Ancient Roman FAQs

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Writing

They didn't have paper, so they used papyrus, or they used clay tablets. They used quills to write, and were used often cause they would wear quickly. The Romans conquered Egypt, and in doing so they had a continuous supply of papyrus, and had a resource that benefited the empire. Papyrus could be found along the river Nile, and when used properly could be used to write with. The Romans used it to communicate, for example, wright letters, write documents, and it was used as a tool for propaganda.

Family

The head of the household would be the oldest male, for example the father, but if the fathers father isn't yet dead, he is the head of the household. The Romans commonly had arranged marriages, and the children were already promised to a future bride, or groom. The men had the women be submissive, and there sons became adults at the age of fifth teen, but the father would handle all business dealings, and would wait till the son was at the age of twenty one, to cut him loose.

The Romans named there children after themselves, so if the father was named Alexander, then if he had a son he would be named Alexander, if he had a girl, she would be named Alexandria. Noble Roman women weren't allowed to leave without a chaperone, and weren't allowed to be near the gladiator pit, or if they were they had to be at the very top, which meant all the way in the back. When Noble Roman women were to be married when they went pout in public they had to wear all the gifts that were given by the groom, to show that she was his women.

Clothing- Men's And Boy's

Only a Roman man of sixteen or older could wear a mans toga. It symbolized Roman citizenship, and the class that you were in. The slaves had no toga, and the very poor didn't either, they just wore a tunic. Boys wore jewelry, but they were small gold rings, they were called a phallus, and they were worn for good luck. Men didn't were these, they just wore the togas. The boys also sometimes wore an amulet for good luck, and for protection from evil spirits, and to protect them from sickness.

Clothing- Women's And Girl's

A freeborn girl wore the same garmet as the boys, a toga over a tunic, but it wasn't the toga that symbolized there adult hood. When she hit puberty she would cast away her old toga for a new one, this one symbolized that she was an adult, and was ready for marrige. They would give there old togas to there patron goddess as a tribute, and after the ceromony was over then she would recieve her adult toga.