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The Roman Empire: A lot of stuff happened there probably I guess

Should I know more shit about the Romans? I should probably know more shit about the Romans. It was just never emphasized in my education. I've picked up most of what I know through osmosis, but I still have no idea about any emperors except "Nero and Caligula were bad, but maybe Nero wasn't that bad, but wait, he probably was." And Hadrian had a wall named after him. Hadrian was an emperor, right? Probably. Sounds like it.

Rome seems like something to know about because AT THE VERY LEAST our culture is shockingly similar to theirs, and maybe we can all learn something, etc etc. Who from the past would have adapted the best to 21st century American life? Romans. Romans would be all over selfie culture and Instagram and foodieism. All. over it. And we could probably understand each other pretty damn quick, as opposed to someone from the 14th century in England, where it'd be all like "Excuse me, I must go dump my chamber pot into yon busy street."



"WE'RE THE ONLY PEOPLE OUT HERE
WHY CAN'T YOU WAIT UNTIL WE LEAVE"

I know there's a ridiculous amount of information available about Roman culture, but it feels like one of those specialized areas of interest, like you're into Rome, or you're into My Little Pony, and you have all this knowledge about it because you've decided to get reeeeeal into it, whether it be the speeches of Cicero or what Princess Celestia wears to the Grand Galloping Gala. And I just have no interest in either. But. While I don't really care about speeches, I do care about dramatic happenings, and Rome seems to be all about those. And there seem to have been some ladies involved, so someone tell me about Roman ladies, especially vestal virgins because they seem to have had a weird amount of power for back then. 

Rome people. What am I supposed to know? Should I read something or just watch I, Claudius? And where do I find out more about Roman ladies, because maybe the overabundance of famous Roman dude names is why I haven't given a shit about it before.

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