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Ancient Rome (DK Google E.guides) by Peter Chrisp

By Peter Chrisp

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This is the origin of our word "rostrum", meaning a speaker’s platform. Funeral speeches praising famous Romans, such as Julius Caesar, were given here. ≤ PUNISHMENTS To the west of the Senate House, there is an underground prison. Convicted criminals awaiting execution were held here. Upper-class Romans had the privilege of a private execution by beheading. This is the origin of the term "capital punishment", from the Latin caput ("head"). Lower-class Romans were given a painful and humiliating public execution.

In the 2nd century ad, the practice of burial (inhumation) gradually spread westwards. < roadside tombs The dead were usually taken to tombs lining the main road outside a town. This was partly so that their spirits were at a safe distance and could not haunt the living. The road was also a good place for a family to display their wealth and status with an impressive tomb. 55 TOMB CARVINGS PHYSICIAN Tomb carvings often show the departed doing the work they did in life. This carving shows an oculist, a physician specializing in eye diseases.

Unlike many casts, this one is so detailed that the dog’s teeth can be seen. IN THE GARDEN A group of terrified adults and children were killed in a garden belonging to a rich Pompeiian called Marcus Lucretius. They had covered their faces in a desperate attempt to avoid breathing in the poisonous gases. Among them were a mother with a baby, and a girl who had buried her face in a man’s clothing. These casts were made in 1966. Others casts have been made of furniture, food, and the roots of plants.

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