Shopping in ancient Rome

There were plenty of shopping opportunities in ancient Rome: the biggest markets were the Trajan’s markets, which housed around 160 botteghens on different floors. In addition to the everyday food, you could also buy fine fabrics, spices and perfumes that were imported from overseas. Even today, the well-preserved rooms give an idea of the everyday bustle. But there were also markets in Rome that were only focused on the sale of groceries: the fish market in the “Jewish ghetto” whose sales counters can still be seen today, and the Forum Boarium, the livestock market on which the famous Mouth of the Truth is.


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