Romans believed it was important to start their day with breakfast.
Lower class Romans would breakfast on
bread with maybe some cheese or olives added. The bread was dipped
in wine to soften it. If a workman was in a hurry or running late they
might stop at a bread shop to grab a loaf to eat on the way. Bread
was so important to Romans that they gave it away free to unemployed
people. This, plus free admission to the gladiatorial contests, gave rise
to the term bread and circuses.
Upper class Romans had a slightly
different breakfast. They might have some type of meat or fish,
fresh fruit or vegetables to go with their bread. They did not
have sugar so they used honey to sweeten their food. They also
ate lying down on couches. Since there was no such thing as
forks, they had slaves to cut their food and clean up afterwards.
There was always a wet towel to wash with after the meal.