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

Author: J C McKeown
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Here is a whimsical and captivating collection of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia of the ancient Romans. We tend to think of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army, an exemplary legal system, and a precise and elegant language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities shows that the Romans were equally capable of bizarre superstitions, logic-defying  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McKeown, J.C.
Cabinet of Roman curiosities.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009043574
(OCoLC)457160508
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J C McKeown
ISBN: 9780199750528 0199750521 0195393759 9780195393750
OCLC Number: 630187753
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 243 pages)
Contents: Family life --
Women --
Names --
Education --
The army --
Romans at sea --
The law --
Farming --
Medicine --
Religion and superstition --
The life of the mind --
Foreigners --
Slaves --
Animals --
Spectacles --
Food and drink --
Decadence --
buildings --
Pompeii and Herculaneum --
Toilets --
Not for the puritanical --
Tempus fugit --
Kings, consuls and emperors.
Responsibility: J.C. McKeown.

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Here is a whimsical and captivating collection of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia of the ancient Romans. We tend to think of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army, an exemplary legal system, and a precise and elegant language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities shows that the Romans were equally capable of bizarre superstitions, logic-defying customs, and often hilariously derisive views of their fellow Romans and non-Romans. Classicist J.C. McKeown has organized the entries in this entertaining volume around major theme.

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McKeown has provided us with an amazing jumble of information ... This amusing little collection would make a nice gift for graduating Classics majors or friends interested in Rome. * William K. Read more...

 
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