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By J. C. McKeown

ISBN-10: 0199750521

ISBN-13: 9780199750528

Here's a whimsical and appealing number of peculiar proof, unusual ideals, outlandish evaluations, and different hugely fun trivialities of the traditional Romans. we have a tendency to ponder the Romans as a realistic individuals with a ruthlessly effective military, an exemplary felony approach, and an actual and chic language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities exhibits that the Romans have been both able 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, ladies, faith and Superstition, kin existence, drugs, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for fast looking or extra planned intake. one of the book's many gem stones are:

· Romans on city living:
The satirist Juvenal lists "fires, falling structures, and poets reciting in August as risks to lifestyles in Rome."

· On more advantageous interrogation:
"If we're obliged to take proof from an arena-fighter or another such individual, his testimony isn't to be believed until given below torture." (Justinian)

· On dreams:
Dreaming of consuming books "foretells virtue to lecturers, teachers, and somebody who earns his livelihood from books, yet for everybody else it potential unexpected death"

· On food:
"When humans unwittingly devour human flesh, served by means of unscrupulous eating place proprietors and different such humans, the similarity to red meat is usually noted." (Galen)

· On marriage:
In historic Rome a wedding should 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 clinical money owed as a "down fee on death," and Martial quipped that "Diaulus was once a physician, now he is a mortician. He does as a mortician what he did as a doctor."

For a person looking an inglorious glimpse on the underside of the best empire in historical past, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities deals never-ending delights.

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The Persian king Cyrus could remember the names of all his soldiers. A member of the Scipio family could call every Roman citizen by his name. 88). Hadrian often corrected his own nomenclatores, for he was able to remember a person’s name even after hearing it only once and along with many others (Historia Augusta Life of Hadrian 20). A front-rank centurion angered the emperor Gaius by calling him Caligula (“Little Army-Boot”). Since he was born in camp and had been brought up among soldiers, this is what he used to be called, and he was never so well known to the soldiers by any other name, but once he started to wear big boots he considered Caligula an insult and a disgrace (Seneca On Firmness 18).

To refer to Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) as Naso or to Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) as Maro is antiquated. To call Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Tully has long gone out of fashion, while Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus) has never been known as Crispy, and Marcus Porcius Cato has always been known as Cato. d. 3609). That Iulius is used three times, and Silius twice, will have made it that much easier for him to remember who he was. c. when he was alerted to their approach by the cackling of Juno’s sacred geese.

6). , the armaments that he captured included 120 large catapults and 281 smaller ones intended for use in sieges. 166). 6). d. 9). You could appreciate the power of the catapult by the events of that night. A soldier standing on the wall near Josephus was struck by it. His head t he a rmy • 39 Germans executing Germans under the supervision of the Roman cavalry, on the Column of M. Aurelius, which nowhere portrays even a single dead Roman. 246). 43). The statue was so big that it could be seen from the Alban Mount, some ten miles away, and the bronze filings left over from the construction were sufficient for Carvilius to have a statue of himself made from them, which stood at the feet of the statue of Jupiter.

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