Ten fun facts about Ancient Romans

Fact 1
Ancient Romans belonged to one of the largest empires in the ancient world with an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants and covering 6.5 million square kilometers during its height between the first and second centuries AD.

Fact 2
Ancient Romans contributed greatly to government, politics, engineering, law, art, literature, architecture, technology, language, warfare, religion, and society in the Western world.

Fact 3
Ancient Romans ate ice cream, which was considered as a treat.

Fact 4
Lettuce was served at the end of a meal because Romans believed it helped you sleep.

Fact 5
A civilization highly developed for its time, Ancient Romans professionalized and greatly expanded its military.

Fact 6
Ancient Romans created a system of government called res publica, the inspiration for modern republics such as the United States and France.

Fact 7
They achieved impressive technological and architectural feats, such as the construction of an extensive system of aqueducts and roads, as well as large monuments, palaces, and public facilities.

Fact 8
Poor Romans ate bread, vegetable soup, and porridge. Meat was a luxury, unless they resided in the countryside and could go hunting or fishing.

Fact 9
Rich Romans had food cooked at home in the kitchen by slaves.

Fact 10
Most rich Romans ate a light breakfast, and a snack at midday. They ate dinner in late afternoon, with a starter, a meat course followed by fruit or nuts.

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Short about Ancient Romans
were an Italic civilization that began on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC.

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