Philip Matyszak's Classical Compendium

by Philip Matyszak

Philip Matyszak's Classical Compendium Synopsis

Many ancient writers from Pliny and Plutarch to Xenophon were incorrigible collectors of miscellany, lively anecdotes and after-dinner jokes. Here, writer and historian Philip Matyszak brings together his favourite incidents, wisecracks and curious facts from ancient Greece and Rome. The compendium includes humorous quips by the emperor Augustus and wry observations by the philosopher Socrates. There are dozens of lists, including Romans who lived to be 100 and odd deities like Sterculinius, the god of manure spreading. All of the incidents and anecdotes are described in brief, memorable passages, making this book an ideal companion either to dip into or to read from beginning to end.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780500051627
Publication date: 21st September 2009
Author: Philip Matyszak
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
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