Ever since taking Latin in high school, I have wondered what life would be like in Ancient Rome.
At the height of its power, the Roman Empire controlled most of Europe, a large portion of the Middle East, and a northern strip of Africa. More importantly, the Romans controlled the Mediterranean sea and all of the land that surrounded it. With control of both the sea and the land surrounding it, the Romans had control of all of the trading and commerce.
Although the Roman Empire stretched across many different cultural boundaries, the conquered people were allowed to keep their religions and customs as long as they also worshiped the Roman gods, including the emperor, and, of course, paid their taxes. This creates a very interesting blend of cultures, especially with the infrastructure that the Romans built. The combination of the Roman roads and sea travel made it easier to travel which also enhanced the sharing of information. There were often stories in our Latin books about the voyages of people traveling across the Empire.
At the heart of the Roman Empire was Rome. I imagine Rome to be like the ancient version of New York City. Whether it was politics, business, and pleasure, everybody and everything important was in Rome. Like New York City, it was a melting pot but of the ancient world. Everybody from senators to slaves could be seen at the forums.
The place I desire to be the most in Rome is the Flavium Ampitheatre. Almost everybody today still knows of it but they might call it the Colosseum. The Colosseum was an ancient architectural marvel. It stood 12 stories high and could seat about 80,000 people. Although some people might think it gruesome, I would love to watch a gladiator match in the Colosseum.