The largest stadium in history, the Circus Maximus, built in 6BC Rome, it had a capacity of 300,000 spectators. The largest modern stadium, Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, holds a mere 150,000 spectators.
There were ticket scalpers for gladiator fights in Ancient Rome. Gladiators like Hermes were known to draw the largest crowds and brought in high profits for scalpers due to demand.
A large number of Graffiti found in Pompeii are political ads. Specificaly, one Gnaeus Helvius Sabinus appears in no less than 140 political signs throughout the town, endorsed by all manner of individuals, trade unions, religious and social groups.
The formal clothing of the Roman Citizen was the Toga. During Roman elections, those running for political office would rub their Toga with a dazzling white chalk to stand out. Called Toga Candida (pure-white) this clothing was the origin of the word “candidate”.
Most people in the ancient city of Rome lived in apartment buildings that lacked kitchens. Thus most people relied on prepared food was sold at pubs, inns, and food stalls. Some establishments had counter tops fitted with openings for pots that may have kept food warm for extended serving.
When ancient romans had something stolen from them, they would “transfer” ownership of their stolen items to a deity, so as to make the god responsible for punishing the thief.
Before toilet paper, Ancient Romans used a sponge on the end of a long stick that was shared by everyone in the community. When not in use, the stick stayed in a bucket of heavily salted seawater in the communal bathroom.
Roman soldiers were given one pound of meat daily. For an army 120 sheep were killed a day just for the meat ration. Or 60 hogs. Huge flocks of livestock were herded and grazing alongside an army. Roman soldiers were a mule more than anything else. They carried very heavy gear, on bad roads.
“Decimation” means “removal of a tenth” in Latin, and refers to a Roman practice in which military commanders punished units for capital offenses by having soldiers execute 1 in 10 of their comrades.
During the Punic Wars, the Romans realized they had no clue how to build ships. They decided to rent row boats, run aground a Carthaginian ship, and plagiarize the designs. The entire first fleet of their new Navy was based off this ship, but learning to row proved more challenging.