They came, they saw, they conquered! The Roman Empire was one of the most successful in history. It was bloody, ground-breaking and extraordinary. But how much do you know about the Roman Empire? In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of this conquering civilization, and if you succeed, you shall feel like a gladiator!
The massive Colosseum could accommodate a whopping 50,000 people. This was only topped by the Circus Maximus, which could seat 250,000!
Roman women actually wore gladiator sweat because they thought it increased their beauty. Some people even drank gladiator blood in order to cure diseases.
Our Statue of Liberty is actually inspired by the Roman Pagan Goddess Libertas. Leave it to the French.
Rome was the first civilization that successfully used concrete in their architecture. They also used the arch to great success, something that had never been done before, even though the Etruscans first invented the arch.
It is estimated that 500,000 people died at the Colosseum in Roman times. Also, roughly one million animals were killed.
After being born, a baby was left at its father's feet. If the child was accepted, it was good to go! If not, it was abandoned.
The Romans were the first to build palaces. The word comes from the Palatine Hill, where Augustus began this emperor's tradition.
These were all common girl names in ancient Rome. The list also includes Antonia and Claudia.
The tortoise was a common military formation in ancient Rome. It involved men bunching together and holding their shields around them.
Both land and agriculture were incredibly important in Rome. Almost everyone owned a plot of land, and Romans would work their own land to grow food.
Only non-citizen criminals were crucified in Rome. That's why Jesus was crucified. All others were beheaded.
It is believed that gladiatorial combat was a substitute for old human sacrifices. The practice was started in Etruscan times.
There were 12 hours in a Roman day - the productive time between sunrise and sunset. These were measured by a sundial. You didn't carry a sundial on your wrist!
The Roman diet was mostly made up of grain. This was supplemented with vegetables, fruits and other extras, including olive oil. Meat was an expensive luxury.
Rome's last emperor, Romulus Augustus, was overthrown by the barbarians. He was named after the founder of Rome. He was overthrown by Odoacer, who became the first Barbarian king of Italy.
The average life expectancy was 20 to 30 years. This was largely skewed by women dying in childbirth and a high child mortality rate.
The Roman Empire was actually not the largest in history. It only comprised 12% of the population. The British Empire was the largest in history.
It is said that Rome was six times more densely populated than modern day New York City. That seems hard to believe!
Rome had some pretty serious income inequality. However, some experts say it was comparable to what we have in the U.S. today.
Romans were said to actually be good to their slaves. They gave them bonuses and treated them like modern office workers. (Yet still, they were slaves, so...)
Flamingo tongues were actually a Roman delicacy. Thank goodness they stayed away from the cow balls.
Romans were genius plumbers. They even used cold water to create the first air conditioning systems. They also enjoyed their public baths and fine latrines.
A crooked nose was actually a good sign of leadership! Today we consider it to be something that is worthy of surgery.
Apparently, Roman charioteers were quite rich! The wealthiest of them all amassed a wealth of $15 billion in U.S. dollars today.
The first shopping mall in history was built in Rome. It had several levels and sold everything from food to clothes to spices.
Rome is known as the Eternal City. It dates back to 509 B.C., and has been continuously populated since then.
They had a fantastic lavatory system, but they had no toilet paper! They used wet sponges instead. Seems like a good alternative - until you find out that they were shared by all.
When an emperor was crowned, an eagle was released, bearing his soul to heaven. The eagle was the symbol of Jupiter.
The Colosseum represents both the excess and the beauty of Rome. It is considered to be an architectural feat, one of the most cherished in the world.
Roman women used lead paste to create a pale complexion. They also used crushed ant eggs to darken their eyebrows!
Romans did not have soap. Instead, they bathed themselves with oil. They would scrape the oil off with a scraper made of metal.
Women preferred to have blonde hair. They would either dye their hair or wear wigs with hair from foreign slaves. Most prostitutes were blonde.
The war between the Romans and the Persians lasted for 721 years. That makes it the longest conflict in human history.
The Romans actually used urine to whiten their teeth. They had toothpaste as well. Urine was also used to wash clothes.
The Romans would actually fill amphitheaters with water and have polar bears fight seals. This took place in the first century A.D.