10 Crazy Facts About Life In Ancient Rome

Beware of the Lefties

Left-handed folks have always had it tough throughout history, but in Ancient Rome, lefties were considered unlucky and untrustworthy. So much so that the word “sinister” means left in Latin. Over time being left-handed took on a more evil connotation.

Emperors Poisoned Themselves Everyday

An emperor’s life was always in jeopardy, so emperors started taking tiny amounts of all known poisons toward the end of the first century to build up an immunity to the toxins. The mixture was called Mithridatium and was drunk from a vessel made from the horn of a one-horned donkey, which was believed to be the antidote.