- The Ancient Rome civilization began on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC.
- At its peak, the Roman Empire comprised only 12% of the world's population.
- Urine was used in Ancient Rome to wash clothes.
- The Romans used urine to whiten their teeth.
- was originally
- a Roman city
- called "Lutetia".
- Early Christians were called "atheists" by Romans as they didn't pay tribute to pagan gods.
- Ancient Rome in 150 CE had less income inequality than the U.S. today.
- Ancient Greeks and Romans often bought slaves with salt.
- Ancient Romans used a sponge on a stick to clean themselves after pooping, and shared it with everyone.
- Most Romans avoided being cruel to slaves. They used bonuses and branding to improve productivity, just like modern employers.
- Two Roman dams
- are still in use
- after 1900 years.
- After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.
- Ancient Rome had a 4-story-tall shopping mall with 150 shops and offices.
- The Pyramids of Giza were more ancient to the ancient Romans, than Ancient Rome is ancient to us.
- Flamingo tongues were a delicacy in ancient Rome.
- Julius Caesar was pronounced 'YOO-lee-us KYE-sahr' in ancient Rome.
- Nero, the Roman Emperor,
- married a man,
- taking the role of the bride.
- In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
- Classical Greek culture, which flourished during the 5th to 4th centuries BC, had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire and provided the foundation of modern Western culture.
- Roman charioteers earned far more than even the best-paid footballers and international sports stars of today, according to academic research.
- Cincinnati is named after Cincinnatus, a ruler of the Roman Empire who saved Rome from crisis and then retired to his farm rather than rule.
- By the fifth century AD, Rome had around 900 public baths.
- When Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates, he demanded they increase his ransom.