Do you ever think about the Roman Empire? Even though it ended in 476, its influence can still be seen today.
The Romans gave the Western world many things like roads, books, and calendars. Latin, the official language of the Roman Empire, is also the basis for modern languages like Italian, Spanish, and French.
Surprisingly, the Roman Empire has had an unexpected impact on social media, particularly on TikTok. A trend has emerged where women ask men, often their partners or family members, how often they think about the Roman Empire.
Many men in these videos said they think about it quite a bit, with some even saying every day. Videos with the hashtag "romanempire" on TikTok have over a billion views.
Interestingly, this trend began on Instagram, initiated by a Swedish history influencer named Artur Hulu, who is part of a Roman re-enactment group. He posts videos and funny sketches dressed as a Roman soldier.
Hulu encouraged women to ask men about their thoughts on the Roman Empire, and many were surprised by the responses.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Hulu explained that he noticed a significant gender gap in interest in Roman history. In his re-enactment society, there are 16 men and only two women.
Part 2: Vocabulary Words and Definitions
Influence: The effect or impact of something on a person, thing, or situation.
Basis: The foundation or starting point for something.
Hashtag: A word or phrase preceded by a hash symbol (#), used on social media to identify and categorize content.
Re-enactment: The act of recreating or acting out a historical event or period.
Initiator: Someone who starts or launches something.
Gender Gap: The difference in opportunities, status, and attitudes between men and women in society.
Surprisingly: In a way that is unexpected or astonishing.
Encouraging: Giving support, motivation, or approval to someone.
Responses: The answers or reactions given to a question or situation.
Skits: Short, humorous performances or sketches.
Part 3: Questions from the Text (Simplified)
What are some of the things the Western world can thank the Romans for?
How has the Roman Empire unexpectedly influenced social media, particularly TikTok?
Who initiated the trend of asking men how often they think about the Roman Empire, and where did it start?
Why did Artur Hulu encourage women to ask men about their thoughts on the Roman Empire?
What gender gap did Hulu notice in his Roman re-enactment society, and how did he address it?