The recent TikTok trend is about the ancient Roman empire, as women are observing that men think about this magnificent empire quite alot.
Who would have thought that 21st century men frequently think about the thousands of years old Roman empire. But here we are, as videos are circulating on TikTok with women asking their male partners or friends about how often they think about the Roman empire.
One woman’s fiance responded “Three times a day,”. He followed this by saying “There’s so much to think about.” Another man replied, “They built an entire world-dominating society” as a justification for thinking about the Romans frequently.
The responses are quite interesting. Firstly, the men begin with saying that they do not think about it that often and then go on to say that they think about it once a week. Women are baffled at how men are thinking about this thousands of years old part of history that is not much relevant to us in modern-times on a weekly basis.
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Moreover, what is more interesting is that there is clearly a gender divide here, where only men suggest that they think about the Romans and not women. However, after these videos started trending another conversation spurred on TikTok, where women started talking about the particular moments in history that they think about the most.
Salem Witches and Princess Diana were common occurrences and personalities that most women shared they frequently think about. There is definitely something going on here, where popular imagination has overly emphasized on some feminine and masculine aspects of certain historical events and so people continue to remember them via a gendered perspective.
So whenever anyone thinks about the Roman empire, they constantly think about strong military men and technological and military advancement. Hannah Cornwell, a historian of the ancient world at Britain’s Birmingham University, said that since the 19th century historians have studied the ancient roman era from a military warfare perspective due to their over reliance on elite and masculine sources of information.