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10 Truly Disgusting Facts About Ancient Roman Life


Sanitation in today’s society is extremely important. Hygiene is one of the first things that the opposite sex notices. An unhygienic person—no matter the looks—will never garner any attention whereas someone who is clean and smells good is going to exude much more charm and attractiveness. With the onslaught of hand sanitizers and washing your hands to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday’, we keep ourselves clean not merely for other people but also for our bodies and our immune systems.

So it’s pretty shocking when we look at Ancient Rome and realize all the disgusting things that they used to do.

Here is a list of 10 truly disgusting facts about Ancient Roman life.

1. Some UFC fighters today (Lyoto Machida to name just one) believe that drinking one’s own urine can boost their immune system and help them fend off bacteria, viruses and diseases.


2. But in ancient Rome, pee was such a huge commodity that the government had to issue special taxes to control the sale of urine!

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3. Some people had to collect urine, either going door to door asking for people’s assistance, or visiting the public urinal. But what’s even more disgusting is that Romans used to use urine to clean clothes! Yes, they would take clothes and soak them into a tub full of urine and have someone stomp all over them.

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4. And that’s not even the worst part, urine was used as mouthwash back then! In order to keep your teeth pearly white, people would clean their teeth using urine. I wonder if it was their own?

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