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By J. C. McKeown

Here's a whimsical and beautiful selection of ordinary proof, unusual ideals, outlandish evaluations, 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 felony approach, and an exact and stylish language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities exhibits that the Romans have been both able to strange superstitions, logic-defying customs, and sometimes hilariously derisive perspectives in their fellow Romans and non-Romans.
Classicist J. C. McKeown has prepared the entries during this wonderful quantity round significant themes--The military, girls, faith and Superstition, relatives existence, drugs, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for fast searching 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 more advantageous interrogation:
"If we're obliged to take proof from an arena-fighter or another such individual, his testimony isn't really to be believed except given less than torture." (Justinian)

· On dreams:
Dreaming of consuming books "foretells virtue to academics, academics, and someone who earns his livelihood from books, yet for everybody else it capacity unexpected 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 historic Rome a wedding might be prepared even if the events have been absent, as long as they knew of the association, "or agreed to it subsequently."

· On wellbeing and fitness care:
Pliny caustically defined clinical accounts 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 heritage, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities bargains unending delights.

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