Ancient Roman FAQ's

Festus Hartman

Writing

Did the Romans have paper?


The Romans did in fact have paper that was called papyrus. Papyrus originally came from the Egyptians, papyrus is made from the papyrus plants stock. The plants stock would be sliced into thin piece roughly a inch wide and would be layered with other slice then socked in water for a day and then pressed down to make it stay together. They used a quill dipped in ink to write. The Romans also had a more efficient way to write, they would take a wooden tablet that is dipped in was and would use a stylus to write into the wax.

Family

In each roman family there was a head of the house called the paterfamilias. Usually the head of the family was the father or the oldest relative like the grandfather. The Romans for the most part considered their slaves to be apart of the family, there is evidence that shows that most of the slaves were like children to the masters. One of the unique things of the Romans were that children were born at home usually aided by a midwife, and once the child has been born it was placed at the feet of the father and the father could decide to accept the responsibility to raise the child by picking it up and raising it over his head or to leave it at his ffet and would not raise the child, in which case the child would inevitably die.

Clothing of Men & Boys

In the Roman times both men and boys over the age of 16 wore whit togas. Boys under the age of 16 would wear a white toga with a three inch thick purple stripe at the bottom to signify their age. Every roman was supposed to wear a toga all the time and especially at any public event or whenever going somewhere. Both the size and color of togas varied with the different social class they were in. Ancient roman men only wore one type of jewelry and that was personalized signet ring that would most likely have the family crest on it, it was used to make an impression on sealing wax in order to authorize documents.

Clothing of Women & Girls

Ancient roman women often wore togas that were more for covering themselves up than more for just wearing clothes. they were often long and white with some variations of color for other undergarments. Ancient roman women always wore jewelry, it was used to show their husbands or family wealth and power. Also when a women was going to be engaged she could not go out unless she wore all of her fiances jewelry that he had bought her.

Citations

"Writing and Language." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 3: Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2001. 170-172. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.

Tortora, Phyllis. "Toga." Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Ed. Valerie Steele. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 329-331. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.

McManus, Barbara F. "Roman Clothing, Part I." Roman Clothing, Part I. VROMA, Aug. 2003. Web. 14 Sept. 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.

"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. 6 Oct. 2015.