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Everything You Think You Know About Ancient Rome Isn’t Even Half-correct!

Rome has an immensely huge history, and with such grandeur comes a long list of myths, as well. Let’ see what all of us have been getting wrong all this while.

 

#1   Sewer and water Sources.

The Romans had a very properly maintained, working sewage system. The water available was divided into two categories, one for drinking and the other for various chores. These systems built by the slaves is still in good conditions but has been connected to the modern sewage system.

#2   The salting of Carthage.

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Texts reveal that when Rome conquered the city of Carthage, it salted the farmlands so that crop production came to a halt. But, this is not true. In fact, they did even worse. They captured slaves, slaughtered people and burned the city to ash. This is why all of the city’s history was lost and it becomes impossible to study it.

#3   The Rank system.

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Ancient Rome had this thing. If you were not born to a royal family, no matter how much wealthy you get, you will never be able to rise through the ranks.

#4   The Toga Men.

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No, the Romans did not wear togas all the time except for occasions. This is like saying that women wear gowns and men wear tux all the time in today’s world.

#5   Romans spoke Latin.

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Contrary to popular belief, Roman’s didn’t speak Classical Latin. In fact, Romans spoke a casual version of Latin known as Vulgar Latin. And although Classical Latin was the official language of the Romans, most members of the Roman Empire actually spoke Greek until the 4th century. Vulgar Latin is the version of Latin that modern romance languages like French and Italian are derived from.

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