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  1. In ancient Rome, commoners would evacuate entire cities in acts of revolt called "Secessions of the Plebeians", leaving the elite in the cities to fend for themselves

  2. Black people in ancient Rome were not discriminated against because of their skin colour or physical features. They were not excluded from any profession and there was no stigma against mixed race relationships. Classical writers did not attach social status or degree of humanity to skin colour.

  3. The practice of pouring of a liquid in memory of those who have "passed on" was common in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. "Pouring one out for the homies" is a custom over 3,000 years old!

  4. The ancient Romans built statues of Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps and almost conquered the city, in Rome itself to advertise their defeat of such a worthy adversary

  5. Ridley Scott tried to make Gladiator (2000) an authentic representation of Ancient Rome. An early script had Maximus doing a product endorsement for olive oil, which was historically accurate for famous gladiators to do, but the detail was left out in later scripts for being too unbelievable.

  6. Gladiators in Ancient Rome used to carry product placements out in the arena; This was present in an early script for Gladiator (2000), but was removed out of fears that it would be viewed as anachronistic

  7. ~2500 years before Ancient Rome, the Indus Valley Civilization had public baths, personal toilets, and a widespread system of brick and terracotta drainage ducts and the first instances of plumbing and in the ancient world.

  8. The term ''Nickelodeon'' was used for early movie theaters that cost 5¢ to enter. An ''odeon'' was any building used for live entertainment in ancient Greece and Rome.

  9. A furious riot that killed upwards of thirty thousand people in ancient Rome was started when a Roman soldier bared his rear and farted toward an audience of Jews celebrating Passover. This is also considered by many to be the first recorded "mooning".

  10. In Ancient Rome, the working class would evacuate entire cities in acts of revolt called "Secessions of the Plebeians." After leaving the elite to fend for themselves, commercial transactions would stop, and workshops would have to close.

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Making a purple pigment used to dye clothes for royalty in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome involved harvesting the pigment from rotting snails. The stench was so bad that Jewish law specifically granted women the right to divorce any husband who became a dyer after marrying.

Ancient Rome had no concept of a limited-liability corporation, so entrepreneurs got around it by appointing a slave as the CEO. A master was not legally liable for a slave's debts, so this allowed the owner to control the company while avoiding personal liability in case of bankruptcy.

Claudius, a roman from a noble family, had severe disabilities and survived the assassination of his family because nobody thought he was a threat. Claudius became the Emperor after the death of Caligula, began the conquest of Britain, and is widely regarded as a great ruler of Ancient Rome

Ancient Romans would dye their hair black, because blonde hair was associated with prostitutes or French and German slaves. This trend began declining when Augustus Caesar, who was blonde, became Rome's first emperor.

Ancient Greeks invented the modern shower using piped water. Rich and poor used large locker-room showers with bars to hang up clothing. Ancient Romans did the same, bringing showers to as far as England. The systems and habits of bathing every day disappeared after the fall of Rome.

In Ancient Rome a slave would continuously whisper 'Remember you are mortal' in the ears of victorious generals as they were paraded through the streets after coming home, triumphant, from battle.

Take-out restaurants existed in ancient Rome, with service counters opening onto the street to pick up food. More than 200 existed in Pompeii, and most of its homes lacked dining or kitchen areas, suggesting that cooking at home was unusual.

The Pyramids of Giza were more ancient to the ancient Romans, than Rome is ancient to us.

A comment on Reddit about the US Army traveling back in time to ancient Rome with current military tech is being made into a movie by Warner Bros.

In Ancient Rome, flaming war pigs were used to counter war elephants. The siege of Megara in 266 BC was broken when Megarians doused pigs in pitch, set them alight and drove them towards the enemy's massed war elephants. The elephants bolted in terror, killing a large number of soldiers.

In Rome, the ancient temple where Julius Caesar was murdered is now a sanctuary for hundreds of cats

In ancient Rome 1 pound of Tyrian purple dye cost 3 pounds of gold because it took 10,000 shellfish to produce 1 gram of it.

In Ancient Rome, women used opium-soaked tampons to relieve pain

Doctors in Ancient Rome used an early form of electrotherapy to successfully treat neurological conditions such as epilepsy and migraines. They administered the charges by placing electric torpedo fish on the patient's head.

Toilets in ancient Rome were bad enough to warrant prayers to the Gods of fortune written on the walls. Problems included bursts of flame from the methane buildup, and biting creatures emerging from below.

'Julius Caeser' was pronounced 'YOO-lee-us KYE-sahr' in ancient Rome

In ancient Rome, Bull Mastiffs in battle were treated the same as men. They wore armor and fought and died side by side with soldiers.

Rome has an artificial hill consisting of 80 million ancient, used, olive oil amphorae. Monte Testaccio was in use by the Romans from 140 to 250 AD for disposing of these terracotta pots.

In ancient Rome, famous gladiators endorsed products just like modern athletes do. Some of these endorsements have survived in ancient frescoes. The makers of the film Gladiator downplayed this historical angle on the assumption that modern audiences would not believe it.

Petra in Jordan had a more efficient and advanced water system than ancient Rome and could support 40,000 people in the desert.

The Forma Urbis Romae. A massive 60' x 43' map of ancient Rome from the 3rd century, showing details down to the stairs in apartment buildings. Its rediscovery caused much shock at just how massive ancient Rome was, inspiring many designers.

Ancient Rome was the first jurisdiction where euthanasia was allowed. Citizens could apply to the Senate and get free poison.

Politicians in ancient Rome kept slaves named "nomenclators", whose sole job was to remind their masters of the names and pertinent details of all the different people they met.

If your partner committed adultery in Ancient Rome, you could legally sodomise the adulterer with radishes - with an audience if desired

20 sided dice were used in the ancient world. Examples of the dice have been found from Ancient Greece, Rome, and even Egypt.