Ancient Roman FAQs
Writing in Ancient Rome
Romans used many different writing utensils from quill and ink to a stylus that could engrave letters on a wax sheet.
The Ancient Roman Family
Women in this time period almost had no rights to anything an mostly cared for the children and the house. However, as the Roman Republic transitioned into the Empire, women gained more rights, such as to be able to own property.
Children were actually quite similar to modern day, being able to play with toys and other things. In this era, though, it was customary to marry off girls very early, around 10 to 12. This was because of a very high infant mortality rate.
Ancient Roman Names
Roman Clothing: Men
The toga was another staple of clothing for Roman men. Men were required to wear these long clothes that were intricately wrapped around the body. Once again the richer your were the more colors and elaboration went into the toga.
Roman men and boys also wore jewelry, signifying their social and economic status. Men wore more complicated necklaces and braces. Roman boys wore small spiritual amulets that were probably family heirlooms.
Roman Clothing: Women
Hairstyles for Roman women became very elaborate with the passing of history and women tried to emulate Roman goddesses with many different types of hairstyles.
Writing: "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.
Families: "Family." The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome. Don Nardo. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2002. 153-155. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.
Names: "Names." The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome. Don Nardo. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2002. 181-182. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.
Men’s Clothing and Jewelry: McManus, Barbara F. "Roman Clothing, Part I." Roman Clothing, Part I. VROMA, Aug. 2003. Web. 7 Oct. 2015.
Women’s Clothing: McManus, Barbara F. "Roman Clothing, Part II." Roman Clothing, Part II VROMA, Aug. 2003. Web. 7 Oct. 2015.