The Roman Empire trend has taken over, and countless friends are shocked at how much space the historical period takes up in their friends’ minds. But why do so many men think so much about it? Let’s dive in.
If you’ve spent any time on social media in the last few weeks, you’ve probably come across the somewhat bizarre Roman Empire trend on TikTok. Rome’s imperial period is usually a topic for historians to ponder, but in fact it seems to concern more people than one would initially expect.
What is Roman Empire trending on TikTok?
The intriguing “Roman Empire” TikTok trend began when Kelsey Lewis Vincent exposed men’s secret fixation with this particular period of history.
“I saw an IG reel that said something like, ‘Women have no idea how often the men in their lives think about the Roman Empire.’ She wrote. “So I asked my husband, ‘How often do you think about the Roman Empire?’ And without batting an eyelid he said, “Every day.” YOU! Why!?”
And so a new trend emerged when thousands of women started asking their partners how often they think about the Roman Empire. The women shared their answers online, which often ranged from “every single day” to “always.”
Why do men supposedly always think about the Roman Empire?
There have been some attempts to explain this strange phenomenon online. Some men have said that they think of this era frequently because of its lasting impact on the present.
The Roman Empire’s contribution to language, architecture, law, literature and military is undeniable, so it stands to reason that the Roman Empire is remembered in everyday life. Certain men who value heritage and infrastructure may also think about why things are the way they are and how they came to be – which takes them back to the Roman Empire.
Meanwhile, video games like Rome Total War can also make people think about what life was like 2,000 years ago.
Furthermore, various psychologists have tried to explain the Roman Empire trend on TikTok and one of the reasons could be strength, power and dominance.
After To one expert, the Roman male gladiator conjures up images of the alpha male, and this dominant individual is something that some modern men aspire to.
Others argued that this prosperous period of history is a “source of inspiration, escapism and nostalgia for men who want to explore and understand the past” and that it can “connect it to themes of leadership, authority and cultural significance.”
Do people really think about the Roman Empire as much as they seem?
The Roman Empire is certainly a fascinating period of history. In general, the Roman Empire stretches from the fall of the Roman Republic in 27 BC. and the rise of the first emperor Augustus to the abdication of Romulus Augustulus in 476 AD, which is generally viewed as the fall of the Roman Empire.
However, as the TikTok trend began to develop into a meme, some wondered if men were simply playing along to amuse and entertain their girlfriends.
Many men made the admission without being asked. Maybe they spend more time on TikTok than their spouses realize and are simply pre-empting a reaction to shock their partners.
Who knows – maybe women are constantly thinking about their random version of the Roman Empire too.
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