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Slavery in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:26:05+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A Roman shepherd, probably a slave (Istanbul, 500s AD) Many Roman people were owned by other people, or by the Roman government, as slaves. Because the Romans didn't really have hourly wage work, or salaried work, as we do now, men and women who didn't own their own land and didn't own businesses of their own were often enslaved. [...]

Baths of Caracalla – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:29:11+00:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Baths of Caracalla Roman emperors often built huge public bath buildings for the people of Rome to enjoy. The largest one, and one that also happens to be very well preserved so we can still see it today, was the one built by the Emperor Caracalla, about 200 AD. When you first came in, you went into a big [...]

Roman baths – water and cleanliness in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:29:10+00:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The big cold swimming pool at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. Roman people usually didn't have hot baths in their houses, because it was too hard to heat up the water. And people who lived in cities had to live in small apartments, often a whole family in one room, and so they didn't [...]