A cabinet of Roman curiosities : strange tales and by J. C. McKeown PDF

By J. C. McKeown

ISBN-10: 0199750521

ISBN-13: 9780199750528

Here's a whimsical and attractive number of strange evidence, unusual ideals, outlandish reviews, 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 method, and an exact and chic 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 geared up the entries during this exciting quantity round significant themes--The military, girls, faith and Superstition, kinfolk existence, drugs, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for speedy searching or extra planned intake. one of the book's many gemstones are:

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

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

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

· On food:
"When humans unwittingly devour 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 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 historical past, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities bargains never-ending delights.

Show description

Read Online or Download A cabinet of Roman curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from the world's greatest empire PDF

Best ancient & classical books

Read e-book online On the Characteristics of Animals, Volume III, Books 12-17 PDF

Aelian (Claudius Aelianus), a Roman born ca. one hundred seventy CE at Praeneste, was once a student of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practised rhetoric. specialist in Attic Greek, he turned a significant pupil and studied historical past lower than the patronage of the Roman empress Julia Domna. He it appears spent all his lifestyles in Italy the place he died after 230 CE.

Apologetics in the Roman Empire : Pagans, Jews, and by Mark J. Edwards, Martin Goodman, Simon Price, Chris Rowland PDF

This ebook is a complete survey of the discussion among pagans, Jews, and Christians within the Roman empire as much as the time while Constantine declared himself a Christian. each one bankruptcy is written through a exceptional student and is dedicated to a unmarried textual content or team of texts with the purpose of opting for the possible viewers, the literary milieu, and the conditions that ended in this kind of writing.

Download PDF by Horace: Satires, Epistles and Ars Poetica (Loeb Classical Library

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65–8 BCE) was once born at Venusia, son of a freedman clerk who had him good informed at Rome and Athens. Horace supported the ill-fated killers of Caesar, misplaced his estate, turned a secretary within the Treasury, and started to write down poetry. Maecenas, lover of literature, to whom Virgil and Varius brought Horace in 39, turned his buddy and made him mostly autonomous by means of giving him a farm.

Simplicius : on Aristotle physics 1.3-4 by Simplicius, C.C.W. Taylor, Pamela M. Huby PDF

During this quantity Simplicius is facing Aristotle's account of the Presocratics, and for plenty of of them he's our leader or perhaps sole authority. He charges at size from Melissus, Parmenides and Zeno, occasionally from their unique works but in addition from later writers from Plato onwards, drawing relatively on Alexander's misplaced statement on Aristotle's Physics and on Porphyry.

Extra info for A cabinet of Roman curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from the world's greatest empire

Example text

When Cicero himself entered public life, his friends urged him to change his rather droll name. He is said to have replied that he would do his best to make it more distinguished than any of the great names in Rome. When he was dedicating a piece of silver plate to the gods, he had the engraver inscribe the names Marcus and Tullius, and then complete the sequence with a representation of a chickpea (Plutarch Life of Cicero 1). n a mes Greeks also could have what seem to us rather peculiar names.

128) more prosaically supposes that the flower is so named because eating it causes numbness (νάρκη, narce). 95). onopordon acanthium: cotton thistle, the emblem of Scotland, derives its name from ὄνος (onos, “donkey”) and πέρδομαι (perdomai, “pass gas”). 110, in the translation of Philemon Holland [1601]). orchid: ὀρχίς (orchis, “testicle”). 95). A variety of olive was also known in antiquity as the orchid, from the shape of its fruit. ranunculus: literally, “little frog” (rana), for no obvious reason the name of a large family of flowers, including buttercups, crowfoots, and the lesser celandine.

Tunneling was an important part of siege warfare. 21). A comparable incident seems to have occurred during Livy’s own lifetime. While Octavian was besieging Perugia (see p. 193), he received unfavorable sacrificial omens, but when a party of soldiers burst out from the city and carried off the sacrifice, they inadvertently brought the bad omens upon themselves (Suetonius Life of Augustus 96). , Lucullus’s army was impeded in its tunneling under the city of Themiscyra when the inhabitants drove bears, other wild animals, and swarms of bees into the tunnels.

Download PDF sample

A cabinet of Roman curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from the world's greatest empire by J. C. McKeown


by Ronald
4.2

Rated 4.30 of 5 – based on 43 votes