The Holy Roman Empire, glorious and flourishing. The empire with the best socio-political organization in history. The one that left us an unprecedented artistic-cultural legacy. The empire that boasts the most beautiful and functional architecture in history. That of the 105 emperors. Yes, really him. In such unrelated perfection, lack of things to make your skin crawl. And so here are the disgusting things that took place in ancient Rome.
In some areas of the empire, pee was considered an excellent mouthwash. The Romans were in fact convinced that it helped whiten teeth. I don't know about you, but it seems normal to us that the yellow of pee can give this illusory effect by contrast, as opposed to clear water. No, we won't try this old grandma Augusta method.
Even more disgusting things than ancient Rome
The latter is well known but it never hurts to repeat. During banquets, the ancient Romans gorged themselves on food. When they couldn't take it anymore… no, they didn't stop eating. They threw up to make room for more food and wine. There were special bowls for this noble habit. But some still preferred not to formalize and do it on the ground.
Rome: the city that made the most of its aqueducts. How far ahead they were in plumbing! Still, something was wrong in the bathrooms. Apparently, public toilets were rarely cleaned and it was not uncommon to get lice. There were other beasts so disreputable that the Romans, while doing their business, even relied on magic for their protection. This was done through superstitious drawings that were found on the walls. Furthermore, toilet paper did not yet exist and the ancient Romans had the disgusting habit of sharing a sponge tucked into a stick, to be used to clean themselves as soon as they had finished defecating. A sponge for everyone of course, not one each.
Gladiators were the answer to practically everything. Their blood, when drunk, was believed to be a cure for epilepsy. Their sweat, mixed with the dead skin that was produced when the gladiators anointed themselves with oils before the fight, was instead used by women as a face cream. If the gladiator was a winner, the same disgusting mix was even ingested because it was believed to be an aphrodisiac.