The Roman army comprised two distinct classes of soldier and regiment. Infantrymen in the legions were Roman citizens. Most cavalry units, on the other hand, were "auxiliary" units, made up of men from the provinces who were awarded citizenship only on completion of their service.
Armed male dancers who participated in the cult of the Goddess Cybele
A Greek term for Indian philosophers, probably Hindus, who practised asceticism and insisted on a vegetarian diet
Female followers of the cult of Dionysus, they were reputed to engage in frenzied wine-induced dances involving sexual excess and, sometimes, violence
The Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortolania), a small bird eaten as a delicacy in ancient Rome and, into recent times, in France
One of the primary festivals of ancient Rome, held in honour of the God Saturn, from 17th-23rd December
A predominantly working class district of ancient Rome, known for its crowded tenements, rowdy taverns and many brothels.