Romans regularly ate to excess, so much so that they had a vomitorium, a place where they could purge then continue eating.
Probably not but the all you can eat buffet here in town is another story
I like these questions. I was just googling old wives tales and common misconceptions the other day for fun because everyone keeps saying the cold weather is making them sick!! Lol.
Well I guessed wrong...
Thumbs up for being educational, though.
These questions are a great way to dispel common historical myths. Who keeps down voting them??!?
People who do not like their myths corrected.
I've seen vomit bowls in German pubs.
Haha, just trying to see how many people blindly click "true" to whatever you say?
No, just trying to take some common misconceptions and give out actual information. As you can see by the results, a lot of people believe untrue things. Likely they were told this particular fact by a teacher at some point.
I think a vomitorium has nothing to do with vomiting.
Thanks for setting the record straight. I'd never heard of this before!
It looks a bit like "motel of the mysteries", a parody about archeology. Mwahaha :)
I really hate this myth. Vomitorii are areas in stadiums (should be stadia) that people enter and exit from, effectively spewing them out (or into) the stadium, NOT a place where Romans puked there food up.
Hehe, exactly. It was mixed up with the purported feather to incite vomiting, as well as some reports about Roman orgies like Petronius' satyricon libri (cena Trimalchionis). Who knows, maybe one day Burger King will be seen as a monarch :)
Doesn't everyone know that?
A vomitorium was an egress from tight spaces, so that crowds could get out. BUT look at this:fascinatinghistory.blogspot.com/2005/05/roman-vomit-collectors.html
This is false.