A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising by J. C. McKeown

By J. C. McKeown

"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and wonderful evidence from the World's maximum Empire." i presumed it sounded attention-grabbing and will be a enjoyable learn. it truly is truly lovely attention-grabbing, yet it isn't that enjoyable. it really is primarily a thesaurus of Roman evidence prepared byt subject (family, meals, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in every one part, it truly is stretching to be wonderful. The evidence are, good, simply real. it really is most likely a greater booklet for selecting up and studying an excerpt or at a time than a entrance to again learn. i attempted to learn it via and acquired bored, yet flipping round pages used to be unique adequate.

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D. 301, promulgated not long after this mosaic was created, set the daily wage for a farm worker at twenty-five denarii. “One and one, two; two and two, four [unum et unum duo; duo et duo quattuor] was a loathsome chant to me” (St. 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.

The Roman navy did not use galley slaves. The rowers, sailors, and marines were normally auxiliaries, who could expect to receive citizenship after serving for twenty-six years. ], Octavian did train twenty thousand slaves as oarsmen, but he gave them their freedom first (Suetonius Life of Augustus 16). Two years before he engineered the naval victory over Antony and Cleopatra at Actium, Agrippa, in his capacity as magistrate responsible for the maintenance of Rome’s water supply and sewers, sailed down the Cloaca Maxima into the Tiber.

23 There are several lizards and frogs lurking in the foliage on the lower frieze on the outer screen surrounding the Ara Pacis (the Altar of Augustan Peace). One of the many tombs that line the Via Appia is that of Publius Decimius Philomusus. Philomusus means “Lover of the Muses,” but an alternative meaning, “Lover of Mice,” is playfully suggested by the engraving of two mice nibbling at a cake. The Latin word musculus means both “little mouse” and “muscle,” since muscles rippling under the skin were compared to little mice.

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