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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Roman

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A Day in The Life OF An ANCIENT ROMAN By Quincey Borggard We've learned quite a bit about ancient Romans and their culture, but now let's take a closer look at their everyday life. Patrician Life Patricians (wealthier Roman citizens) had an easier and more luxurious lifestyle than most of the middle-class citizens (Plebeians) Patricians lived in pretty houses around the Astrium, the main courtyard in Rome. Their homes had gorgeous mosaics on the floors and were adorned with gold and jewls. Bibliography "Roman Women." etd-submit.etsu.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2011. <etd-submit.etsu.edu/etd/theses/available/etd-0717102-100824/unrestricted/YoungL073102 They also had very much time to relax and they didn't have to do much work. A patrician man could work in politics, religion (a priest), law A patrician could work as a politician, a lawyer, an artist, a writer, a soldier, a gladiator, or a priest/priestess. Patricians had considerably more political rights than Plebeians. For a long time, they were the only ones given political rights at all. Plebeian Life In Ancient Rome, you were born a Patrician, a Plebeian, or a slave. This was based on the roots of your family and what class your parents belonged to. Unfortunately, most Plebeians were poor, though some were not. They lived in small, shabby houses and wore shabby clothing. Most Plebeians worked all the time. Unlike Patricians, they had almost no leisure time. So, a day in the life of a patrician might go something like this:
Sleep in late. There is plenty of leisure time.
Eat a delicous meal. Patricians could afford this.
Dress in fancy clothes with lots of jewelry.
Go off to work, or to the marketplace to socialize. Even if they did work, there was lots of time to lay back and relax.
At about noon, men went to the public baths for a few hours.
In the evening, they might come back to their homes and eat, or attend a festival. Patricians ate nice food by Ancient Roman standards.
They often ate a sweetend porridge with many toppings such as honey, sausage, or cheese.
Meat was also a very popular meal, as was fish. To drink, they usually drank wine sweetend with honey. Patricians didn't have much furniture in their houses, but they had some low-to-the-ground couches where they ate every meal. These weathy Romans also could afford to send their children to Greece for further education. By Quincey Borggard Plebeians lived in small, bare apartments called insulae. The insulae had no kitchen, no bathrooms, and were poorly built. The wealthier plebeins could sometimes afford nicer houses. Plebeian children had to learn the job that their parents (usually their father) had done before them. Since most plebeians did not have kitchens, they got their food from bars or restaurants. This food included unsweetend porridge, bread, pea soup, and (if they were lucky) some meat. Nothing like the nice food of the patricians. A day in the life a plebeian would look a bit like this:
Wake up early.
Eat a plain meal, preparing for a long day at work.
Go to work from morning until evening.
Eat an evening meal. You might have the fortune to go to the public baths or participate in some other form of relaxation. This is a cartoon of what plebeian clothing may have looked like. And that is the end of "A Day in the Life of an Ancient Roman".Thanks for watching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This picture of a grumpy patrician shows how nice patrician clothing was. As you can see, a day in the life of a Patrician is much different than a day in the life of a Plebeian. If you could really spend a day as a Patrician or as a Plebeian, which would you choose? "Roman Plebians." The Senate and People of Rome; Romans in Medieval Combat: SCA &Dagorhir. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2011. <http://www.romanempire.net/ Topic. "Plebeians in Ancient Rome." Untitled Document. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2011. <http://www.historylink102.com/Rome/roman-plebeians.htm>. Topic. "Ancient Rome." Untitled Document. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2011. <http://www.historylink102.com/ This is a Plebeian soldier. He served in Rome's well-trained military.
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