A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization
J. C. McKeown
the traditional Greeks have been a superb humans. They gave us democracy, drama, and philosophy, and plenty of types of artwork and branches of technology will be unimaginable with out their impression. And but, they have been in a position to the main outlandish habit, preposterous ideals, and ludicrous evaluations.
Like its spouse quantity, A cupboard of Roman Curiosities, this is often an uproarious miscellany of strange tales and evidence, culled from a life of instructing old Greek civilization. In many ways, the publication demonstrates how a lot the Greeks have been like us. Politicians have been considered as shallow and self-serving; obese humans resorted to unbelievable diets; Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their kids through using round on a stick pretending it was once a horse. after all, their alterations from us are abundantly documented too and the ebook might depart readers with a couple of incredulous questions. To thrust back evil, have been scapegoats thrown down from cliffs, although geared up out with feathers and stay birds to provide them a wearing likelihood of survival? Did a werewolf quite win the boxing occasion on the Olympic video games? have been prisoners published on bail so they may well take pleasure in dramatic fairs? Did a person rather think that Pythagoras flew approximately on a magic arrow? different such mysteries abound during this quirky and richly illustrated trip into the "glory that used to be Greece."
"The most lovable factor at the black earth."
Sappho of Lesbos
"Well worthy getting a copy."
Pisistratus of Athens
"Meticulously written, a needs to for each library."
Ptolemy of Alexandria
Atlas the Titan
Cassandra, priestess of Apollo
"The perfect gift."
Laocoon of Troy
"Not too long."
Callimachus of Cyrene
"I locate anything new each time I dip in."
Archimedes of Syracuse
Evil. • a foul lady is a treasure shop of undesirable issues. • a lady is the wildest of all wild animals. • whilst there’s no girl round, not anything undesirable occurs to a guy. • a girl is silver-coated dust. One kind of girl god made out of a long-bristled sow. every thing in her apartment lies in disease, stained with dust, rolling round at the ground, whereas she herself, unwashed, sits at the dunghill in unwashed outfits and grows fats (Semonides frg. 7.2–6; the 1st of ten different types of ladies, the majority of.
Painlessly away, having lived for 100 and 9 years (Diogenes Laertius Lives of the Philosophers 9.43). Socrates used to be unheard of in that he didn't talk about the character of the universe, speculating at the nation of what the sophists name the cosmos and at the forces that reason celestial phenomena; to the contrary, he used to show the foolishness of these who challenge themselves approximately such issues (Xenophon Memoirs of Socrates 1.1.11). whilst Socrates was once requested if the earth was once.
Papyri 11b.1). Burn the top of a hare lower than a drawing of a couple of gladiators, and they're going to appear to [come alive and] struggle (Greek Magical Papyri 7.176). to urge a snoozing girl to admit the identify of the guy she loves: placed a bird’s tongue less than her lips or on her middle and ask the question—she will say his identify thrice (Greek Magical Papyri 63.8). to determine by way of a die if an individual is alive or has died: have your purchaser throw a die in a bowl, after which have him fill the.
highbrow figures with an identical identify because the thinker whose existence he has simply stated. There are, for instance, 4 extra Socrates (one a philosopher), 4 extra Platos (three of whom have been philosophers, together with person who was once a student of Aristotle), and 7 extra Aristotles. 4 uncommon philosophers proportion the identify Zeno: Zeno of Elea, well-known for paradoxes (see p. 165); Zeno of Citium, the founding father of Stoicism; Zeno of Sidon, additionally a Stoic; and one other Zeno of Sidon, who could have been the.
Days and the Theogony, in addition to a lot different poetry, now commonly misplaced. Hippocrates of Cos (ca. 470–ca. four hundred B.C.): father of Western drugs, yet a shadowy determine. Iamblichus of Chalcis (ca. A.D. 245–ca. 325): Neoplatonist thinker. Iphigenia: daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Isocrates (438–336 B.C.): Athenian orator. Johannes Malalas (ca. A.D. 480–ca. 570): writer of a chronicle of global historical past. Josephus (Titus Flavius Josephus, A.D. 37–after 100): writer of the Jewish Wars and.