Few ancient civilizations boast a history as illustrious and renowned as the Roman Empire. When your history teacher talks about Rome, they teach you about their architectural feats and civic achievements.
Accomplishments such as aqueducts and the concept of presumed innocence tend to overshadow many less appealing stories and qualities about ancient Rome.
Though history prefers to remember the Romans as an advanced and civilized people, an examination of Roman ruins quickly reveals an Empire engaged in all sorts of debauchery and violent behavior.
For the sake of decency, your history teachers tend to avoid these chapters. But in all honesty, they make for much better reading than The Aeneid.