Ancient Roman Faqs

Tiberius Craddock

Writing

Romans did have forms of paper. A quill or pointed stick called stylus was the primary writing utensils. That would be written on papyrus , wood ,or pottery.

Family

Women could not vote ,take play in office , or initiate a divorce. They were held as weaker and less intellect. Fathers had all custody over the children in case of a divorce. Roman kids had toys similar to todays dolls, hoops,mini wagons(cars) and even swings , marbles.

Daddy will not acknowledge baby for first 9-8 days and baby deaths occurred often. So they waited 9-8 days to see if it will live. If the baby lived they set the baby at the dads footsteps on the appropriate day and if the father picked it up they were going to keep it. If he doesn't ,the baby will be left for the elements and to die. Women do some of the same stuff homemakers do today. And as far as baby birth the roman women had some methods to get or not get pregnant.

Roman names are quite different. They have first name, family name, and a last name . We have a first name, middle name , then family name or last name. And we have the same family name for both son and daughter. Romans had same family name somewhat changed for son and daughter.

Clothing- Men and Boys

They wore tunica's over simple undergarments ,sleeveless or t-shirt. Togas were for males only and formal occasions. You were wealthy to own one. Slaves were not aloud to wear a toga. A toga is about 20 feet long and a second person wrapped it around your body into a knot.

Roman boys wore a bulla. A neck chain and round ouch containing protective amulets. Supposed to protect the boys from what may kill them.

Clothing - Women and Boys

Freeborn girls ,girls whose parents aren't slaves wore the same thing as freeborn boys. A toga over a tunic. Combed hair, braided and tied with a single band of wool cloth. On her wedding day Roman women wore a white tunic.

Citations

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  • Family." The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome. Don Nardo. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2002. 153-155. World History in Context. Web. 7 Oct. 2015.
  • Children." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 3: Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2001. 304-305. World History in Context. Web. 7 Oct.2015.
  • Clothing." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 3: Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2001. 268-271. World History in Context. Web. 7 Oct.2015.
  • "The Dress of Roman Women." Arts and Humanities Through the Eras. Ed. Edward I. Bleiberg, et al. Vol. 2: Ancient Greece and Rome 1200 B.C.E.-476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 106-109. World History in Context. Web. 7 Oct. 2015.
  • McManus, Barbara F. "Roman Clothing, Part I." Roman Clothing, Part I. VROMA, Aug. 2003. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.