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    DescriptionThe ancient Romans have left us far more information about themselves than has any other Western society until much more recent times. But what we know about them is sometimes bizarre, and hardly fits the conventional view of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army and a very logical and well ordered language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities is a serendipitous collection of odd facts and opinions, carefully gleaned from the wide body of evidence left to us by the Romans themselves. Each highlights a unique and curious feature of life in ancient Rome. Readers will find a plethora of trivial but fascinating facts about Rome, from the fantastical (a description of werewolves) to the quotidian (styles of chamber pots), and from the refined (dining etiquette of Pompeiians) to the crude (punishments for mutineers). The author has organized the entries around major themes-e.g., The Army, Women, Education, Foreigners, Spectacles, etc.-making the book easily accessible for quick browsing or for more deliberate consumption. Throughout, the purpose of the enterprise is to amuse and to stimulate an interest in the ancient world's most remarkable and abundantly documented empire.

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    A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities
    Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. C. McKeown
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195393750
    ISBN 10: 0195393759

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 937
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
    B&T Approval Code: A23503000
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    LC classification: DG77 .M425 2010
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    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    07 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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    McKeown's scholia are tersely informative, enlivened by pertinent modern analogues, myth puncturing ... and dry witticisms. Barry Baldwin, Fortean Times Enjoyable surendipitous rummage. Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman A fascinating social history which should appeal to a wide readership. Anthony Looch, Oxford Mail Anyone dipping into this serendipitous book,,,will find enough surprising facts and strange tales to satisfy the most voracious quizzer. Daily Mail, Michael Simkins The book could persuade the most history-hating student to fall in love with ancient Rome. James McConnachi, Sunday Times Even for confirmed classicists, it's a highly entertaining read. James McConnachie, Sunday Times McKeown has provided us with an amazing jumble of information ... This amusing little collection would make a nice gift for graduating Classics majors or friends interested in Rome. William K. Freiert, International Journal of Classical Tradition