Category: rome

In ancient Rome, commoners would evacuate entire cities in acts…

In ancient Rome, commoners would evacuate entire cities in acts of revolt called “Secessions of the Plebeians”, leaving the elite in the cities to fend for themselves.

Photo :  B. Barloccini / wikimedia

The tradition of pouring out some of your drink on the ground to…

The tradition of pouring out some of your drink on the ground to show respect for deceased friends or family has been around for thousands of years. It was common in Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt.

The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative….

The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value.

Photo : Sylvain Pedneault / wikipedia

When Pope Francis released white doves from his studio window…

When Pope Francis released white doves from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the “symbol-of-peace” birds were immediately attacked by a seagull and a crow.

Since 1968 a man would wake up at sunrise every morning and…

Since 1968 a man would wake up at sunrise every morning and rushed to the Trevi Fountain in Rome. There, he collected coins with a rake. Allegedly, in 15 minutes of work, he used to gather up to $1000. He was caught only in 2002.