Monday, January 9, 2017

Italy Blog #75: Standard of Living Declines from 1 AD to Middle Ages

Ancient Roman baths
In this Italy trip blog, we'll show you how the standard of living declined from 1 CE (AD) to the Middle Ages. We learned about this decline as we were touring through the ancient Roman ruins area of Rome in May 2016. What's sad is that so much education, architectural techniques and science learned by the ancient romans was lost when the Roman Empire fell. Here's the contrast:

Life in 1 A.D. (or Common Era) Rome - At this time, the ancient romans bathed for 20 minutes a day. They exercised. They constructed viaducts and had operational sewage systems that carried waste away from populated areas. The average life span of ancient Romans was 55 years old.

WHAT IS THE MIDDLE AGES? - That's the the period of European history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West (5th century) to the fall of Constantinople (1453), or, more narrowly, from circa 1100 to 1453.

Ancient romans daily baths
Life in the Middle Ages Rome - People no longer bathed daily, or even weekly or monthly for that matter! (Imagine the filth and bacteria on them). Instead they perfumed themselves heavily to mask their body odor. The didn't exercise anymore. They also lost the technical know-how to build sewage systems and instead tossed their waste into the city streets, which spread disease. The average life span in the middle ages dropped by 20 years to just 35 years old. 

NEXT: Ancient Roman Clothing

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next