Living In Luxury In Ancient Rome

How gratifying it will need to have been to live in Ancient Rome in the first few centuries of our period. But only when you were rich! To get a rich Roman was fabulously rich, as is to be expected within an imperialist society based on slavery. Sumptuous homes, imported fabrics, great artwork, excellent entertainment, the best possible of food brought in from all around the Empire which very fact of prosperity – time.on your hands.

Some of the many luxuries liked by well-to-do Ancient Romans were theatre-going, gym exercises, and delicious eating in beautiful surroundings. People haven’t transformed in several thousand years. Ancient Roman clothing was symbolic of position and power and no other color more obviously represented prestige than purple. Only the most expensive dyes were used to produce purple and so it became synonymous with wealth and power. The dyes used for multicolored tunics were made out of crimson shellfish (with colors ranging from deep orange to a black-purple) and was said to have left a faint odor that made the wearer “smell of money”.

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It got some 12,000 Murex shellfish to remove 1.5 grams of the pure purple dye. Legend tells us that Hercules discovered the dye when his dog munched on some snails along the Levantine coast and ended up with a purple mouth. A lot of the clothing fabric was of wool, with some linen imported from Egypt and, in the Empire later, silks or “serica” brought in from far-off China.

Convincing Wild silk was woven on the Greek Island of Cos. These were light extremely, transparent fabrics in beautiful hues. You would need to be rich to wear these clothes fabulously! Elegance, finery, and beautiful clothes are women’s badges, in these they find joy and take pride, this is actually the women’s world. Hairstyles, jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, and skin-care were of great interest to Roman women.

There’s nothing unusual in looking to look your very best, but the matrons of Rome spent inordinate levels of time on personal pampering. Minerva, the “Goddess of one thousand works”, was worshiped throughout Italy. As Minerva Medica, she was the Goddess of Medicine while in the populous city of Rome itself, she was honored as the Goddess of War.

Minerva’s worship was also taken out to the empire – in Britain, she was reported to be Sulis, the local Goddess of Wisdom. She was the patron of the recovery springs at Bath. Taking a bath was a serious matter. First, there was the cold shower (the frigidarium), then your warm bath (the tepidarium) and the hot bath (the caldarium). Among the open public baths at Pompeii contains two warm baths, two hot baths, a large exercise area, and a plunge pool.