By J. C. McKeown
"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and stunning proof from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded attention-grabbing and will be a enjoyable learn. it really is truly beautiful attention-grabbing, yet it is not that enjoyable. it truly is essentially a thesaurus of Roman proof prepared byt subject (family, nutrition, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in every one part, it's stretching to be unique. The proof are, good, simply genuine. it really is most likely a greater publication for choosing up and examining an excerpt or at a time than a entrance to again learn. i attempted to learn it via and obtained bored, yet flipping round pages was once unique sufficient.
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D. uk for January 18, 2009. As a countermeasure to assault by a battering ram, a sack ﬁlled with straw is let down to the point of impact, for the blows of the battering ram are deadened by the soft billowing sack (St. 11). When a military unit was guilty of mutiny or dereliction of duty, it could be punished by decimatio. Although the term “decimate” nowadays refers to wholesale destruction, it was originally used to describe the beating or stoning to death of every tenth (decimus) man in an army unit, chosen by lot, by his nine lucky colleagues.
The apparatus may have been designed by Hipparchus of Nicaea (c. 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.
Its seeds or ﬂowers are shaped like a dolphin (Pseudo-Dioscorides On Female Herbs 57). 71). geranium: γερανός (geranos, “crane,” from the similarity of its ﬂower to a crane’s bill). The name pelargonium, from πελαργός (pelargos, “stork”), was given in antiquity to a variety of geranium, not to the closely related ﬂower now so named. 37). ). 41). 26 • • • • • • • • • • a c abinet of r om an c uriosities lily: not all varieties of lily cultivated in antiquity were white, but St. 18). lupin(e)s were not associated with wolves (lupi).
A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire by J. C. McKeown