By J. C. McKeown
* A delightfully strange and fun number of Greek trivia
* Lavishly illustrated with greater than forty halftones
The old Greeks have been an excellent humans. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and plenty of kinds of artwork and branches of technology will be not possible with no them. And but they have been able to the main outlandish habit, preposterous ideals, and ludicrous opinions.
Nearly every little thing during this e-book illustrates the not-quite-so excellent elements of Greek existence and idea. Like its better half quantity, a cupboard of Roman Curiosities, this is often an fun and serendipitous miscellany of strange tales and evidence, culled from a life of instructing. In many ways, the publication hopes to teach how a lot the Greeks have been like us. Politicians have been considered as shallow and self-serving. fats humans resorted to unbelievable equipment of weight keep watch over. Even Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their teenagers by means of driving round on a stick pretending it used to be a horse. in fact, their changes from us are abundantly documented, too—and the ebook may possibly go away readers with a couple of incredulous questions. To thrust back evil, have been scapegoats thrown down from cliffs, outfitted out with feathers and reside birds to offer them an opportunity of survival? Did a werewolf fairly win the boxing occasion on the Olympic video games? have been prisoners published on bail so they may perhaps take pleasure in dramatic gala's? Did Greeks put on an amulet, to advertise virility, the penis of a lizard stuck whereas mating? Did an individual rather think that Pythagoras flew approximately on a magic arrow? different such mysteries abound during this splendidly illustrated and captivating trip into the "glory that used to be Greece."
Readership: Readers, scholars, and students attracted to old Greek background and culture
"In a witty miscellany, McKeown recognizes the idealised prestige of classical Greece, yet brings it right down to our brute point by means of quoting judiciously from its satirical poets, speculative philosophers, brutal princes and self-serving politicians." - The Times
"Wide studying and an enquiring brain have provided McKeown with an enormous shop of quirky information." - japanese day-by-day Press
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