There is nothing not trending on TikTok. Whether it is fashion, music, art, or any piece from history, the TikTokers know how to spot and spread it. This time, the users have come up with a strange trend – The Roman Empire Trend.
The Roman Empire trend has spread on social media like wildfire. “How frequently does one think about the Roman Empire?” forms its gist. The questions have been asked, and answers have been given. This trend doesn’t seem to stop!
Here’s everything to know about the Roman Empire Trend on TikTok.
What is the Roman Empire Trend on TikTok?
If you have been lately approached by someone or heard others discussing their propensity for pondering the ancient civilization over a brunch or gathering and found yourself confused, you are not alone. Per Google Trend data, there has been a 10-year high in searches for the term Roman Empire this month, making it nab the spot as the top trending subject related to facts. The search engine witnessed over 600 percent searches in the past week, with the search input like ‘Do guys think about the Roman Empire?’
What is the Trend all About?
To put it simply, this trend is based on the premise that men think about the Roman Empire more often than women, and so often, women in their lives are shocked to learn about its frequency.
The trend has propagated from an Instagram post and hasn’t stopped ever since. In fact, it spread more on TikTok, where the hashtag #RomanEmpire has garnered 1.2 billion views. Many users, especially women, seem to participate in the ongoing trend. They would simply pick up their phone cameras, approach a man in their lives, and ask them ‘how often do you think about the Roman Empire?’
While men began to answer their questions, it would also put them in utter confusion, especially when women would ask this question many times a day. As per one of the users, “There’s no way this is real, right? My (partner, dad, brother, friend, etc.) couldn’t possibly think about ancient Rome than often.”
The users began posting the reactions of men on their social media handles, prompting more numbers of users to jump on the bandwagon. So, why is the frequency of thinking about the Roman Empire more in men than women?
According to one of the users, “There’s so much to think about.”
Another one responded he thinks about the sewage system created during the empire each time he uses a bathroom. One more user stated everyone should think about it more often as many aspects of modern-day life are closely related to history.
The Foundation of the Roman Empire Trend
As stated, the trend did not start on TikTok itself but transitioned from Instagram to the former. A reference Instagram post was created by Gaius Flavius, a Roman reenactor who keeps posting about historical content. He created this post on the 19th of August and entertained 55,000 likes (a small number compared to the true reach). The post reads:
“Ladies, many of you do not realize how often men think about the Roman Empire. Ask your husband/boyfriend/father/brother – you will be surprised by their answer!”
While the posts could have been given a blind eye and taken as any other random Instagram post, they didn’t. On the contrary, it piqued enough interest and drew massive attention from the TikTokers. More numbers of women started engaging in this post and responded to the original videos with their own until it became a full-fledged trend of hundreds of independent videos and a hashtag #romanempiretrend. Currently, this hashtag entertains 31.1 million views.
Is the Trend Relevant?
One of the questions that you might want to seek an answer to is if this trend is relevant or not.
Well, it clearly depends on who you ask. While some users see it as a phenomenon or a light-hearted moment shared on social media, others consider this trend to have the potential to tell us something about ourselves. As per some experts, it also illustrates something deeper about what takes up space in the social consciousness of the two genders.
Some Celebrities have Joined the League
You will be surprised to learn that the Roman Empire Trend is not merely restricted to regular consumers of social media. This trend has become equally popular among a few celebrities. Australian singer Firerose asked her fiancé, Billy Ray Cyrus, how many times a day he thinks about the Roman Empire. In reply, he mentioned, “15 to 20 max.” He also specified he thinks mostly about gladiators over everything.
Another singer and actress, Kira Kosarin, took part in this trend and posted a video for her 31 million followers, asking her fiancé how often he thinks about the empire. Her fiancé replied, “Three times a day, there’s so much to think about.”
Actress Lisa Rinna asked her husband the same question. However, he answered a little differently – “Not very often. Maybe a couple of times a year.”
There are Contradictions Too!
While many people have been admirers of the great Roman Empire, some have taken this trend to a whole different level by relating it to Nicki Minaj. In one of the videos that garnered huge numbers of likes, a woman asks her husband what he thinks of the Roman Empire. He replied, “Like the Nicki Minaj album?”
Though Nicki Minaj doesn’t have an album by this name, she has an album called Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. There is another video, too, with 250,000 likes twisting the trend’s gender expectations. A woman asks her girlfriend how often she thinks about the Roman Empire. “The Nicki Minaj fans?” she replies.
“I think about the Roman Empire every damn day”, said one user before displaying the playlist of Minaj’s songs. “This is my Roman Empire, and I don’t even know if there is another one.”
The ancient civilization has had a lasting impact on the modern society we live in today. There’s a lot to learn about it. However, it still defies the explanation that the Roman Empire is on the minds of many men. It brings us to the same question – WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE?
Little Known Facts about the Roman Empire:
- Rome was founded by two brothers nursed by a she-wolf.
- Sometimes, the Romans would flood the whole Colosseum or Circus Maximus for a boat battle.
- Ancient Rome is not what you see on the surface. It is much lower than on the street level. It is because, after many hundreds of years, the city had piled up. Ancient Rome is underground.
- Two hills of Rome have given their names to words related to their roles in Ancient Rome. The word ‘capitol’ has been derived from Capitoline Hill. Similarly, the word ‘palace’ has been derived from the Palatine Hill.
- Romans used to feed on dormice and other weird foods, such as flamingos. They would eat their dinner lying on the couches.
- One of the weirdest things about the Romans is they used to wash their clothes in urine. Yes, you heard it right. Urine comprises ammonia, a powerful bleaching agent. The contents at the public urinals were collected daily and brought to the laundries.