By J. C. McKeown
Here's a whimsical and beautiful choice of ordinary evidence, unusual ideals, outlandish evaluations, and different hugely fun trivialities of the traditional Romans. we have a tendency to contemplate the Romans as a realistic individuals with a ruthlessly effective military, an exemplary felony process, and an actual and stylish language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities exhibits that the Romans have been both in a position 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 exciting quantity round significant themes--The military, ladies, faith and Superstition, relatives existence, medication, 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 stronger 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 lower than torture." (Justinian)
· On dreams:
Dreaming of consuming books "foretells virtue to academics, teachers, and a person who earns his livelihood from books, yet for everybody else it ability unexpected death"
· On food:
"When humans unwittingly devour human flesh, served by means of unscrupulous eating place vendors and different such humans, the similarity to red meat is frequently noted." (Galen)
· On marriage:
In historic Rome a wedding can be prepared even if the events have been absent, as long as they knew of the association, "or agreed to it subsequently."
· On well-being care:
Pliny caustically defined clinical money owed as a "down check 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 background, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities bargains unending delights.
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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.
64). , vi olet, “it smells strongly”) (St. 19). nomen atque omen A name and an omen. Plautus Persa 625 • IV • Ed uc at i o n caedi discentes, quamvis id receptum sit, minime velim Although it is usual to ﬂog pupils, I really do not approve the practice. , when Crates of Mallos came to Rome as an ambassador from the king of Pergamum (in western Turkey). He had to open a school to make a living after he broke his leg by falling into the Cloaca Maxima (Main Drain) near the Palatine hill. Porcius Latro, a distinguished teacher of rhetoric in the Augustan period, had a pale complexion, caused by incessant study.
22 • a c abinet of r oman c uriosities The Romans named the ﬁve known planets Mercurius, Venus, Mars, Iuppiter, and Saturnus. The corresponding Greek names Stilbon (“Shining”), Phosphoros (“Light-Bringer”), Pyroeis (“Fiery”), Phaethon (“Shining”), and Phaenon (“Shining”) are not so distinctive. ” All the stars were believed to be ﬁxed in the vault of the sky equidistant from the earth. The Romans and Greeks thought that Saturn was close to the outer limit of the universe. Uranus, named after the Greek word for “sky” and “heaven,” is the closest of the planets that are invisible to the naked eye and were therefore unknown in antiquity.
A cabinet of Roman curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from the world's greatest empire by J. C. McKeown