Did Romans have vending machines?

Romans and  machines the amazing answer is: Yes!

Römische MaschinenThe Alexandrian mechanics Heron describes in his works “pneumatics” and “Automatopoiautoetike” (1st century AD), for example, a coin-operated vending machines in front of a temple, which donated a certain amount of holy water for ritual ablutions at the throw of a coin. Nevertheless, the machine didn’t come to much use in the everyday Roman life, since most machines were not application-oriented but were rather representative or for playful purposes. Continue reading

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Lararium

Lararium the Romans

Lararium romanA rare replica of a Roman house altar , a Lararium . This Lararium is still well preserved and you can clearly make out the roof with bricks. The two pillars are still in great shape and lots of details are still visible. Continue reading

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Cantharos

Cantharos a Greek original

CantharosA cantharos is a original greek mug with two set handles . The kantharoi (plural) are very closely associated with the cult of Dionysus (god of wine), which has the cantharos as an attribute. Continue reading

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Roman Market

Roman Market – booths in the shape of a house

Roman market, merchants and craftsmen, a roman market-place

Hairstylist booth of a Roman ornatrix 
Roman plaited for children and adults in a Roman room

Mosaic booth of a musearius
The Roman mosaic worker demonstrates on models and with antique tools the craft of the mosaicists .

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Concrete master of Romans

Roman concrete

roman concreteOriginally Phoenicians and Greeks invented the roman concrete, which they called, “opus caementitium” consisting of lime, sand, volcanic ash (pozzolana) cured with water and pebbles. This was considered one of the most durable materials in the world at that time and even today. Continue reading

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Roman wine merchants an ancient profession ?

Roman wine merchants – did they exist in ancient Rome ?

Roman wine merchants But yes! The purchase and sale of wine was even one of the most important branches of the Roman wine merchants trade! The Vinarius (mercator Vinarius ) – wine merchant – was either a wholesaler in the regional or long-distance trade or operated as a retailer. Continue reading

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What does the “Roman shop” actually look like ?

The ” Romans ” from the Roman shop

The roman ShopMany of you have probably been wondering for a while what the Roman shop looks like. Continue reading

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Lar a Roman household god

Lar

Lar roman housegodThe Lar was worshiped at all family events and accompanied the family when they moved away . The cult probably goes back to prehistoric burials in the houses. The Lar was male and was very persuasive.     Continue reading

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Light and lamps of the Romans Part 2

light lamps romansStarting with the end of the 3rd Century Christian motifs also increased. A special feature was the lamps, which served as New Year gifts and brought good wishes for the coming year: “annum novum Faustum felicem tibi” (a happy and prosperous new year for you). Continue reading

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Cleopatra – a woman that has gone astray ?

Cleopatra a story that went around the world

cleopatra“Cleopatra took Caesar by a cunning maneuver that showed Caesar her saucy ingenuity.”
At least this is what Plutarch writes about the rendezvous of Cleopatra in the Palace of Alexandria that should change the world.
Cleopatra had Apollodoros wrap her in a carpet or laundry bag and carried her on his shoulders to Caesar. He was pleasantly surprised when he suddenly saw a beautiful woman coming from the unusual hiding place. The Queen of Egypt was supposed to have been very attractive so that Caesar fell in love with her. Continue reading

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