Daily Life In Rome
by Zach Aumage
4/29/99

























Roman life was very interesting. The Romans had one of the best
cultures. They lived in the best city of their time. In the following you
will learn about the daily life of Romans including: Rome, Looks, Children,
The house, and Romans Activities.

The city all Romans lived in was of course Rome. Rome was a very
fast growing civilized city. Living in Rome was crowded and busy. There
was a ten mile circumference of the city. Because Rome grew quickly
past its ten mile line, anyone who lived beyond it had to take care of the
road in front of his house.
“At birth you are put at you fathers feet for him to accept or
reject.”(Jonston 156) If you were rejected you were either sold into slavery
or put in a place where people would find you. If you were accepted you
stayed with your parents. On your ninth day of existence you were
purified, given gifts, and had a sacrifice given in your favor. A Roman
child’s first form of education is from the child’s parents. Later there is
an elementary type of education where you learn to read write and know
your numbers. Then there is a high school equivalent for some. Few
people had higher education but it was available. School was only until
noon.
The house is the most important possession for most people. The
Roman house was clean and orderly, your slaves cleaned it every day. All
of your meals are served to you in your house. The Roman houses were
made of rock with tile roof. Those are not very interesting colors, so
people would make the house more beautiful with flowers or paintings.
Most houses did have those things and some had intricate tiles or
widows. The rich persons home would have many people in it because
they would have many children and slaves. To house all these people
there had to be many rooms. There could be many bedrooms,
workshops, kitchens, closets and latrines. Poor people had one room
houses with dirt floors. To bring water in the home you could have a
hole in the ceiling that catches rain or in rich peoples cased you could
have direct aqueduct access. (Jonston 89)
The Roman people have been described as very attractive. They
were muscular and fit. The clothes the men wore were a toga, a tunic
and shoes. Women would wear a stole, a tunic, and shoes. The Roman
man had long shaggy hair and a long beard before 146BC. After 146BC
Men would have well trimmed hair and clean shaven faces.(Quennel 219)
Women would have long hair. They could occasionally dye or tease your
hair. Sometimes you would wear. Outside workers would always wear a
hat called a pilleu.
If you traveled you would wear a hat called a petasus. Romans were
darker than Americans. If you worked outside you would be darker and if
you worked inside you would be lighter. When it rained you would pull
your toga up over your head for protection. Children would have
shoulder length hair.
The activities that Romans did during the day were various. The
Roman day started at the rising of the sun. When you got up your slaves
already were cleaning the house. You would eat a small breakfast and go
about your day. The were accompanied to school, the master of the
house would go to work and the masters wife would start her daily
errands. At noon every one came home and ate a small lunch. When
they were done they took a two hour nap. After your nap you would not
go back to work or school, the afternoon was yours. You could go to a
gladiator fight or a chariot race in a coliseum, or go to a bath. Baths
were public places to relax. Men had male baths and women had female
baths. In the evening you would eat your last meal and be off to bed
because there was no way to light the house efficiently.
A major daily activity was going to baths. “Many women and men
would go to baths, some baths were just for women and some were just
for men.”(Jonston p. 137) Inside the bath house there was a tub for hot
water and a tub for cold water. These are the steps of going to a bath:
first you pass through the frigidarium (cold tub) then you go to the
changing room where you take off all your cloths and give your valuables
to the attendant. Lastly you