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A Cabinet of Greek / Roman Curiosities by J.C. McKeown

A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization - J.C. McKeown A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire - J.C. McKeown

AUTHOR:  J.C. McKeown

 

TITLE:  A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities

 

TITLE:  A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities

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NO RATING - DID NOT FINISH

 

Both these books are a collection of snipets of ancient Greek or Roman text or some amusing Greek or Roman factoid or a random rumour that some ancient scholar wrote down - generally without any (or minimal) context.  The snipets are grouped according to topic.  The first few chapters of each book were ok, sometimes interesting (the science and technology sections), sometimes daft, but after a while the whole thing just got boring and monotonous.  If anyone does read this I recommend reading one chapter or a few snipets at a time, instead of the whole thing in one sitting.

 

WARNING:  Cruelty to animals.  Apparently the Ancient Greeks and Roman were just as barbaric as everyone else.