People’s fascination with the Romans is completely understandable given the fact that we owe the Romans many of the benefits of modern civilization. This being said, most of the things the general population knows about the Romans come from TV shows and documentaries. It is therefore not uncommon for myths and hearsay to get mingled with factual information from time to time, especially when these shows are based on biased observations from unreliable historians.
To help clear out some of the most common misconceptions about the Romans, we thought it would be wise to address some of the most popular myths perpetuated by Hollywood productions and TV shows. Here are the ten biggest myths about the Romans most of you would have already heard about by now.
9Plebians were poor
We often refer to people of lesser status as ‘plebs’ the same way we assume the ancient Romans would. This is not true, actually, as plebians were considered to be members of the general populace of Rome. While the privileged class was referred to as Patricians and were generally wealthy, plebians were not all poor. In fact, it wasn’t unlikely for certain plebians to acquire quite a bit of wealth because of their trade or business proficiency, even though wealth didn’t really elevate their class.