J. C. McKeown's A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising PDF

Ancient Classical

By J. C. McKeown

"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and marvelous proof from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded fascinating and will be a enjoyable learn. it's truly beautiful fascinating, yet it is not that enjoyable. it truly is essentially a word list of Roman evidence prepared byt subject (family, foodstuff, 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 actual. it truly is most likely a greater booklet for choosing up and analyzing an excerpt or at a time than a entrance to again learn. i attempted to learn it via and acquired bored, yet flipping round pages was once pleasing sufficient.

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Military camps were always laid out the same way, so that soldiers would know where to go if the alarm were sounded. 26). 13). When the Senate conferred on him a triumph due to Trajan, Hadrian declined it for himself, but had an effigy of Trajan borne along in the triumphal chariot, so that his predecessor should not lose the honor of a triumph even after death (Historia Augusta Life of Hadrian 6). 21). There would have been little need for a slave to accompany Trajan, reminding him of his mortality, since he was already dead and about to be deified.

Tunneling was an important part of siege warfare. 21). A comparable incident seems to have occurred during Livy’s own lifetime. While Octavian was besieging Perugia (see p. 193), he received unfavorable sacrificial omens, but when a party of soldiers burst out from the city and carried off the sacrifice, they inadvertently brought the bad omens upon themselves (Suetonius Life of Augustus 96). , Lucullus’s army was impeded in its tunneling under the city of Themiscyra when the inhabitants drove bears, other wild animals, and swarms of bees into the tunnels.

D. uk for January 18, 2009. As a countermeasure to assault by a battering ram, a sack filled with straw is let down to the point of impact, for the blows of the battering ram are deadened by the soft billowing sack (St. 11). When a military unit was guilty of mutiny or dereliction of duty, it could be punished by decimatio. Although the term “decimate” nowadays refers to wholesale destruction, it was originally used to describe the beating or stoning to death of every tenth (decimus) man in an army unit, chosen by lot, by his nine lucky colleagues.

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