Even for the poor, life in the city was
lively. The ancient Romans enjoyed many
different kinds of entertainment. Plays were performed in large open
air theaters. There were lots of theatres, and even the small ones
could seat 7,000 people.
If ancient Romans wished to go out, there
was always something going on, like the great State festivals including
shows in the theatres, races, and fights in the arenas. These were free
spectacles that citizens could enjoy.
Since most events were free, poor
people could attend as well as the rich. Some events were scheduled
during the day, some were scheduled at night.
If wealthy Romans stayed home, they lit
oil lamps, to enjoy the evening. Wealthy Romans might invite friends
over for a dinner party. The poor, unless they went out, went to bed as
soon as it got dark as they couldn't afford to keep oil lamps
- Leisure Time