While agate could likely be acquired much more cheaply, aristocratic Romans were serious about their agate.
Nor would they be as feared as the Romans who conquered and followed them.
We want our primal fill like the Romans forcing some standard-stealing barbarian on a flaying parade.
He would have been comfortable among the Romans, for they went a little wacko over books.
Tribes killing their neighbors and burning their fields were now depriving the Romans of soldiers to conscript and produce to tax.
Will ye that I tell you somewhat of the ways of these Romans of the garth?
This time the Romans decided to be thorough in their work of destruction.
Then indeed every hope of better things abandoned the Romans, and every form of evil encompassed them round about.
After that the Romans sailed over from Italy and conquered her again.
The Romans, who expected to find a defenceless population, imagined that the storming of the place would be an easy matter.
Old English, from Latin Romanus "of Rome, Roman," from Roma "Rome" (see Rome). The adjective is c.1300, from Old French Romain. The Old English adjective was romanisc, which yielded Middle English Romanisshe.
As a type of numeral (usually contrasted to Arabic) it is attested from 1728; as a type of lettering (based on the upright style typical of Roman inscriptions, contrasted to Gothic, or black letter, and italic) it is recorded from 1510s. Roman nose is from 1620s. Roman candle as a type of fireworks is recorded from 1834. Roman Catholic is attested from c.1600, a conciliatory formation from the time of the Spanish Match, replacing Romanist, Romish which by that time had the taint of insult in Protestant England.
"a novel," 1765, from French roman, from Old French romanz (see romance (n.)); roman à clef, novel in which characters represent real persons, literally "novel with a key" (French), first attested in English 1893. And, for those who can't get enough of it, roman policier "a story of police detection" (1928).