What was daily life like in Rome?
Despite the many manuscripts, letters,
speeches and inscriptions we have found, there are many things about
daily life in Rome we don't know. We really don't know what the Romans
did with trash around the house. Did they just throw it
outside, or did they have trash people to pick it up? Were cats
pets or just used to catch rodents (rats and mice)? These and
many other questions still remain to be answered.
We do know, however, a lot about
how Rome was governed. We know a lot about Roman gods.
We know quite a bit about some of its famous emperors and
generals. We know how Rome grew from a small farming village
to a huge crowded, busy city where the rich had large homes with
slaves to take care of them and the poor lived in tenement
apartments with free food from the government. We know how
people dressed and mostly what they did for jobs. We know
quite a bit about the Roman legions and how they fought. And
we know some of what Romans did during the day such as school,
work, siesta, visiting the baths and the marketplace in the