we don't know:
In spite of the many inscriptions and
other pieces of the past scholars have labored to put together for us,
we still don't know much about ancient Roman daily life.
We still don't know whether the ancient
Romans had wastebaskets, or how common cats were, or whether
anyone kept a dog indoors.
know they had temples, but what did they do in there? It will be
interesting to see what scholars discover as they continue to
find inscriptions, and to put pieces of the past together!
we do know:
We know quite a bit about Roman
government, which was famous for power and law, and a great deal
about Roman religion with its many Roman gods and
We know that Rome grew from an important city
into a huge, crowded, noisy, smoky, dusty city, with beautiful
temples and public buildings. The rich had gracious homes, each
with an entrance atrium, which was the center of family life.
For those who were not quite as rich, there were apartment
buildings, some quite nice ones, and there were shabby tenements
for the poor. Narrow streets wound between the seven hills.
We know some people
walked around Rome. Some were carried in covered litters, with
curtained couches carried on poles by slaves. Soldiers strode
though town in chain mail or leather armor. Workmen hurried in
belted tunics of dark wool. Before daylight, boys hurried to
school. Later in the day, Roman citizens strolled around town in
white wool tunics. Shops lined the streets.
We know that,
down in the
Forum, courts were in session, and the great Senate orators met