This week, all women shared a stunning realization: The Roman Empire is always on men's minds. Naturally, this discovery sparked a hilarious trend on TikTok of girls asking the men in their lives how often they think about the fallen civilization.
Ashley Lance uploaded a viral video of her asking her boyfriend the number one question right now: "How many times do you think about the Roman Empire?" At first, her man responded with "Not a lot," so she followed up with another inquiry. "When was the last time you thought about it?" Lance asked.
"Maybe a week or two ago?" he responded.
Tons of videos yielded similar results, with some men stating they think about it weekly, and others revealing that these thoughts were a daily occurrence.
None of this is really all of that surprising when you think about it. The Roman Empire is far more grand than men's menial lifestyle in modern society, greatly embodying masculinity. According to historian Hannah Cornwell, the first thing that comes to mind is "an image of the Roman legion, the imperial eagle and that sort of military aspect – along with gladiators, which has a long association with masculinity and power." Besides manliness, let's not forget how the Roman Empire's influence is present today. They shaped our language and infrastructure. They're behind the growth of Christianity. The Romans first successfully implemented concrete in construction (though theirs was vastly different from today). They developed aqueducts, roads, the Julian Calendar, the news, etc. You get the point.
But if men think of the Roman Empire frequently, then what do women think about?
Women Share Their Roman Empire
I had to look at the social media posts from women who revealed their Roman Empire to find out, and there doesn't seem to be one answer. Unlike men, it appears that women differ from each other, at least when it comes to what we fixate on.
Men tend to think about civilizations and their wars and achievements, but women appear to remember the horrific historical events. I've seen several responses from women saying they think of the Titanic often. Similar to how the girlies love murder mysteries and true crime, the sinking of the Titanic appeals to us because it's horrendous. It's possible that James Cameron's movie adds a layer to this, considering it's one of the most memorable tales of romance and tragedy in cinematic history.
A beloved figure, Princess Diana became one of the most famous women in the world in the '80s. We all remember her for her charm, passion, and kindness, but I think it's safe to say that we often think about her demise and the murky details surrounding it. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash. The question is, was it planned?
The Salem Witch Trials
This is self-explanatory. The Roman legion consisted of men, and the Salem Witch Trials mostly prosecuted women. It's a story of extreme injustice with gruesome details. Innocent people were accused, tried, and executed based on unsubstantiated accusations and hysteria. While I don't think about the Salem Witch Trials specifically, I do have thoughts about the European Witch Trials in the 14th and 15th centuries here and there.
Tom Holland’s “Umbrella” Performance
The greatest match to ever occur on the Lip Sync Battle was between Tom Holland and Zendaya. The Spiderman actor's hilarious performance while wearing latex shorts and stockings is something we simply cannot forget.
The Ex-Best Friend
Whether you and your ex-best friend had a falling out or just naturally grew apart, there's probably a high chance that you think about them often. I know I do. I think about my old best friends at least once a week. Luckily, they're mostly happy memories.
Many women say they think about getting kidnapped, which is unfortunate.
Of course, not every girl would agree with this list. I think most women think about their immediate surroundings and the near future, for the most part. For example, their family life, romantic relationships, job, and the book or show they're currently into. Sometimes they'll have thoughts about someone we were close to. I guess this is more proof that men and women are different, not just biologically.
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