3/ Ornatrix: A fancy term for an ancient hairdresser. Of course only the rich and royal could afford one, and the job was not easy. The hair style changed from week to week, and these hairdressers could not rely on dye and wigs to change it up. Instead, for dark hair they needed to work with rotten leeches (they were the best for a deep black color), bile, and squid ink. For blonde hair, you would have had to mix together pigeon poop and ashes and hope it was strong enough to strip dark hair of its colors. Not so fun is it?
4/ Vestal Virgin: Vestal Virgins had an important job, they were the only female priests in Ancient Rome and they had to keep the ‘vestal flame’ burning at the temple of Vesta, Goddess of the family. The job description read: ‘Teen female virgin wanted for thirty year service. Must be Roman, having all limbs, and not the child of a slave.’ If she could not maintain her virgin status, she would be buried alive. If the fire went out, the girl responsible would be flogged until the skin was broken and she bled. Now, if you were one of these vestal virgins and slept in and as a result the flame went out, that was seen as a loss of your virgin status. Essentially, you would be buried alive for sleeping in.
5/ Dentist: Being a dentist these days can be rough, but imagine being one in a time where dental hygiene was not something that was practiced. They loved to eat delicacies like rotten fish sauce and eels so all in all it was a joy to work on Roman mouths. Wine was used as an anesthetic which sounds wonderful! Until you hear that when they would pull a tooth out, a red hot poker was put on the open wound and then it was stuffed with rotten fish. No wine could get us through that. It seems it was worse to be a patient to be fair….
6/ Fortune Teller: You may be wondering what could be so bad about being a fortune teller? Read a couple palms, analyze some stars. Easy work. Not so, because Ancient Rome liked to make things gross, at least by today’s standards. The way that fortune telling happened back in the day, was the fortune teller would analyze the guts and organs of a sacrificed animal. So you are basically digging around in dead animals and then mulling over their insides to see some divine prophecy.
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