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Old December 3rd, 2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities by J.C McKeown (NF)


If you have an interest in ancient Rome, and like the idea of a book that is full of interesting titbits from that period, then this is most definitely the text

A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire: Amazon.co.uk: J. C. McKeown: Books
A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire: Amazon.co.uk: J. C. McKeown: Books

for you. The bite-sized pieces of information are all historically referenced. Twenty-three chapters on subjects ranging from family life, names, the army and slaves to animals, buildings and toilets provide a huge number of interesting points.

Very enjoyable reading, from a couple of minutes dipping in, to longer periods when wanting to know more about a particular subject.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:57 PM   #2

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Isn't there something about a werewolf in it? I've been meaning to pick this up for a while and totally forgot about it, thanks for the reminder!
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Not come across that one yet, Mark, but then there are so many 'facts' in it!
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Sounds interesting, kind of like a modern version of Valerius Maximus' Facta et dicta memorabilia. At least those chapter headings you name are very similar to his.
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Interesting, will look at it..
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Does sound interesting; I'll check it out...

In the meantime, if it's "titbits" you're after, check out Michael Macrone's By Jove! (Brush up your Mythology). It isn't concerned with the tales of Roman mythology as much as it is with the origins of certain words and sayings commonly used in our everyday lives. Not only informative, but the author is damn funny with his own little add-on observations.
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I have the book. Smashing book for tidbits of collective information about Rome. It's not neccesary historical (although it is all from referenced works), rather than a collection of interesting information, but it doesnt pretend to be anything it isn't.

I like the book.

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Isn't there something about a werewolf in it? I've been meaning to pick this up for a while and totally forgot about it, thanks for the reminder!
Yep. I was the one that told you, remember

It was from one of Juvenal's satire's.
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plan to get a kindle in january so will definitely be getting this at some point, that and a whole lot of other books on the roman empire.
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plan to get a kindle in january so will definitely be getting this at some point, that and a whole lot of other books on the roman empire.
The absolute best book on the fall of the Empire in my opinion? Adrian Goldsworthy's How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower. Come to think of it, probably the most informative work period I've ever read on Rome whether the subject be its founding, rise, fall or any combination of. Nothing beats it.
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