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By J. C. McKeown

ISBN-10: 0199750521

ISBN-13: 9780199750528

Here's a whimsical and beautiful selection of unusual proof, unusual ideals, outlandish critiques, and different hugely fun trivialities of the traditional Romans. we have a tendency to examine the Romans as a realistic individuals with a ruthlessly effective military, an exemplary criminal process, and an actual and stylish language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities indicates that the Romans have been both in a position to strange superstitions, logic-defying customs, and sometimes 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, girls, faith and Superstition, kin existence, medication, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for fast 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 risks 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 really to be believed except given lower than torture." (Justinian)

· On dreams:
Dreaming of consuming books "foretells virtue to lecturers, academics, and someone 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 old 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 future health care:
Pliny caustically defined scientific debts as a "down money 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 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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Nec bonum nec malum vagina gladium facit A scabbard makes a sword neither good nor bad. 13  • VI • Rom an s at S e a Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis, e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem It is pleasant, when the winds are tossing the waters and the sea is high, to watch from dry land someone else’s great difficulty. 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.

190–c. ), the greatest of all ancient astronomers. Pliny, who was commander of the important naval station at Misenum, has interesting opinions about seafaring. 132). Cupids fishing.

He should do this whether it is true or not, for deceit is needed in great crises. 1). The word for a military camp, castra, was popularly derived from the adjective castus, meaning “chaste,” or from the verb castrare, “castrate,” since sexual desire was castrated there. d. 193–211) was the first to permit serving soldiers to marry. Military camps were always laid out the same way, so that soldiers would know where to go if the alarm were sounded. 26). 13). When the Senate conferred on him a triumph due to Trajan, Hadrian declined it for himself, but had an effigy of Trajan borne along in the triumphal chariot, so that his predecessor should not lose the honor of a triumph even after death (Historia Augusta Life of Hadrian 6).

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