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A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization

By J. C. McKeown

The traditional Greeks have been a superb humans. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and lots of types of paintings and branches of technology will be unimaginable with out their impression. And but, they have been able to the main outlandish habit, preposterous ideals, and ludicrous reviews.

Like its significant other quantity, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities, this is often an uproarious miscellany of wierd tales and proof, culled from a life of educating old Greek civilization. In many ways, the ebook demonstrates how a lot the Greeks have been like us. Politicians have been considered as shallow and self-serving; obese humans resorted to incredible diets; Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their teenagers through driving round on a stick pretending it was once a horse. after all, their variations from us are abundantly documented too and the ebook may perhaps depart readers with a couple of incredulous questions. To chase away evil, have been scapegoats thrown down from cliffs, although geared up out with feathers and reside birds to provide them a wearing likelihood of survival? Did a werewolf rather win the boxing occasion on the Olympic video games? have been prisoners published on bail so they may perhaps get pleasure from dramatic gala's? Did an individual quite think that Pythagoras flew approximately on a magic arrow? different such mysteries abound during this quirky and richly illustrated trip into the "glory that was once Greece."

"The most lovable factor at the black earth."
Sappho of Lesbos

"Well worthy getting a copy."
Pisistratus of Athens

"Meticulously written, a needs to for each library."
Ptolemy of Alexandria

"Unputdownable."
Atlas the Titan

"Fantastic! Incredible!"
Cassandra, priestess of Apollo

"The excellent gift."
Laocoon of Troy

"Not too long."
Callimachus of Cyrene

"I locate anything new each time I dip in."
Archimedes of Syracuse

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Protagoras of Abdera (ca. 490–420 B. C. ): thinker and sophist. playstation . : pseudo, as in, for instance, playstation . -Aristotle, writer of a piece falsely attributed to Aristotle. Ptolemy I Savior (367/366–282 B. C. ): one in all Alexander’s generals, in this case ruler of Egypt. Ptolemy II Philadelphus (308–246 B. C. ): son of Ptolemy I. Pyrrhus (319/318–272 B. C. ): king of Epirus in western Greece, who invaded Italy in 280 to struggle the Romans. Pythagoras of Samos: 6th-century B. C. thinker. Pytheas of Massilia: 4th-century B.

They disobeyed, and after they again, he blinded them all—not a really Hellenic factor to do (Aelian Miscellaneous historical past five. 11). Ctesias, the Greek medical professional to Artaxerxes, the king of Persia, supplies an appallingly specific description of the execution inflicted on a soldier named Mithridates, who was once faulty sufficient to say the credits for killing the king’s brother, Cyrus, while he tried to grab the throne in 401 B. C. Artaxerxes, who claimed to have killed Cyrus in my view, had Mithridates sunk in a trough with simply his head and limbs sticking out.

Aristotle is credited with writing treatises at the structure of 158 states. the entire others are misplaced, however the Athenian structure, doubtfully ascribed to him, survives virtually whole on a papyrus released in 1891. It lists the subsequent tasks of the town directors: • drachmas is to be the utmost volume charged for the rent of a feminine musician. If humans desire to lease a similar lady, they're to solid plenty for her. • they need to make sure that waste creditors unload sewage at the very least one mile from town partitions.

C. ): considered one of Alexander’s generals, thus ruler of Egypt. Ptolemy II Philadelphus (308–246 B. C. ): son of Ptolemy I. Pyrrhus (319/318–272 B. C. ): king of Epirus in western Greece, who invaded Italy in 280 to struggle the Romans. Pythagoras of Samos: 6th-century B. C. thinker. Pytheas of Massilia: 4th-century B. C. astronomer and geographer. Pythia: the priestess via whom Apollo brought his oracles at Delphi. Quadrireme: send with 4 banks of oars. Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus ca. A. D. 35–ca.

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