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 magnificent evidence from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded attention-grabbing and will be a enjoyable learn. it truly is really beautiful attention-grabbing, yet it is not that enjoyable. it truly is primarily a word list of Roman evidence 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 genuine. it truly is most likely a greater publication for choosing up and interpreting 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 interesting sufficient.

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The Latin word musculus means both “little mouse” and “muscle,” since muscles rippling under the skin were compared to little mice. In the same fanciful way, St. Isidore of Seville (c. d. 117). , 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).

Narcissus: as punishment for spurning the love of the nymph Echo, Narcissus was made to fall in love with his own reflection. ). 128) more prosaically supposes that the flower is so named because eating it causes numbness (νάρκη, narce). 95). onopordon acanthium: cotton thistle, the emblem of Scotland, derives its name from ὄνος (onos, “donkey”) and πέρδομαι (perdomai, “pass gas”). 110, in the translation of Philemon Holland [1601]). orchid: ὀρχίς (orchis, “testicle”). 95). A variety of olive was also known in antiquity as the orchid, from the shape of its fruit.

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). By their bitterness they make the face of anyone who tastes them sad (St. 75). narcissus: as punishment for spurning the love of the nymph Echo, Narcissus was made to fall in love with his own reflection. ). 128) more prosaically supposes that the flower is so named because eating it causes numbness (νάρκη, narce).

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