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Food and Entertainment

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Plebeians were the poor Roman's. They started their day off with breakfast.The poor might have bread dry or dipped in wine, and water. Olives, cheese, and raisins would sometimes be sprinkled on the bread. Then for supper during the Imperial age the Plebeians would have porridge made of vegetables. When they could afford it, they might have fish, bread, olives, and wine. They would have meat on occasion when they could afford it.



Patricians were the rich Romans. When they woke up, they would start off their day with breakfast. For breakfast the rich might have fresh meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, bread, and used honey to sweeten foods. The rich had slaves who would cut their food, and cook and clean for them. Roman’s slaves did everything, they made bread for the rich people, and made the wine. At times the rich Romans would make their own wine, if they had spare time. For lunch they would have a luncheon, which is a cold meal. They would have bread, salad, olives, cheese, fruit, nuts and cold meat leftover from supper. For supper the Patrician men would have dinner parties. The women and children ate separately. They had many different foods. They drank a lot of wine. During the Republic they would mostly eat vegetables. There was often entertainment at the dinner parties, such as dancing girls or a play.


Food for rich and poor

Rich peoples food

The rich people had slaves serve them big raveshing dinners, the slaves made very unusual or difficult foods, not to mention very expenisive, they usually shared these foods with there friends. For instance a very complicated meal would be a chicken stuffed inside a duck, the duck stuffed inside a goose, the goose stuffed inside a pig, then the pig stuffed inside a cow and then cooking the whole thing together.




The Amphitheater is where people went for excitement. They went to see the Gladiators fight each other to the deaths. There weren't just Gladiators; there were slaves and criminals that got put into the Amphitheater just to get killed, and they wore no armor. Gladiators had to fight animals, such as lions and bulls. It was all for Romans’ amusement. Theaters didn't just have plays, they also had people from other places to perform for people. Sometimes they were given a present; such as a house out in the country, or money. There were performances such as singers, dancers, plays, acrobats and gymnasts.


Chariots were used in Circuses; such as the 'Circus Maximus.' Chariot racing is Ancient Rome's oldest and most popular past time. There were four chariot facing factions, the blues, greens, whites, and reds. These colours were worn by respective charioteers during the races. If a charioteer was successful in their race(s), they could become rich and famous throughout the empire of Rome. The circuses consisted of tiers of seats built around a U-shaped arena with an elaborately decorative barrier, the spinal, running down the middle. At the open end of the U awaited for twelve four horse chariots, which began the race from the starting gates, drove to the right of the spinal, and then continued to run counter-clockwise for seven laps non-stop.

Public Baths

The public baths weren't just for you to go have a bath. You could go have a nice massage, or maybe go have a bite to eat while you are there. You can also go to the library where they had books of your choice. The baths were a place for you to relax after a hard day at work. One of the most largest baths can hold approximately 61 700 people. There are three different kinds of baths, the forum baths the stabium baths and the central baths, the stabium baths are the oldest, the forum was the smallest was the forum and the central baths were large.


In Ancient Rome, plays were presented at the time of the games on contemporary wooded stages. The first such permanent Roman theater was ordered to be built by Pompey in 55 B.C., eventually erected on the Campus Martius at Rome. Built of stone, it had a seating capacity of 27,000. Essentially patterned after the Greek theater, it differed in the respect that it was built on level ground. Since Roman plays usually lacked a true chorus, the area in front of the stage that might have been an orchestra simply became a semicircular area. All actors in Roman plays were male slaves. Men played the parts of women. The typical stock characters included the rich man, the king, the soldier, the slave, the young man, and the young woman. If necessary, an actor would play two or more roles in a single performance.



The Colsseum was a big place for public entertainment for the rich an poor. The colosseum could hold up to 45,000 people. The Ancient Roman's gathered here to watch gladiator games, and battles between men and wild animals. This is where they threw men to the lions . In Ancient Rome it was very entertaining to see men be killed. On some occasions they would flood the colosseum to hold the naval bettles, this is also where men died.

Comments (2)

Anonymous said

at 11:32 am on May 3, 2006

Wow! They don't have a lot of choices on what they could eat. Why did Wives and Children eat seperatley from the men? Keep up the good work and it is intresting to find out about the types of food that they eat.

P.S The vegetable porridge sounds disgucting! I'm happy we have more yummy foods and better choices!!!

Anonymous said

at 1:44 pm on May 4, 2006

Yes, you are right they didn't have a lot of choices for what they could eat. Well good job keep up the work!
~Ara n Amanda~

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