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    DescriptionIn "How to Mellify a Corpse," Vicki Leon brings her particular hybrid of history and humor to the entwined subjects of science and superstition in the ancient world, from Athens and Rome to Mesopotamia, the Holy Land, Egypt, and Carthage. Leon covers subjects as diverse as astronomy and astrology, philosophy and practicalities of life and death (including the titular ancient method of embalming), and ancient mechanical engineering. "How to Mellify a Corpse "of course invokes legendary thinkers (Pythagoras and his discoveries in math and music, Aristotle's books on politics and philosophy, and Archimedes' "Eureka" moment), but it also delves deeply into the lives of everyday people, their understanding and beliefs. A feast for the curious mind, "How to Mellify a Corpse "is not only for those with an interest in the experimental: it's for anyone who's inspired by the imagination and ingenuity humanity uses to understand our world.

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    How to Mellify a Corpse
    And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science & Superstition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Vicki Leon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802717023
    ISBN 10: 0802717020

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Approval Code: A33740000, A50120000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 509.3
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 509.3
    BISAC V2.8: OCC016000
    LC classification: Q124.95 .L46 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    Walker & Company
    Imprint name
    Walker & Company
    Publication date
    06 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Vicki Leon is a writer, traveler, and historian who has built a wide readership with her Uppity Women series. She lives in Morro Bay, California. Her website is www.vickileon.com.
    Review quote
    "In this delightful follow-up to "IX to V," Leon explores the tangled webs of science and superstition in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and other ancient societies. With her characteristic deadpan humor, verve, and wit, she brings to life the practices of ordinary folks as they sought practical ways to avoid the evil eye, battle stronger enemies, and understand strange and marvelous astronomical events ... Leon's rollicking tour helps us see that the daily lives and worries of the ancients were not far removed from our own."--"Publishers Weekly""A captivating read from start to finish."--Alan Hirshfeld, astrophysicist and author of "Eureka Man""MARVELOUS STUFF! Leon deftly combines modern research with ancient lore to lift the lid on the classical world's weird and wonderful, from solar fountains to lethal lipstick."--Ruth Downie, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Medicus"""