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 incredible evidence from the World's maximum Empire." i presumed it sounded attention-grabbing and will be a enjoyable learn. it really is truly lovely attention-grabbing, yet it is not that enjoyable. it really is essentially a word list of Roman proof prepared byt subject (family, nutrients, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in every one part, it's stretching to be exciting. The evidence are, good, simply actual. it really is most likely a greater e-book for selecting up and examining 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 exciting sufficient.

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More than twelve hundred shipwrecks from the period c. –c. d. 200 have been located in the Mediterranean, far more than from the next millennium. This decrease does not suggest that maritime skills improved, but rather that prosperity declined, reducing the importance of overseas trade. The same decline is indicated by the fact that the skeletons of domesticated cattle from Roman times are larger than from later periods. Most ancient wrecks are trading ships, often still laden with amphoras which preserve traces of their original content.

32). d. 9, were never again given to legions. d. 20 for the murder of Germanicus, grandson of Augustus’s wife, Livia, on the paternal side, of Mark Antony on the maternal, and father of Caligula. His name was struck from the consular records, and his son Gnaeus was allowed to retain half of his inheritance only on condition that he changed his praenomen. Unwanted children could be left to die. d. 369 (Select Latin Inscriptions 770). Roma was the state’s political name, but it had also another name, to be used only in mystery rites: the palindromic Amor (“Love”).

Polybius’s wording is a bit misleading: A suit of Roman armor made of crocodile skin. t he a rmy • 43 although they were proud of their ability to defeat enemies, such as the Gauls and Germans, who were physically much larger than themselves, the Romans were more than eighteen inches tall. Slingers from a particular region of western Greece used a triple strap in their slings, rather than a single one, so that they could throw stones just as accurately as arrows are shot from a bow. 29). One of the Vindolanda Tablets (see p.

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