Ancient Rome has already fascinated people, from their gladiators fighting in Colosseum to the elaborate dinner parties, there are many interesting facets of life in the Roman civilization. Here are 10 unknown facts about the Roman Empire that will fascinate you even more.
#1. Not the biggest empire
Contrary to what you believe, the Roman empire was not the biggest empire. Even at its peak, it only comprised of the 12% of the world population making it the 28th biggest empire in history. The largest empire in history, as you may have guessed by now was the British empire.
#2. Not all of them spoke Latin
The Roman empire was huge and stretched from Atlantic to the Tigris, which means the inhabitants had their own language. Though Latin was the language of the Roman Law and the army, people who were Incorporated into the empire continued to speak their own native language. This included Celtic, Syriac and Greek which was considered a status symbol.
#3. Not everyone loved philosophy
Despite having eminent philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Seneca, many Romans disliked philosophy. The primary reason was that it came from the Greeks- a conquered race and the Romans had a mixed reaction to the Greeks. Secondly, the deep study of the subject did not suit a man who would be serving in the state.
#4. The emperors poisoned themselves every day
After the first century AD, Roman emperors adopted the daily habit of consuming small amounts of known poisons in order to gain immunity. This mixture was named after the king who started this practice, Mithridates the Great and was known as Mithridatium.