By J. C. McKeown
"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and outstanding proof from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded attention-grabbing and will be a enjoyable learn. it's truly lovely fascinating, yet it isn't that enjoyable. it 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 really is stretching to be interesting. The proof are, good, simply actual. it really is most likely a greater booklet for choosing 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 exciting sufficient.
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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. Nero began a project to dig a canal across the Isthmus of Corinth, to provide an alternative to the long and dangerous route around the Peloponnese. He struck the ﬁrst three blows at the earth with a golden pickaxe ceremoniously handed to him by the governor of Greece.
Allegedly to carry on an aﬀair with Caesar’s wife. He was actually born into the aristocratic family of the Claudii, but, to further his career as a populist politician, he changed the spelling of his name to its less distinguished form and had himself adopted into a plebeian family in which his adoptive father was younger than he was (Suetonius Life of Tiberius 2). 15). 5). The Persian king Cyrus could remember the names of all his soldiers. A member of the Scipio family could call every Roman citizen by his name.
200). , was a hero in the Second Punic War. He was twice captured by Hannibal and kept in chains for twenty months, but twice he escaped. 104–105). When Scipio decided that enough of his troops were in the city, he unleashed the majority of them against the citizens, according to Roman practice, with orders to kill without mercy anyone they came upon and not to turn to plundering till the signal was given. The reason for this policy is, I think, to inspire terror. ). The Macedonians were used to ﬁghting Greeks and Illyrians, and so had only seen wounds inﬂicted by spears and arrows, and occasionally by lances.
A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire by J. C. McKeown