- from Roman Empire
In ancient Rome, there were great differences between the lives of rich and poor people. The poor lived in the dirtiest, noisiest, most crowded parts of the city.
Their houses were poorly constructed four- and five-story apartment buildings that usually lacked heat, water, and kitchens. The rooms of the poor had little furniture—perhaps only a chair or stool and a bed. Few poor children learned to read or write.