid partly in salt, giving rise to the saying, “He’s not worth his salt.”
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!