According to Ray Laurence, the author of Roman Passions: A History of Pleasure in Imperial Rome, the top 10 passions of Ancient Romans were the following:-

  1. Binge Drinking
  2. Getting Naked
  3. Grand Designs
  4. Older Women
  5. Younger Men
  6. Singing and Dancing
  7. Violence
  8. Collecting Things
  9. Food
  10. Pleasure

(Well – I can add most of those to my “favourite things”.  Just tone down numbers 1 and 2 a bit and get rid of number 7.)