By J. C. McKeown

"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and astonishing evidence from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded fascinating and will be a enjoyable learn. it really is really beautiful fascinating, yet it isn't that enjoyable. it is primarily a thesaurus of Roman proof prepared byt subject (family, nutrition, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in every one part, it's stretching to be interesting. The proof are, good, simply authentic. it's most likely a greater publication for choosing up and analyzing an excerpt or at a time than a entrance to again learn. i attempted to learn it via and bought bored, yet flipping round pages was once exciting sufficient.

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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). 15). 5). The Persian king Cyrus could remember the names of all his soldiers. A member of the Scipio family could call every Roman citizen by his name.

9, were never again given to legions. d. 20 for the murder of Germanicus, grandson of Augustus’s wife, Livia, on the paternal side, of Mark Antony on the maternal, and father of Caligula. His name was struck from the consular records, and his son Gnaeus was allowed to retain half of his inheritance only on condition that he changed his praenomen. Unwanted children could be left to die. d. 369 (Select Latin Inscriptions 770). Roma was the state’s political name, but it had also another name, to be used only in mystery rites: the palindromic Amor (“Love”).

When a defeated army is punished with decimation, brave men are also chosen by lot. 44). , was arrogant and bloodthirsty and determined to rule in sound military style. He criticized the level of discipline demanded even in early times . . going so far as to crucify soldiers and inflict punishments intended for slaves. Whenever his soldiers mutinied, he frequently decimated them, but sometimes he “centimated” them (a term he himself invented, referring to the execution of one man in a hundred [centum]), for he claimed to be merciful in “centimating” soldiers when one in ten or one in twenty deserved to die (Historia Augusta Life of Macrinus 12).

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