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By J. C. McKeown

Here's a whimsical and eye-catching selection of atypical proof, unusual ideals, outlandish reviews, and different hugely a laugh trivialities of the traditional Romans. we have a tendency to give some thought to the Romans as a realistic individuals with a ruthlessly effective military, an exemplary criminal approach, and an exact and chic language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities exhibits that the Romans have been both able to extraordinary 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 interesting quantity round significant themes--The military, ladies, faith and Superstition, relatives lifestyles, drugs, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for speedy shopping or extra planned intake. one of the book's many gem stones are:

· Romans on city living:
The satirist Juvenal lists "fires, falling constructions, and poets reciting in August as dangers to existence in Rome."

· On better 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 potential surprising death"

· On food:
"When humans unwittingly consume human flesh, served via unscrupulous eating place proprietors and different such humans, the similarity to beef is frequently noted." (Galen)

· On marriage:
In historical Rome a wedding may be prepared even if the events have been absent, as long as they knew of the association, "or agreed to it subsequently."

· On overall healthiness care:
Pliny caustically defined scientific debts as a "down money 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 an individual looking an inglorious glimpse on the underside of the best empire in historical past, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities deals unending delights.

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