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Rome had many interesting and odd practices. For instance, they would place a new born at the feet of the father, if he picked the child up he was accepting the child as his own. If he did not pick up the child it was left to die. To help calm a baby it was thought that putting goat dung in the baby’s diaper would help soothe it to sleep. They had gods for doors, thresholds and hinges. Find out more about Ancient Rome by reading on.

The ColosseumThe Colosseum. The largest amphitheater ever built by the Romans. Located in the center of Rome, the Colosseum is considered as the symbol of Ancient Rome architecture. It is a popular tourist attraction and have lost some of its stones due to earthquakes and stone-robbing thieves.

Colosseum

On opening day of the Colosseum there was over 9,000 animals slaughtered. There was also a covering for the roof that would stretch over the top to keep the spectators in the shade. In the arches under the seats were cooks and prostitutes that were there to service spectators other needs. The Colosseum was so massive it could hold 55,000 people; however the exiting time was only three minutes.

The PantheonA true engineering and architectural marvel: a temple for all gods of the Julian and Claudian gentis, the Pantheon. The engineering success comes from the use of concrete to create the largest dome in the ancient world. The Pantheon still holds the world record for the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, even until this day!

Slaves

Slaves accounts for 40% of the roman population. It was considered extreme poverty to not own a slave. Slaves were either captured during battles, bought from slave sellers, or even abandoned roman babies. Slaves also had their hair removed to make wigs for roman upper class. Slaves were forced to battle in the Colosseum to the death including female slaves.

Circus Maximus (chariot racing stadium) and Aqueduct of Segovia and Pont du GardOther architectural genius: Circus Maximus, achariot racing stadium, Aqueduct of Segovia and Pont du Gard. Aqueducts were important during Ancient Rome as it allows water to be supplied to cities for daily use. It allows Rome to grow and accommodate large amount of people.

Gladiators

Gladiators were forced to battle to the death. They were also forced to battle lions and rhinoceros. To die honorably the defeated gladiator held the thighs of the victor while the victor shoved their sword into the defeated gladiator’s neck. To make sure they were not faking their death they would be touched with a hot iron and smacked with a mallet.

Arch of Titus (triumphal arches) and Tower of Hercules (lighthouse)Other architectures: Arch of Titus (triumphal arches, left) and Tower of Hercules (lighthouse, right).

Random Facts

Many of the roads that ancient Romans built are still in existence today. Forms of contraception included wads of wool, olive oil, and even honey. It was believed that honey bees were a sign of good luck. Eagles were released at the funeral of a emperor in belief the eagle would carry their soul all the way to heaven.

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