Ancient Roman FAQs

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Writing

Did the Romans have paper? No they did not. The Romans have a rough course woven plants called papyrus. What did the Romans use to write? The Romans used a feather called a quill and dipped it into a pot of ink

Family

How was a Roman family different from a modern family? The father was the ruler of the house. The children belonged to the father, not the mother, so after a divorce, the father took the children and the mother doesn't get custody. What did roman parents that was different from modern parents? the children were born at home. when the child is born the father has the power to choose if the newborn is reared or exposed. Are roman names different from modern names? if so, how? Roman children had the fathers names, and women didn't have a praenomen

Clothing - Men's and boy's

How did roman men and boys dress? roman men, depending on how wealthy they are, wore a toga over a tunica. Did ancient roman boys wear jewlery? Ancient roman boys sometimes wore small golden rings

Clothing - Women's and girl's

How did roman women dress? Women and girls wore dresses and peplos. On certain occasions, they wore togas

Citations

"Names, Roman System of." Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. Carroll Moulton. Vol. 3. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. 66-67. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.


"Family." The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome. Don Nardo. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2002. 153-155. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.

"Roman Clothing." Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages. Ed. Sara Pendergast, et al. 2nd ed. Vol. 1: The Ancient World. Detroit: UXL, 2013. 157-174. World History in Context. Web. 6 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. 6 Oct. 2015.