Entertainment and Spectacles in Ancient Rome for Kids Illustration


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.

Romans 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.

Entertainment - Leisure Time

The Baths

The Colosseum


The Circus Maximus

Roman Theatre

The Campus

Roman Weddings

Festivals & Holidays

The Forum

Boardgames and Ball Games

Dinner Parties

What did Romans like to do in their spare time?