The Classical Compendium: A Miscellany of Scandalous Gossip, Bawdy Jokes, Peculiar Facts, and Bad Behavior from the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Pliny did it, Plutarch did it, Xenophon did it In fact most ancient writers were incorrigible collectors of miscellany, lively anecdotes, and after dinner jokes Here, writer and historian Philip Matyszak has collected his favorite incidents, wisecracks, and interesting facts about ancient Greece and Rome into a single volume.The stories have been selected for the insightPliny did it, Plutarch did it, Xenophon did it In fact most ancient writers were incorrigible collectors of miscellany, lively anecdotes, and after dinner jokes Here, writer and historian Philip Matyszak has collected his favorite incidents, wisecracks, and interesting facts about ancient Greece and Rome into a single volume.The stories have been selected for the insights that they give us into the ancient world, with its different perspectives on life, honor, and personal relationships Many of the tales seem outrageous such as a statue being tried for murder , though to the ancients these were normal enough As the author comments, human nature has not changed much over the last three thousand years, but the manner in which it finds expression is sometimes dramatically different In these pages we find humorous quips by the emperor Augustus and wry observations by the philosopher Socrates There are stories of ghastly crimes, incredible journeys, and some bizarre military mishaps, like the Macedonian troops who rushed to storm the walls of a Greek city, only to find that their ladders were six feet short.Did you know that a Roman suffering from illness might be cured if rubbed all over with a puppylentils cooked in saffron were a popular Greek aphrodisiacin the Roman marriage ceremony, the groom parts the bride s hair with a spearCaesar s horse had toes
The Classical Compendium A Miscellany of Scandalous Gossip Bawdy Jokes Peculiar Facts and Bad Behavior from the Ancient Greeks and Romans Pliny did it Plutarch did it Xenophon did it In fact most ancient writers were incorrigible collectors of miscellany lively anecdotes and after dinner jokes Here writer and historian Philip Matys

  • Title: The Classical Compendium: A Miscellany of Scandalous Gossip, Bawdy Jokes, Peculiar Facts, and Bad Behavior from the Ancient Greeks and Romans
  • Author: Philip Matyszak
  • ISBN: 9780500051627
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Philip Matyszak

    Philip Matyszak is a British non fiction author, primarily of historical works relating to ancient Rome Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John s College, Oxford In addition to being a professional author, he also teaches ancient history for Madingley Hall Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge University.

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    • Meaghan said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      This is an author to watch. His Athens in 5 Drachma a Day is pretty good; Rome in 5 Denari a day was excellent and so is The Classical Compendium. It's basically a hodgepodge of trivia about the life and people of classical Rome and Greece, including bits of graffiti, ancient jokes, lines of poetry and snippets of letters and repartee that make the ancients seem refreshingly real. I now want to seek out further reading about this. If you're interested in classical history, you'll love this book. [...]

    • Pasteurisiert said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Pasteurisiert mit 4.5 von 5 Sternen. Anekdoten, Fakten, Amüsantes aus der antiken Welt der Griechen, Römer und anderen Sandalenträgern.Ich liebe diese kleinen, handlichen Bücher, die in humorvoller Art Geschichte lebendig werden lassen. Auch Philip Matyszak hat einen Einblick in das tägliche aber nicht immer alltägliche Leben der Sandalenträger skizziert.Es gibt zwar viele kleine Geschichten und Informationen mit hohem Wiedererkennungswert (das liegt daran, dass ich bereits mehrere Büche [...]

    • Serena said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Always funny, although this compendium of "classical" ancinet Greek and Roman behavior isn't always fact checked as thoroughly as it could have been (it's not been confirmed that there were black Roman Emperors, although there may well have been, I think a unpainted statue is less proof than a mural or mosaic). It lacks any ancient female perspectives or sources to really balance it out, and some of the information within could have been flushed out in it's entire background, or fact checked by [...]

    • Alfred Shull said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Great book. I just got the book today and am 3/4's of the way through it. It is very informative in a fun and entertaining way. If you like little tidbits of information on ancient Roman and Greeks then this is the book for you.

    • Andreea Sociu said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Did you know that Valentinian I had 2 she-bears called Goldflake and Innocence? Well, you missed a super-entertaining and puzzling side of history. Read this book and you will find amusing stories with great life lessons at core.

    • Colin said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Exactly what the title claims - a compendium of classical miscellanea and trivia. Incredible fun for someone like me. Warning - I did find a couple of mistakes (like dating Claudius' reign as B.C. instead of A.D.), but no matter - this wasn't meant as serious research material!

    • Johanna said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Great for light and amusing read. Works best if you've read Matyszak's "Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day" and "Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day " or just finished a more comprehensive overview of the times. Without those the collection could be a bit too eclectic.

    • Roberta Muelling said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Very amusing. The ancients were every bit as nutty as people now.

    • Andreea Andreea said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      I bought this 1 week ago and I must say it was a very interesting read. So many new things to be found out, things we were not taught in school!It is definitely worth reading!

    • Jude Brigley said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Great fun!

    • Jim said:
      Aug 21, 2018 - 15:34 PM

      Just OKA lot of historical facts about the Classical Period.Not a lot of "scandalous gossip" or "bawdy jokes". It was set-up ok, but I have read similar books that were done better.

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