From the list on life in the Roman Empire.
Who am I?
Amanda's book list on life in the Roman Empire
Discover why each book is one of Amanda's favorite books.
Why did Amanda love this book?
The author is a scholar, a professor of Classics, so he knows his stuff. He is also a wonderful writer. This is a collection of small and fascinating facts about Rome and the ancient world. A sampling of entries includes notes on Hannibal’s reputed use of jars of poisonous snakes as catapult ammunition, Roman fly fishing, window glass, and the mechanics of Nero’s revolving dining room.
A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities
Why should I read it?
2 authors picked A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
The ancient Romans have left us far more information about themselves than has any other Western society until much more recent times. But what we know about them is sometimes bizarre, and hardly fits the conventional view of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army and a very logical and well ordered language.
A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities is a serendipitous collection of odd facts and opinions, carefully gleaned from the wide body of evidence left to us by the Romans themselves. Each highlights a unique and curious feature of life in ancient Rome. Readers will…