Roman Culture

When emperors weren’t dying and wars weren’t breaking out, Romans often were doing many other different things.

There were two primary classes in Rome, the rich and the poor. As such, very wealthy Romans were living very lavish lifestyles and got to have many other jobs the poor couldn’t. Keep this in mind for a few.

Farming was a very important contributor to Rome and it’s culture, as it was a very great food source. Many crops and meats were produced, crops including grapes, grain crops like wheat, fruits and vegetables, and olives.

Most houses in Rome did not come with kitchens, due to the fact that the risk of fire was so high. Instead, the poor got their hot food from street vendors. The rich would have kitchens in their houses. They would have slaves prepare their meal, and since the houses didn’t have chimneys, it was very smokey in the kitchen.
Rich people would eat meat, vegetables, and herbs, while poor people would eat bread, porridge, and stew.

Parties were well-loved within Rome, and the most common things there were wines and spicy food. Mostly (if not, all) parties were hosted by rich Romans, and the best purpose of them were to show off lavish foods (basically, to show off money).

Anyway. Off food, time for what they wore.

Citizens would wear loincloths commonly, but men would also wear knee-length tunics. Men often had short hair and a beard, or long hair and a shaven face. Those were the two most common hairstyles for men during the time of the Empire.

Women also wore a tunic, but it was often accompanied by an ankle-length robe called a stola. They would also wear pallas, a large rectangular piece of cloth draped over a woman’s head or hair. The most common hairstyle for women would be a simple bun, although hairstyles became a lot more elaborate during the time of the Empire.

 

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