Until the time of the Caesars, all Romans were vegetarians.
The Roman emperor Caligula bestowed the rank of Consul First Class on this favorite horse, Incitatus. The horse was provided with a gold goblet for drinking wine and with an ivory manger.
The month of July is named after Julius Caesar. The month of August is named after Augustus Caesar.
The level and the claw hammer, found in every modern carpenter's tool chest, were invented by the ancient Romans.
The Colosseum of ancient Rome was occasionally filled with water and an entire naval battle was staged there, complete with armed vessels and fights to the death.
The ancient Greeks were the first to use bed springs. They fashioned them out of braided leather thongs and hung them between opposite sides of the bed.
The ancient Greek leader Pericles was so self-conscious about his pointed head that he would only pose for portraits wearing a helmet.
Roman statues were made with detachable heads, so that one head could be removed and replaced by another.
Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned. The fiddle had not yet been invented. Nor was Nero there. He was at his villa in Antium, 50 miles away.
In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a hooked nose.