Ancient Roman FAQ's

Egnatius Goodwin

Roman Writing

Roman writing was expensive. Information had to be sent and received in order to function and survive. Writing was also very important in order to preserve and record Roman history and information. Romans didn't have paper so they used a material called papyrus. Its a material similar to paper made from the papyrus plant it was a reed which grew along the Nile river. The Romans often used a quill dipped in ink as there primary writing tool.

Roman Family

Roman families all seemed to be nuclear consisting of a father mother and there children and there slaves. The head of the home was always the eldest male it was the father or even the grandfather Unlike Roman families today most families are blended. Some households today consist of only a father or only a mother and we no longer have slaves. In ancient Rome fathers picked the husbands of there daughters at ages as young as 12 years old, and these young women would marry men as old as 18 years of age. During births in ancient Rome it was rare for mothers and there babies to successfully make it through a childbirth without today's modern medical advancements.

Roman clothing men & boys

At the time of the Roman Republic and after, only free male citizens of Rome who were 16 years and older could wear a toga. Both men and women were a under garment called a perizoma a men's chiton was a large rectangular material folded and sewn together at the top with holes in the head and arms.The most popular piece of Roman Jewelry were rings, but Roman men generally only wore one ring at a time. Men worn rings in Ancient Roman were not just expensive ornaments, they also served a practical purpose and were used to seal documents as a sign of authenticity.

Romna clothing women & girls

After the 2nd century BC, besides tunics, women wore a simple garment known as a stola and usually followed the fashions of their Greek contemporaries. Stolae typically comprised two rectangular segments of cloth joined at the side by fibulae and buttons in a manner allowing the garment to drape freely over the front of the wearer. Over the stola, women often wore the palla, a sort of shawl made of an oblong piece of material that could be worn as a coat, with or without hood, or draped over the left shoulder, under the right arm, and then over the left arm