Since a Roman's life is very busy and complicated, I picked a couple sub topics
for my report. I picked daily meal routines like breakfast, lunch, and dinner,
the Forum, Roman school, the public baths, and houses.
Most sources say Romans ate three meals a day. The first two would be very
The very poor people would be glad to even enjoy one meal a day.
Breakfast, called ienaculum, would consisit of bread dipped in watered down
wine. Sometimes a little honey would be used or dates and olives.
Lunch, called prandium, if eaten at all, would be made up of fruits, bread,
cheese, or leftovers from the previous night.
Dinner, called cena, was the main meal of the day, served in the late afternoon.
For the lower class, cena consisted of vegetables and olive oil. For the high
class, it would be a seven-course meal. The typical dinner had three courses.
The 1st course, called gustus, was appetizers. Mulsum (MULSUM!!!), wine mixed
with honey, would be served along with salad, eggs, shellfish, mushrooms, etc.
The 2nd course, the meat course, or called lena, would provide pork, poultry,
fish, animals hunted, or exotic birds served with veggies.
The final course, called the secundae mensae or second table was given its name
because at dinner parties, the entire table was removed after the first 2
courses, and a new one was put in its place for desert. This course had fruits,
honey cakes, nuts, and wine.
For my next sub topic is the Forum. The Forum was the main marketplace and the
buisness center, where the ancient Romans went to do their banking, trading,
clothes shopping, and marketing.
It was also a place for public speaking. The ancient Romans were great speakers
and loved to talk. They thought the job of an orator was not to argue, but to
argue persuasively. People browsing the Forum would stop and listen,... [continues]
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