Julius Caesar Daily Routine

Gaius Julius Caesar (12 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

Here is our representation of of typical Roman day, Julius Caesar style.

7:00 AM: Wake up.

7:15 AM: Jentaculum (Breakfast), consisting of something small, such as a pancake. Served by wife, maid or slave. Romans typically ate with their hands, but archaeologists have found ancient spoons.

8:00 AM: Leave for work by foot or chariot.

9:00 AM: Arrive. Confer with the Senate about new laws, and polical issues.

10:00 AM: Speech made, rallying citizens.

11:00 AM: Prandium (Lunch), consisting of a light meal, probably bread and cheese and possibly meat.

11:15 AM: Lunch over.

2:00 PM: In the heat of the day, a small nap was taken.

4:00 PM: Work over.

4:30 PM: Caesar would probably head to the bath house, to clean up from the long day and exercise. Romans believed that exercise and cleanliness were essential to your health.

5:15 PM: Cena (Supper), the largest meal of the day. Most rich, important people had guests for dinner, and this could last for a long time. Probably served by slaves or servants.

7:00 PM: Social time. Guests often stayed after dinner to discuss entertainment and the latest news in politics.

9:00 PM: Pre bed time snack. Roman’s usually ate a small meal before going to sleep. The small meal usually consisted of fruit and bread.

10:00 PM: Candles out.


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