For centuries after his death there was a persistent legend that Roman emperor Nero would return to life and reconquer the empire. This led to a number of fake Neros, one of whom was so widely accepted as real that it almost led to war.
Romans were known to create tombs for their dogs and gave them epitaphs to remember them by. One such inscription read, “I am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home with my own hands 15 years ago.”
Most Roman gladiators and legionnaires ate a vegetarian diet consisting of 78% carbohydrates, mainly from wheat or barley.
The Romans loved Chinese silk so much that the Senate banned its wearing by men in 14 A.D. It was hurting the economy as way too much silk was being imported and not enough of other stuff, like iron.
Romans used to call Christians atheists because they didn’t pay tribute to their gods.
While Caesar and Cato fiercely debated in the Roman Senate over a conspiracy to seize power, a note was delivered to Caesar. Cato alleged this could implicate his involvement, imploring him to read it. He handed it to Cato who read it out loud. It was a lustful love letter from Cato’s sister.