By J. C. McKeown
Here's a whimsical and eye-catching selection of bizarre proof, unusual ideals, outlandish reviews, and different hugely a laugh trivialities of the traditional Romans. we have a tendency to consider the Romans as a practical individuals with a ruthlessly effective military, an exemplary felony approach, and an exact and chic language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities indicates that the Romans have been both in a position to strange superstitions, logic-defying customs, and infrequently hilariously derisive perspectives in their fellow Romans and non-Romans.
Classicist J. C. McKeown has equipped the entries during this pleasing quantity round significant themes--The military, girls, faith and Superstition, kin lifestyles, drugs, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for fast searching or extra planned intake. one of the book's many gemstones are:
· Romans on city living:
The satirist Juvenal lists "fires, falling constructions, and poets reciting in August as risks to existence in Rome."
· On superior interrogation:
"If we're obliged to take facts from an arena-fighter or another such individual, his testimony isn't to be believed except given below torture." (Justinian)
· On dreams:
Dreaming of consuming books "foretells virtue to lecturers, academics, and a person who earns his livelihood from books, yet for everybody else it capability surprising death"
· On food:
"When humans unwittingly devour human flesh, served by way of unscrupulous eating place proprietors and different such humans, the similarity to red meat is frequently noted." (Galen)
· On marriage:
In old Rome a wedding will be prepared even if the events have been absent, as long as they knew of the association, "or agreed to it subsequently."
· On future health care:
Pliny caustically defined scientific accounts as a "down cost on death," and Martial quipped that "Diaulus was a physician, now he is a mortician. He does as a mortician what he did as a doctor."
For somebody looking an inglorious glimpse on the underside of the best empire in heritage, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities bargains never-ending delights.
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1–2 The Carthaginians used to keep their trading activities secret. When a Carthaginian captain saw that a Roman ship was following him, he deliberately ran his ship aground, thus wrecking the pursuing ship as well, and preventing the Romans from ﬁnding out his trading destination. 11). , was the longest uninterrupted war in antiquity. , the consul Gaius Duillius inﬂicted a surprise defeat on the Carthaginians in the Battle of Mylae oﬀ Sicily. He was awarded a triumph, and the right to be escorted by a torchbearer and a ﬂute player on his way home from dinner (Livy History of Rome Summary of Book 17).
A cabinet of Roman curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from the world's greatest empire by J. C. McKeown