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A Roman Slum with a Tavern. (circa AD 100) (Peter Connolly/insulae /user: Aethon)

A Roman Slum with a Tavern. (circa AD (Peter Connolly/insulae /user: Aethon) Even though Gaius Julius Caesar was of a patrician family, he was born and raised in Subura, a slum area such as depicted here.

Daily life around a Roman insula. Roman apartment buildings contained vendors on the first floor and living quarters on the floors above. The apartments in the insulae lacked most basic amenities, such as kitchens and bathrooms. As a result, Romans lived a highly communal lifestyle. The lower classes used public baths and toilets, ate in restaurants, and spent leisure time in common spaces, like the forum.

Daily life around a Roman insula. Roman apartment buildings contained vendors…

A macellum is an ancient Roman indoor market building that sold mostly provisions. The building normally sat alongside the forum and basilica, providing a place in which a market could be held. Image from "City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction" by David Macaulay.

A macellum is an ancient Roman indoor market building that sold mostly…

Rome, Forum of Caesar: Cut away view of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar, early 1st Century A.D.

Rome, Forum of Caesar: Cut away view of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar, early Century, CE.

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Reconstruction of Roman insulae (apartment blocks) at Ostia - Insulae were basically appartment blocks, and became common in cities like Pompeii with large populations.

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