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 fascinating and will be a enjoyable learn. it's really lovely fascinating, yet it is not that enjoyable. it really is primarily a word list of Roman evidence prepared byt subject (family, meals, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in each one part, it really is stretching to be exciting. The evidence are, good, simply authentic. it's most likely a greater ebook for choosing up and examining an excerpt or at a time than a entrance to again learn. i attempted to learn it via and received bored, yet flipping round pages was once wonderful adequate.
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31). occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros Rehashed cabbage is the death of wretched teachers. 154, criticizing the repetitive dullness of the highly conservative and unimaginative school curriculum V • • T h e Ar my bellum, hoc est minime bellum War, that is to say not at all nice. c. 24). Being an agricultural people, the Romans originally fought their wars only in the summer, between sowing and harvest, since winter makes troop movement diﬃcult. c. This innovation was hotly debated: If a war is not ﬁnished in the summer, our soldiers must learn to wait through the winter and not, like summer birds, look around for shelter as soon as autumn comes.
Not even the daughters of the grandest families had a praenomen, though Maior, Minor, Tertia, Quarta, and so on (“Elder,” “Younger,” “Third,” “Fourth”) would be used to distinguish between sisters, or between nieces and aunts. In the late Republic, it became frequent for women to be known by the feminine form of the family nomen and by the cognomen in the genitive case—the form of the name denoting possession; hence Tullia Ciceronis (“the Tullia of Cicero”). In modern Greece, an unmarried woman’s surname is the family name in the genitive case, and most Slavic countries have a comparable system.
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A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire by J. C. McKeown