Rome wasn’t built in a day, but according to a new TikTok theory, men think almost as much about its ancient empire.
A bizarre new social media trend has emerged that men think about ancient Rome “at least” three times a week – and according to the many people who were surveyed, that’s partly true.
Started with a viral tweet, on the social media platform X – formerly known as Twitter – Reverend Kelsey Lewis Vincent said she saw an Instagram Reel “that said something like ‘women have no idea how often the men in their lives think about the Roman Empire.’
This prompted her to ask her loved one if ancient civilization had ever crossed his mind, and she wrote incredulously: “And without missing a beat, he replied, ‘Every day.’ ‘All of you! Why ?’
Started with a viral tweet, on social media platform how often men in their lives think about the Roman Empire”‘
The sudden interest in the Roman Empire appears to have started in August, after a Sweden-based Roman reenactor, Gaius Flavius, shared a video on Instagram.
The tweet sparked a trend encouraging women to test it and ask the men in their lives how often they think about the Roman Empire.
The sudden interest in the Roman Empire appears to have started in August, after a Sweden-based Roman reenactor Gaius Flavius shared an Instagram Reel that simply said: “Ladies, many of you don’t realize how often men think about the Roman Empire.”
He then suggested that many women might be surprised by their answers – and he wasn’t wrong.
Spoiler alert, like the poster in the original tweet, many women have discovered that men think about the old empire a lot more than they thought; with all the roads in male brains apparently leading to Rome.
One New York-based man told DailyMail.com he thinks about the ancient empire “at least once a week” – even though it ended with the last emperor in 476 AD.
“Yesterday I wondered whether or not people could see the fall that was happening around them,” the 33-year-old mused, adding jokingly: “I saw someone drinking coffee in a plastic bag, which must indicate that the American empire is at an advanced stage.’
Another man told DailyMail.com that he definitely thinks about it “three to five times a week, for sure.”
“I think about empire and the extent to which empires get so big that they can’t sustain themselves and collapse (a lot),” the 30-year-old explained. But he assured DailyMail.com that while he had other things on his mind, he said “Rome is definitely in the top five.”
The Roman Empire shaped many aspects of our modern life, including: language, food, philosophy, architecture, warfare, entertainment, sports, mythology and culture.
On TikTok, the hashtag #romanempire now has over 900 million views, most of them from people wondering why it’s a topic we think about so often and why it’s mostly men who are consumed by thoughts of a form of government established in 27 BC.
Rome enthusiast Gaius Flavius (pictured) takes part in re-enactments which he posts on his Instagram page
The Roman Empire is known for its military, political and social institutions, as well as its road network – which is still sometimes used as the basis of highways today.
On TikTok, the hashtag #romanempire now has more than 900 million views, most of them from people wondering why this is a topic we think about so often and why it’s mostly men who are absorbed in thoughts of a form of government established in 27 BC.
The Roman Empire is known for its military, political and social institutions, as well as its road network, which is still sometimes used as the basis of highways today.
The empire’s innovations in culture, law, religion, and technology have impacted governments and legal systems today – but it’s not just their astute urban planning and operations tight military forces who constantly have in mind the men linked to Rome.
According to historians, Western societies’ dramatic retellings of Roman history may be the origin of men’s association with masculinity.
Hannah Cornwell, a historian of the ancient world at Britain’s University of Birmingham, speculated that this might be due to the images evoked when ancient Rome is mentioned – spurred by Hollywood dramatizations like Gladiator and Spartacus.
She told the Washington Post The first thing that comes to mind when talking about ancient Rome is “an image of the Roman legion, the imperial eagle and that kind of military aspect.”
She added: “With gladiators, who have long been associated with masculinity and power.”
According to historians, the dramatic accounts of Roman history in Western societies may be the origin of men’s association with masculinity.
Historians suggest that Hollywood’s depiction of the Roman Empire is what fueled men’s obsession with it.
Ancient Roman historian Lewis Webb told the publication that ancient Rome was “patriarchal and violent,” which could explain why men find it so intriguing.
“But it was also a diverse place,” he added. “There were many forms of masculinity, women could have agency and power, and there were multiple gender expressions and identities, as well as diverse sexualities. »
Social media is still figuring out why there are so many men in their lives, with creator Sam, who uses their pronouns, asking her husband in a video how often he thinks about it – responding ‘every day’ .
Their music video is finished 5.2 million views with thousands of people sharing their own Roman tales.
“I texted my husband, ‘How often do you think about the Roman Empire?’ “And he said, ‘twice today, why?'” one perplexed woman wrote.
“How could they think several times a day about the Roman Empire, what are these thoughts,” replied another perplexed TikToker.
“So my algorithm tells me my next boyfriend should think about the Roman Empire?” asked another. “Is this what good men do?”