Entertainment in Rome was varied and
everywhere. There were plays in open air theaters. There were
festivals, both religious festivals and festivals put on by rich Romans.
There were chariot
races and gladiatorial contests. There were sports contests. And they
were all free.
were also very social. They visited friends, relatives and
neighbors. They met in the baths. They might hold a dinner
party for friends and important people. If you were rich, you might
stay up all night at a party, lit by oil lamps. The poor
couldn't afford the oil for the lamps so they usually went to bed when
it got dark.
- Leisure Time