Monday Morning Smile LV – What have the Romans done for us Anyway?


With apologies to Monty Python (they have a famous comedy sketch “what have the Roman’s done for us anyway – check out the links at the bottom…

Well, I’ve been back from Italy and Greece for a few days now….and I am pondering what the Romans have done for us.
Oh sure, there are the incredible feats of engineering, the incredible arts & sciences, philosophy, economics, aqueducts, and the like….but,  what have they really done for us???

Ever been to a football game? How about a MMA fight? NHL hockey game? Where do you think this bloodlust came from? That’s right, the Romans.
The Colosseum sat 50,000 spectators. Keep in mind this was over 2000 years ago. It is hot there, so what did they do? They put a canvas roof over it. The SkyDome of its day. So what did the good citizens of Rome go to see? Gladiators! the athletic mega-stars do battle.


And what would 50,000 spectators do today (besides cheer, holler, and otherwise makes ninnies of themselves)?  Some tailgating, eating, drinking, maybe some graffiti artwork….Well guess what? – nothing has changed.

Here is a picture of Roman graffiti at the coliseum in Rome that dates to the 5th century B.C. etched into the marble.  IMG_0222

All those 50,00 romans eating and drinking (yes, they had concession stands) means some heavy-duty latrines were necessary. Well, the Romans invented that too. Check out those Roman latrines. They even had slaves as toilet attendants!


Sure, the Pantheon is impressive, the Forum is impressive, the aqueducts gave the million ancient Roman inhabitants clean water, but how advanced is a society when they can get 50,000 spectators to come watch a couple of athletic superstars bash each other to death, and have the infrastructure in place to not only feed them, but also to take all that effluence away?! Incredible.

And it wouldn’t be a Monday Morning Smile without a small dilbert cartoon….(click to enlarge)

dilbert roman or here…


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