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    Discovering ancient Rome's gritty side with kids

    By Elena Casta

    March 26, 2024

    Ancient Rome with kids

    Rome, the eternal city, is synonymous with grandeur and history. But beneath its majestic facades lies a gritty and intriguing side of ancient life that often goes unnoticed. For families exploring Rome with kids, uncovering these lesser-known aspects can be an exciting adventure. Join us as we peel back the layers of time and reveal the unexpected tales that await in the heart of ancient Rome.

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    Enter the Colosseum, where the echoes of cheering crowds once mingled with the clash of swords. For kids, the tales of gladiators fighting for their lives are like scenes from an epic movie. Explore the underground chambers where these warriors trained and prepared for battle, and learn about the harsh realities they faced in the arena. It's a thrilling journey into the world of ancient combat that will leave a lasting impression.

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    From sprawling public baths to peculiar cleaning practices, Roman hygiene was far from ordinary. Take a trip to the Baths of Caracalla or the Baths of Diocletian, where families can imagine themselves immersed in the same waters as ancient Romans. But be prepared for some surprising revelations, such as the communal toilets and the use of urine as a cleaning agent. It's a quirky aspect of Roman life that's sure to spark interesting discussions.

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    Roman banquets were legendary for their extravagance, but they also had a darker side. From sumptuous feasts to peculiar dining customs, the world of ancient Roman cuisine is full of surprises. Visit Pompeii's ancient taverns or explore the ruins of Ostia Antica, where families can discover remnants of ancient food culture. And remember to share stories of vomitoriums and other excesses that will both amuse and astonish.

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    Journey into the realm of ancient Roman medicine, where science and superstition intertwined in the pursuit of wellness. Explore the ruins of ancient medical facilities like the Temple of Asclepius, where families can learn about the various treatments used by ancient physicians. From herbal remedies to peculiar cures, the world of ancient medicine offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

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    Beneath the splendor of Rome lay a complex network of sewers and sanitation systems. Explore sites like the Cloaca Maxima, one of the world's earliest sewage systems, and learn how ancient Romans managed waste and maintained hygiene in a bustling metropolis. It's a side of ancient life that's as practical as it is intriguing.

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    Wander through the streets of ancient Rome and discover the bustling markets, noisy taverns, and diverse neighborhoods that make up everyday life. Learn about the social hierarchies that governed Roman society and the challenges faced by commoners, enslaved people, and the elite alike. It's a window into the human experience that transcends time and place.

    As you explore the ancient streets with your family, don't overlook the gritty and fascinating side of its history. From gladiator battles to peculiar hygiene practices, the stories of ancient Rome are as diverse as they are captivating.

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