By J. C. McKeown
"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and stunning evidence from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded fascinating and will be a enjoyable learn. it truly is truly beautiful attention-grabbing, yet it is not that enjoyable. it really is essentially a word list of Roman proof prepared byt subject (family, nutrients, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in each one part, it's stretching to be interesting. The evidence are, good, simply genuine. it's most likely a greater publication for selecting up and interpreting 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 interesting adequate.
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As well as their other equipment, Roman soldiers wear as a decoration on their helmets a circle of feathers with three purple or black plumes set straight up about one and a half feet. 23). Polybius’s wording is a bit misleading: A suit of Roman armor made of crocodile skin. t he a rmy • 43 although they were proud of their ability to defeat enemies, such as the Gauls and Germans, who were physically much larger than themselves, the Romans were more than eighteen inches tall. Slingers from a particular region of western Greece used a triple strap in their slings, rather than a single one, so that they could throw stones just as accurately as arrows are shot from a bow.
The rowers, sailors, and marines were normally auxiliaries, who could expect to receive citizenship after serving for twenty-six years. ], Octavian did train twenty thousand slaves as oarsmen, but he gave them their freedom ﬁrst (Suetonius Life of Augustus 16). Two years before he engineered the naval victory over Antony and Cleopatra at Actium, Agrippa, in his capacity as magistrate responsible for the maintenance of Rome’s water supply and sewers, sailed down the Cloaca Maxima into the Tiber.
It may have been so called after Pallas, the grandfather of Evander, a Greek settler who was living on the site in the time of Aeneas. ” Augustus was at pains to avoid all suspicion that he wished to be king, so it is ironic that our word “palace” is derived from Palatium, after the relatively modest home which he built for himself on that hill. By a similar irony, the English word “prince” is derived from the title princeps (“ﬁrst man”), which Augustus adopted because of its reminiscence of the traditional Republican title princeps senatus (“leader of the Senate”).