We often complain about there not being enough hours in a day. However, we might start to appreciate the fact that we have 24 hours, considering that the Romans only had 12-hour days. In fact, if you walk through the city, you might spot a sundial marking out 12 hours per day in ancient Rome.
For example, the Solarium Augusti is a sundial in the form of an obelisk near Meridiana Di Augusto used for telling time in this city. Perhaps, life was not as stressful, and they didn’t need 24 hours. Next time you’re in Rome, visit Solarium Augusti.
Roman Toilet Paper
Some people love period films and believe if they could live in the past, they’d be much happier. Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in the early 1920s, wearing a beautiful flapper dress? Anyway, period films don’t always show you the really gritty reality of living in the past.
While toilet paper had been invented by the Roman Age, it wasn’t the done thing. Instead, the Romans preferred to use wet sponges or simply water for this type of cleaning. Okay, the latter of these is not all that disgusting. But thinking about wet sponges as an alternative to toilet paper is not at all romantic, so we could skip returning to the past.
Sometimes, you see people pampering their pets in such an extravagant manner that you think it is something only modern people do. Well, this kind of behavior is not limited to modern people. In fact, modern people have nothing on Caligula. Emperor Gaius Caligula’s horse, Incitatus, is probably the most spoiled horse in all of history.
The horse’s stable was made of marble and bedecked with jewels. Of course, the horse had his own servants who looked after him, and him alone. Often Caligula would criticize his advisors and senators, saying Incitatus would have done better in their roles.
The First McDonalds
Close to the Spanish Steps located in the Piazza di Spagna (meaning "Square of Spain"), you will find a McDonald's restaurant neatly tucked into the row of street stores and shops. This McDonald's happens to be the first of the franchises built in the country of Italy.
It officially opened its doors in 1968, but there had been much resistance to its construction. Personally, if we are in Italy, we prefer to stick to local pizza and pasta, but if you find yourself close to the Spanish Steps and want a bit of familiarity or just a familiar old treat, why not visit the first McDonald's in Italy?
It is well-known that the Roman Empire did not mess around when it came to its military. Some of the best military tacticians were Roman generals, including Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus – aka Pompey the Great – Marcus Antonius – on whom Shakespeare based his “Anthony and Cleopatra” – and the most famous of them all, Julius Caesar.
It was not only the might of Rome's generals, but the Romans constructed roads allowing their troops easy access during wartimes. For instance, Roman soldiers could cover 50km in one day thanks to their network of roads. Walking the streets of Rome today easily takes you back in time.