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Everyday Life in Ancient Rome

Family Guide
Frieze depicting Roman citizens wearing togas, Ara Pacis
The quality of life of an ancient Roman depended on the amount of money he or she had. There was a great divide between the rich and poor. The rich lived in palatial houses in the top locations with the best of everything – from exotic food to expensive clothing and sophisticated plumbing and heating. The poor, on the other hand, lived in basic apartment blocks that did not even have stoves, and worked menial jobs for little or no money.

Housing

The villas of the wealthy were usually built around a central courtyard garden, or peristyle. ...

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