By J. C. McKeown
"A cupboard of Roman Curiousities" is subtitled "Strange stories and superb proof from the World's maximum Empire." i assumed it sounded fascinating and will be a enjoyable learn. it truly is truly lovely attention-grabbing, yet it isn't that enjoyable. it is essentially a thesaurus of Roman proof prepared byt subject (family, foodstuff, the military, etc.) yet after the 1st couple of tidbits in every one part, it really is stretching to be pleasing. The proof are, good, simply actual. it's most likely a greater publication for choosing up and analyzing an excerpt or at a time than a entrance to again learn. i attempted to learn it via and received bored, yet flipping round pages was once wonderful sufficient.
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