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Roman silver spoon and fork. Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Public Domain.

This Roman Gadget Was Clearly Designed to Impress (Video)

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In the realm of the Roman era, renowned for its grand architecture and sculptures, it's the everyday artifacts that resonate on a personal level. Amidst lavish dinner parties that characterized Roman life, a particular utensil stood out – a combination of spoon and fork, a gadget of its time designed to impress. Much like flaunting a modern handheld device, it exuded an air of sophistication. Practicality intertwined with opulence defined this invention. Romans didn't dine conventionally; they reclined on couches, leaving one hand free.

This dual-purpose tool allowed them to effortlessly navigate their sumptuous feasts, a reminder of their affluence and ingenuity. Similar to today's society's penchant for nonessential gadgets and souvenirs, Romans indulged in luxury. This parallel between the ancient world and our modern existence adds a layer of relevance, bridging the temporal gap. While we can't journey back in time, connecting our contemporary lives to the past brings history closer, making it tangible and personal.

Source: Roman silver spoon and fork. Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Public Domain.

By Robbie Mitchell



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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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