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Life in Rome Was Rome a pleasant city to live in Well writers who wrote about it say that they didnt think so This is based on survived writings One big reason why life was not that good was the plan of the city To many buildings were being built Emperors were building too many impressive marble temples Then in the residential areas were the insulae They are unplanned blocks of poorly built apartment buildings These buildings were for the ordinary Roman They were built very closely and building collapse was common Nero made a more systematic reconstruction of the buildings He used brick concrete instead of wood Even though he did this less than twenty years later half the city got on fire This probably happened because the Romans use torches oil lamps and cooked on gas stoves An hour couldnt go without a fire starting somewhere The streets of Rome were also very noisy especially at night This was because Caesar said that chariots were allowed on the streets only after sunset The streets were also very crowded So even when the chariots werent there the people were Another very chaotic place was the Argiletum This is the most known shopping center in the empire Most Romans didnt own land The average Roman had little privacy and still less money Most Romans who lived in the city were craftsmen shopkeepers or general laborers Trade was always conducted on a small scale This was because each merchant was responsible for himself The large trading place was between the Forum and the Tiber The tradesmen and the bankers worked together The artisans and craftsmen had their own district If people were in the same trade they would join together to form a collegia When children were born they were placed at the front of their fathers house so the father could inspect the baby The father could accept or reject the child
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