The Romans were known to be great pet enthusiasts, and ancient sources refer to dogs, cats, songbirds, parrots, monkeys, rabbits, turtles and snakes all being kept as pets. Birds were great favorites, particularly among wealthy Romans who are known to have kept swans, herons, ravens, pigeons, ducks and chickens.Know More
Evidence of Roman pet-keeping is found not only in written accounts but in artistic representations. Roman gravestones often portrayed the departed accompanied by a favorite dog, bird or monkey. Wealthy patrons often posed for portraits with a cherished animal.
The Roman historian Suetonius reported that the emperor Tiberias kept a pet snake. Catullus wrote a famous poem about his lady's grief over the loss of her pet sparrow. Cats, weasels and snakes were probably originally kept as a way of controlling the mouse and rat population, but Romans often became emotionally attached to these animals. In the same way, chickens and ducks originally kept for their eggs often became favored household pets.
Teaching ravens, nightingales and parrots to imitate human speech was so common that the Roman author Apuleius warned against people teaching their pet birds to curse or they would "curse continually." Exotic pets including gazelles, peacocks, bears and even lions were kept as a sign of wealth and status.Learn more about Ancient Rome
From the Greeks, the Romans borrowed or copied ideas on art, literature, religion and architecture. A prime example is in the pantheon of gods worshiped by Romans. With the exception of their names, the Greek gods and goddesses were the models used for the Roman pantheon of deities.Full Answer >
The Ancient Romans were able to construct their architecturally advanced arches and domes because of their development of pourable concrete and their skill in using special wooden forms, or molds, known as coffers. These construction advances enabled the Romans to efficiently build structures that previously would have been dependent upon a large number of pillars or support columns, and that would have required the transportation, hoisting and placement of large sections of cut stone.Full Answer >
The Huns came in and started forcing barbarian tribes west which resulted in some tribes going into the Roman Empire and when the Romans did not provide food for the tribes that immigrated there, they turned to rampaging. Some barbarians had to go elsewhere after having to leave their homes.Full Answer >
The Twelve Tables were the first attempt by the Romans to establish empire-wide laws. The tablets are also the oldest surviving piece of Roman literature. They were written around 450 B.C.Full Answer >