Roman lifestyle is very similar and very different compared to life today. Rome had a harder way of life, and a shorter one too. They had ways of entertainment similar to ours. Also they had some similarities and differences in their meals. The places they bought those meals from shows that roman shopping and daily errands are different too.
When Romans were bored they went out, just like us today. They often went out to plays held in large, open theatres. They also went to other special arenas to see people competing in games, and a circus. Our entertainment today is roughly similar. Plays are held at theatres. Games are also played in big arenas, and a circus does come to town. Although, our games today do not involve gladiators fighting animals to the death, we are still entertained by sports.
In Rome there were two kinds of people the upper-class patricians, and the lower-class plebeians. This means two different meals. The plebeians might have a meal of bread, dry or dipped in wine, and water. Sometimes olives, cheese, or raisins were sprinkled on the bread. They also had fish and vegetables. It became the custom to distribute bread daily to the unemployed. Workmen, on their way to work, grabbed some bread, and ate it on the way. The Patricians enjoyed fresh meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, bread, and used honey to sweeten food. (Sugar was unknown). They had slaves to cook and clean. Slaves cut their food for them, because they didn’t use forks or knives, they ate with their fingers. A wet towel was handy (or brought by slaves) to tidy up after a meal. Today we pretty much eat the same foods, but we don;t enjoy the same services. We have lower class people who can;t afford great meals, and we have upper class people who can afford better ones. The one thing we do not have is slavery.
Daily errands and shopping were done at the forum. The forum was the main marketplace and business center, wh