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    DescriptionThe ancient Greeks were a wonderful people. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and many forms of art and branches of science would be inconceivable without them. And yet they were capable of the most outlandish behavior, preposterous beliefs, and ludicrous opinions. Nearly everything in this book illustrates the not-quite-so wonderful aspects of Greek life and thought. Like its companion volume, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities, this is an amusing and serendipitous miscellany of odd stories and facts, culled from a lifetime of teaching. In some ways, the book hopes to show how much the Greeks were like us. Politicians were regarded as shallow and self-serving. Fat people resorted to implausible methods of weight control. Even Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their children by riding around on a stick pretending it was a horse. Of course, their differences from us are abundantly documented, too-and the book may leave readers with a few incredulous questions. To ward off evil, were scapegoats thrown down from cliffs, fitted out with feathers and live birds to give them a chance of survival? Did a werewolf really win the boxing event at the Olympic Games? Were prisoners released on bail so that they could enjoy dramatic festivals? Did Greeks wear an amulet, to promote virility, the penis of a lizard caught while mating? Did anyone really believe that Pythagoras flew about on a magic arrow? Other such mysteries abound in this wonderfully illustrated and charming journey into the "glory that was Greece."

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    A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities
    Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. C. McKeown
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 225 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 430 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199982103
    ISBN 10: 0199982104

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Approval Code: A01980000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    Abridged Dewey: 938
    B&T Approval Code: A14202030
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    DC22: 938
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: REF007000, LIT016000, HIS002010
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    DC23: 938
    LC classification: DF78 .M35 2013
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    81 illus.
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    12 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    J. C. McKeown is Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, coeditor of the Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature, and author of Classical Latin: An Introductory Course and A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities.
    Review quote
    In a witty miscellany, McKeown acknowledges the idealised status of classical Greece, but brings it down to our brute level by quoting judiciously from its satirical poets, speculative philosophers, brutal princes and self-serving politicians. The Times Wide reading and an enquiring mind have supplied McKeown with a vast store of quirky information. Eastern Daily Press
    Table of contents
    Preface ; CHAPTER 1 Food and Drink ; CHAPTER 2 Children and Education ; CHAPTER 3 Women ; CHAPTER 4 Sex ; CHAPTER 5 Animals ; CHAPTER 6 Athens ; CHAPTER 7 Sparta ; CHAPTER 8 Alexander the Great ; CHAPTER 9 Greeks at Sea ; CHAPTER 10 Greeks and Barbarians ; CHAPTER 11 Athletics ; CHAPTER 12 Homer ; CHAPTER 13 Drama ; CHAPTER 14 Spectators and Critics ; CHAPTER 15 Books and Papyri ; CHAPTER 16 Philosophers ; CHAPTER 17 Mathematics ; CHAPTER 18 Science and Technology ; CHAPTER 19 Art ; CHAPTER 20 Tourists and Tourist Attractions ; CHAPTER 21 Religion, Superstition, and Magic ; CHAPTER 22 Prophecy ; CHAPTER 23 Words and Expressions ; CHAPTER 24 The Soros ; Glossary ; The Coin Images ; Illustration Credits