Asking my husband how often he thinks about the Roman empire TikTok trend.

How Often Do You Think About the Roman Empire?

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Related Explainer: Why Do Men Think About The Roman Empire So Often? The 'Roman Empire TikTok Trend' And Viral Question Explained

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How Often Do You Think About the Roman Empire?, also known as Asking My Husband How Often He Thinks About the Roman Empire or the Roman Empire TikTok Trend, refers to a 2023 Instagram Reels and TikTok trend in which women asked the men in their lives (husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers, etc.) how often they think about the Roman empire. When asked, the men predominantly said that they think about Rome frequently, resulting in the women being surprised by that. The participatory trend gained traction in September 2023, eliciting reactions and responses from both men and women online who tried to reason with and describe the phenomenon of men's fascination with the ancient empire, as well as users adding their own versions of "my Roman empire" with different things they frequently think about. Much of the discourse centered on the "red flag" status of a man's answer. Discourse about the phenomenon originally surfaced in late 2022, due to Swedish influencer Saksia Cort (@saskiacort).

Origin

On September 25th, 2022, Swedish influencer Saskia Cort posted to Instagram[1] a series of 10 screenshots showing DMs and comments about how often men thought about the Roman empire, inspired by a story she posted in which she asked her followers to ask their male partners and friends the question. When translated to English, the description of her post read, "Ask any guy if he thinks about Roman empire / More contributions are saved in my profile under highlights 'guys eat' and 'the kingdom of Rome' / A hug from the male scientist." Over the course of one year, the post gained roughly 3,000 likes (six examples, shown below).


Ja De gjorde en del idag 08:03 tänker du ofta på romarriket Bara Andreas varför då jaha brukar du och dina grabbar prata om det ihop Tänker du på antikens Grekland ibland då? "Ja det är klart!" Jag *kiknandes* varför då? "För det kommer alltid upp i vardagen o saker påminner mig!" Hahah men ge mig exempel! "Typ när man badar o vattnet svämmar över?? Arkimedes?!" (Vi har aldrig haft ett badkar) Min kille säger att han är mest intresserad av "den sena republikens rom" och har också en tatuering av någon som heter Cicero från, hans favorit-romare. Jag frågade hur ofta han tänker på romarriket och han svara "ja det blir väl nån timme om dagen" Jag "Brukar du tänka på romarriket?* Min kille 26 år "jag tänker på romarriket flera gånger i veckan och har gjort det de senaste 15 åren" Frågade min kille om han tänker på romarriket. Först sa han nej. Sen medgav han att han dock hade en tanke om att basera en bok han vill skriva på ett händelseförlopp under romarriket fast flytta fram det till ungefär 100 år fram från vår tid nu. Jag ba ok så du tänker mycket på romarriket. Han ba ja Har svarat på din händelse Har svarat på din händelse ge Pored H Det GÅR inte att ta in att Sveriges "alla" straighta-vanliga- killar ofta går runt och tänker specifikt på romarriket???? Haha min kille har också erkänt att han ibland tänker på romarriket Var tvungen att fråga min kille om detta idag och tydligen tänker han på romarriket varje gång han ser fisksås. För "dom åt mycket fisksås i romarriket" It's gone international. Tog upp Romargate igår på syrrans 25- årsfest. Förklarade för några av tjejorna om dina stories sen sa jag "Kolla!" Och ropade till syrrans brittiska kille "How often do you think about the Roman Empire?" Varav han svarar "Like quite often actually. Like when I'm walking down a street (?!) I almost always think of the expression All the roads lead to Rome. And then I start thinking of other things Romans did."

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Sakshi Cort's theory quickly gained eminence on the Swedish internet, evident in a news article published by Mitti Göteborg[8] on November 25th, 2022.

The trend gained prominence on the American internet on August 19th, 2023, when Instagram[2] user @gaiusflavius posted a Reel that had text reading, "Ladies, many of you do not realise how often men think about the Roman Empire. Ask your husband/ boyfriend/father/ brother you will be surprised by their answers!" The Reel gained roughly 51,900 likes in one month (shown below).



Going into September 2023, women online started to post videos in which they asked the men in their lives how often they thought about the Roman empire. For instance, on September 1st, 2023, TikToker[3] @whitelocksvstheworld posted a video asking, presumably, her partner the question who responded with "every day," gaining roughly 192,800 plays and 7,800 likes in 13 days (shown below).

@whitelocksvstheworld

Lol i am blown away by this trend.

♬ original sound – Ashley Whitelock

On September 5th, 2023, X/Twitter[4] user @KelseyMLoo posted about the original Instagram Reel, stating, "So I asked my husband: 'How often do you think about the Roman Empire?' / And without missing a beat he said 'Every day.' / YALL! Why!?" receiving roughly 25,900 likes in nine days (shown below).


Rev. Kelsey Lewis Vincent @KelseyMLoo I saw an IG Reel that said something along the lines of "women have no idea how often the men in their lives think about the Roman Empire." So I asked my husband: "How often do you think about the Roman Empire?" And without missing a beat he said "Every day." ... YALL! Why!? 9:25 PM. Sep 5, 2023 7.7M Views

The trend started to gain significant virality when TikToker[5] @thatadhdlife posted a video on September 13th, 2023, about the phenomenon, referencing @KelseyMLoo's X[4] post. Her video received roughly 1.2 million plays and 136,200 likes in one day (shown below, left). Then, later on September 13th, TikToker[6] @idkhowyoufoundme posted a video asking her boyfriend the question, gaining roughly 1.3 million plays and 221,200 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).

@thatadhdlife #greenscreen The only thing I remembered about rome was that it wasn’t built in a day. I really wish I had a different childhood and paid attention in school because clearly, i’m missing out on Roman Empire facts that don’t live with me on a weekly basis. #thatadhdlife #justcallmeT #romanempire #romanempirefan #couplehumor ♬ original sound – Just call me T

@idkhowyoufoundme

he got so defensive😭😭 once a week is insane

♬ original sound – ashley lance

Viral videos following the trend continued to surface on TikTok[7] going into mid-September 2023, with users creating variants of the original for topics they commonly think about under the catchphrase "my Roman empire."[9]

Various Examples

https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7278460008155630890
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7278497088336514350
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7278410652371275051
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7278668718383828270

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