Which Roman general rode a horse which had toes instead of hooves?
Which Greek philosopher died laughing? Did any Romans live to be over
100? The answers are just a few of the interesting, odd or frankly
bizarre stories collected in the classical compendium; a collection of
quotes, facts and anecdotes from the worlds of ancient Greece and
The Greeks and Romans loved a good joke, an odd fact or occasional
tall story, and indeed, loved them so much that they collected many of
them into volumes which have survived to the present day. This book is
in many ways a 'best of' collection culled from writers such as
Plutarch, Xenophon and Frontinus. There are military misadventures,
strange beasts, and quips from the likes of Augustus and Socrates.
This is an ideal book to dip into at random, or read from
cover-to-cover. Giving a fascinating insight into what amused and
intrigued the ancient Greeks and Romans, many of the stories and jokes
are as fresh and appealing as when they were first told around dinner
tables thousands of years ago.
Whether cited at dinner parties or in the classroom, this little book does indeed enlighten and entertain
Classical World Journal