Romans in Their Daily Lives

By: Josh Brody

ROME- In Rome the citizens all lead different lives.  Whether it's what they eat, how the dress, or what they do in work, it all goes a different way.

Draculus Sparticamus, a lower class Roman citizen states, "(I) think that the start of the day for the lower class is unfair because it is much more rushed than the upper class, but what can (you) do."  The lower class citizens start their day with breakfast.  80% of the lower class citizens interviewed said that they eat bread, cheese, and olives for their morning meal.  To soften the bread, they dip it in wine.  While in a rush, some workers stop by their local bakery and eat a whole loaf on the way to work.  The upper class citizens have their breakfast in a different way.

To start the day, upper class citizens eat meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and bread.  95% of the upper class citizens interviewed said that they enjoy laying down on the couch while eating.  Their food is usually cut by servants or slaves that they own.  After every meal the Romans wash their hands.  

The Romans daily lives include farming, serving in the military, being an entertainer, and more.  The farmers most common crop is wheat.  Serving in the military is a job that lower class citizens do, because they get paid regular wage.  Being an entertainer in Rome can mean different types of jobs.  Their are musicians, dancers, actors, chariot racers, and gladiators.

Many children start school at the age of 7.  The children of the upper class are taught by a full time tutor, while the lower class children go to public schools.  The only way upper class girls can go to school is by being tutored.

The upper and lower class citizens of Rome also dress differently.  Upper class citizens wear white togas made from wool or linen.  Different colored togas have different meanings.  The poor citizens wear long shirts called tunics.

Roman soldiers march to battle
A typical school day in Rome


Agrippa (63 B.C.- 12 B.C.) Was a Roman general and a very close friend to the emperor, Agustus.   Agrippa was also elected governor of Syria.  He defeated the forces of Mark Anthony and Clepatra.  Agrippa died today in at the age of 51.

Julius Caeser (100 B.C.- 44 B.C.) Expanded the Roman Republic.  Although he declared himself dictator for life, many other people thought him this way, too. Political rivals grew jealous and tired of him, and murdered him on the stairs of the senate.  Caeser will be remembered as one of the greatest military minds in history.

Nero (37 A.D.- 68 A.D.) was born the nephew of the emperor.  He took the throne at age 17 and ruled until death.  When the empire began to revolt in 68 A.D, he committed suicide.  Nero died at the age of 31.

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