Weird Facts About Ancient Rome

Weird Facts About Ancient Rome

The Romans had a toilet pantheon. As per the Roman mythology, when the toilet was clogged, you’d pray to the great sewer goddess Venus Cloacina, and when the you were constipated, you’d pray to Crepitus.

Roman statesman Marcus Varro in 36BCE predicted that there are small creatures that cannot be seen with eyes which enter body through mouth and nose causing diseases. However, nobody believed him or the germs for the next 1,900 years.

The ancient Romans used pigs in wars because squealing pigs scared the enemy elephants who fled and trampled their own army.

Julius Caesar left today’s equivalent of $270 for each Roman citizen after his death.

The highest earning athlete of all time was Gaius Appuleius Diocles, the Roman charioteer. When equated to today’s money, he earned about $15 million in prize.

The Roman hour consisted of 45 minutes in winter and 75 minutes in summer to compensate for the change in duration of daylight.

Suicide was not considered illegal in Rome. It was considered as an act of free will and also heroic.

The Romans used to believe that people who had too much sex had lesser eyelashes. As a result, women used to make their eyelashes look long and full to show their chastity.

The time gap between Pyramids of Giza and Rome is more than the time gap between 21st century and Rome.

Mithridates VI of Pontus, the Turkish king captured by the Romans used to drink poison in little amounts to make himself immune to it. He attempted to commit suicide by drinking poison to avoid capture by Romans, but failed to die for his strong immunity to poison.

When the wife of Roman Emperor Nero died, he found a young boy who looked like his wife. He castrated him, dressed him like a woman and took him to public events in place of his wife.

The Roman Pantheon is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, partially because it is dangerous to construct a un-reinforced concrete dome.

The Romans used to eat Sarpa Salpa fish as a party drug. The fish caused severe hallucinations lasting for more than 36 hours.

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