‘How often do you think about the Roman Empire?’ joke is taking over TikTok and we're cracking up at these responses

If by 'Roman Empire,' you mean Lizzie McGuire's middle school trip to Rome, then yes, we're also always thinking about it

The 'How often do you think about the Roman Empire?' joke is going viral on social media. Pictured: Man holding instant film photo in front of The Colosseum at sunset
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Thanks to the "How often do you think about the Roman Empire?" joke, TikTok is being treated to a history lesson—and some unexpected surprises. While apple cider vinegar is being touted across FYPs as an acne hack and the rose sex toy from Lovehoney is gaining viral status, we've somehow transported ourselves back in time.

It all began with Arthur Hulu, Gaius Flavius on the interwebs, stating, "Ladies, many of you do not realize how often men think about the Roman Empire" in a Saturday, August 19 video. In turn, women have been asking boyfriends, husbands, fathers, brothers, etc. how often they think about the famously fallen regime, and as it turns out...pretty frequently. 

No one is entirely sure when men are enamored with this specific time period, but they are definitely thinking about it on the reg. (Case in point below.) Here are the funniest reactions to the viral social trend. 


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Funniest reactions to the 'How often do you think about the Roman Empire?' joke

In typical viral fashion, the joke took off and now everyone is asking the males in their lives about the Roman Empire. Of course, other savvy internet users have put their own spin on the LOL moment. Have a look at some of the best responses out there...

1. Byzantine FTW

*New trending incoming*

2. 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'

Do women *also* think about the Roman Empire? You mean, Lizzie McGuire's middle school trip to Rome? Absolutely. 

3. 'Jersey Shore'

As it turns out, descendants of Rome also made their way to the Jersey Shore many generations later...

4. 'The Chronicles of Narnia'

Sure, the Roman Empire is the "it" historical time period right now, but how often are you daydreaming about *~Narnia~*

4. Harry Styles

Some of us have taken to the internet to share our version of the Roman Empire, a.k.a. the subject of our most frequent thoughts. Of course, Harry Styles is among them. 

5. Historical Landmarks

People aren't just getting in on the trend...so are skyscrapers, apparently. 

6. Jerry Seinfeld

Imagine if this happened during the Seinfeld era?!

7. 'Fleabag'

Honestly, when are we not thinking about Phoebe Waller-Bridge? 

8. All-American Divas

Some of us attended alternate history classes. 

9. 'Succession'

If you were curious what the fall of the Roman Empire was like...

10. *Our* Roman Empire

Instead of thinking about an old society, women will turn their attention toward that one embarrassing thing that happened on August 17, 2016 at 12:43pm that no one else even remembers.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.