Women in 'disbelief' after discovering how much their boyfriends secretly think about Roman Empire
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If you constantly find yourself preoccupied by the period 27 BC to 476 AD then you're not alone, as women are discovering just how often their boyfriends think about the Roman Empire.
Now, it may be a slightly odd point in history to constantly crop up in your mind from time to time - but it would appear that a whole bunch of blokes can't help but delve into times of gladiators, emperors and global domination.
Oddly enough, the whole discourse actually first started on Instagram when Gaius Flavius, a Roman reenactor based in Sweden, shared a video to his 100,000 followers with an on-screen caption that read, "Ladies, many of you do not realise how often men think about the Roman Empire."
The overlay text went on: "Ask your husband/boyfriend/father/brother – you will be surprised by their answers."
It was only a matter of time before the question made its way on to TikTok with the hashtag 'romanempire' clocking up millions upon millions of views on the site.
The format of the videos usually follows a woman asking her partner: "How often do you think about the Roman Empire?" with their responses ranging anywhere from 'once a week', 'probably every other day' and even 'technically every day'.
The tongue-in-cheek trend has sent the internet into a complete frenzy, with many rushing into the comments section of the hilarious videos to share their reactions.
One TikTok user penned: "I forgot the Roman Empire existed until this trend happened."
A second wrote: "I literally never thought of the Roman Empire again after learning about it in history class as a kid."
"I’m convinced that they've all signed an unspoken agreement to just mess with us," joked a third.
The trend has become so prolific that one bloke, who goes by the handle @themasculineedge, even offered up his theories to explain the weird yet nonetheless fascinating Roman Empire trend.
He uploaded the rundown to TikTok with the caption: "Roman Empire trend explained from a man’s perspective."
"Men inherently have the need to conquer," he said. "We always have and we always will. We want to conquer. We want to conquer everything. We’re adventurous. We need and seek that, and if we don’t have it then we imagine it."
The man continued: "There’s a quote: 'The masses of men lead lives of quiet desperation.' If your man is thinking about their own empire and then conquering, it’s because he’s not conquering enough in his life himself."
So there you have it - if you're ceaselessly plagued by thoughts of the Roman Empire, it's time to get conquering in your own life, whatever that means.