What scared the Romans?

I can’t help to think that a great podcast would be “Boo!  What Scared the Romans.”

After all, they lived in one scary time.  Cities were destroyed, wholesale slavery, death in the arena, mixed in with a belief system of mythological creatures and gods and punishment  which one example is merited out by an eagle eating the liver of Prometheus for giving fire to man.

“Oh, come one!  The gods are mad at us for having fire?  Great, isn’t life hard enough?” My urban Roman says from under his blanket.

I have a hard time wondering what was scarier than a good barbarian invasion.

What went bump in the night for the Romans?

Any ideas?


  • Simon Peel · November 24, 2012 · 6:49 am

    The biggest fear for the Romans was the sea. They had a huge hoodoo about he sea and took any storm as a sign from the Gods to turn back. It completley froze a trench of soldiers on the French Coast in Claudius’ invasion. They roundly refused to board ships for feat of retribution.

  • Vicky Alvear Shecter · November 24, 2012 · 1:02 pm

    Lightning. The dead. Chickens off their feed. Curses. Pocked sacrificial livers. You name it, I think!

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