Facts About The Roman Empire That Will Shock And Amaze You

Trending | 8/27/19

The Roman Empire spread across a vast area, marking its influence on many lands that still today are shaped by its reach. Yet while most of us have a basic understanding of what Ancient Rome was like, there are still a number of things that you may not have known about the empire that will have you scratching your head or maybe even dropping your jaw upon discovering them. From the Colosseum where the gladiators fought to the strange uses for human urine, and to what they thought of people who were left-handed, be prepared to discover just what exactly went on within Ancient Rome.

Gladiator Blood Was Believed To Have Medicinal Properties

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Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Although, as previously mentioned, gladiators weren’t the most respected sportsmen of the time (chariot racers were), those who partook in the sport were still revered, especially those who perished from it. This is evident in the fact that the blood of those who died was frequently sold afterward.

It was believed by Ancient Romans that gladiator blood, or sometimes their livers, could ail those who suffered from epilepsy. It may seem odd to us, but then again we have to remember, this was a society that also used lead in their water systems and urine for brushing their teeth and cleaning their clothes!