By J. C. McKeown
Here's a whimsical and eye-catching choice of unusual evidence, unusual ideals, outlandish reviews, and different hugely a laugh trivialities of the traditional Romans. we have a tendency to think about the Romans as a practical individuals with a ruthlessly effective military, an exemplary felony procedure, and an actual and chic language. A cupboard of Roman Curiosities exhibits that the Romans have been both in a position to extraordinary 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 interesting quantity round significant themes--The military, ladies, faith and Superstition, relations existence, drugs, Slaves, Spectacles--allowing for fast looking or extra planned intake. one of the book's many gemstones are:
· Romans on city living:
The satirist Juvenal lists "fires, falling constructions, and poets reciting in August as dangers to lifestyles 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 to be believed until given less than torture." (Justinian)
· On dreams:
Dreaming of consuming books "foretells virtue to lecturers, academics, and an individual who earns his livelihood from books, yet for everybody else it ability surprising 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 historic Rome a wedding should 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 clinical money owed as a "down fee 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 historical past, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities deals never-ending delights.
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154, criticizing the repetitive dullness of the highly conservative and unimaginative school curriculum V • • T h e Ar my bellum, hoc est minime bellum War, that is to say not at all nice. c. 24). Being an agricultural people, the Romans originally fought their wars only in the summer, between sowing and harvest, since winter makes troop movement diﬃcult. c. This innovation was hotly debated: If a war is not ﬁnished in the summer, our soldiers must learn to wait through the winter and not, like summer birds, look around for shelter as soon as autumn comes.
22, in one of his many outbursts of disgust at his schooldays). A boy should begin his education with the Greek language, since he will in any case absorb Latin, the language which most people use. Another reason for starting with Greek is that Latin studies are derived from Greek. 12). 9272; U, e ducation • 31 W, Y, and Z are not in the original Latin alphabet), suggesting that students were expected to display considerable agility in learning the alphabet. Quintilian recommends that very young children be given ivory letters as toys to encourage them to learn their alphabet.
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