"In the city's Forum, or public gathering place, wealthy Roman women shopped for goods, accompanied by their slaves."
"people live in filthy neighborhoods filled with crime and disease. Their children were lucky to survive past age ten"
Wealthy Romans lived in grand houses, built of stone and marble. Thick walls shut out the noise and dirt of the urban city. Nearby, many of the poor crowded into tall apartment buildings. Others lived in small apartments above the shops where they worked. Without proper kitchens, the poor cooked their meals on small portable grills, which filled the rooms with smoke.
Food and Drink
In wealthier families, boys and girls were tutored by their fathers, or often by slaves, until they were about six years old. Many poor children in Rome were sent to work instead of to school in order to learn trades, such as leatherworking and metalworking, to earn money for their families.
There were many forms of recreation in Rome. Wealthy Romans had a lot of leisure, because slaves completed the work. The rich enjoyed plays in theaters and musical performances in one another's homes. Both rich and poor often relaxed at Rome's public baths where they could bathe, swim, exercise, and enjoy a steam bath or a massage. The baths also had gardens, libraries, shops, and art galleries.
What Romans cooked and ate depended on whether they were rich or poor since only the rich could afford kitchens in their homes. The poor cooked on small grills and depended on “fast-food” places called thermopolia (therm-op-oh-LEE-ah), where people could purchase hot and cold foods that were ready to eat.