Life in Roman Times
Rome didn't have any public schools. Most children
went to private school or studied at home.Their subjects
were reading, writing, and arithmetic. In many homes,
the slaves taught the children. Before the age of
fourteen, they studied Latin and Greek.
What were the private schools like
Most schools had only one room and only one class. There were about twelve pupils.
What did they write on ?
A Writing Tablet
The romans did have a kind of paper made from reeds, and wrote on animal skins, but this was too expensive for children to write on. Schoolboys would write on wax tablets with a pointed stick called a stylus. They then rubbed the wax smooth and started again.
Did they read books ?
A school would only have a few books. Books had to be written by hand. They were usually made from one long piece of paper rolled around a stick. This was called a scroll.
Rich people usually lived in a town house called a domus. Many of them also had a country house called a villa. But most people living in towns and cities rented an apartment called a cenaculum.
What were the apartments like ?
Some were very big and fancy, but others had only one room. The poorest people lived on the top floors, which were built out of wood. These could catch fire easily and weren't very safe.
How did they light their houses ?
They used oil-burning lamps to light their homes. There were many different kinds of lamps.
was on the floor ?
Romans sometimes used small rugs, but no carpets. Expensive houses had patterned floors called mosaics, made from tiny pieces of stone.
Smooth wet plaster was spread over the floor. Tiny squares of bright stone were pressed into it to make a picture. The gaps between the squares were then filled in with plaster.
What furniture did they have ?
All sorts. Most furniture that is still around today is made of marble or metal. They also had wooden furniture but this has rotted away. Most beds were probably very plain and made from wood.
What were the kitchens like ?
Anyone for takeaway ? Apartments didn't have kitchens, so tenants had to buy ready-cooked food. Private houses, had large kitchens with different fires for cooking different types of food.
Did they have central heating ?
Yes they invented it. It warmed the rooms from under the floor.
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