Ancient Roman FAQ's

Marina Hilliard

WRITING

The ancient Romans didn't have paper like we had today, but they did write. They would use papyrus, blocks of wood with wax, parchment, or stone. They would use paint or a stylus to carve or make an indention into the material.

FAMILY

The father had total control over the family. He decided if they would keep the baby once it was born and was it had grown he had the write to kill the child. The "families" included everyone that lived in the house, including the slaves. Every Roman had three names; first (praenomen), middle (nomen) and a last name (cognomen). The children would go by their fathers name. If it was a girl the name would end in -ia and boys would end in -ius. So if the fathers name was Lucius, the daughter would go by Lucia and the son Lucius.
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CLOTHING- men's and boys'

They would wear togas with a tunica. Togas were essentially pieces of cloth that were wrapped around in a different way depending on social status, age, or wealth. They could be long or short, but generally the wealthier you are the longer the toga. Politicians would were extra long and extra white togas. Young boys would wear togas and sometimes wear small gold rings for good luck.
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CLOTHING-women's and girls'

Young girls wore togas until they were considered women. Then they would start to wear pallas or stolas. Once they were engaged they began to wear a ton of jewelry from their fiance.

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.


Books and Manuscripts." Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. Carrol Moulton. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. 98-100. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015


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


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.


"The Nature of the Family." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 3: Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2001. 324-325. 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.



"Clothing." Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. Carroll Moulton. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. 148-153. World History in Context. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.