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"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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Another reason for starting with Greek is that Latin studies are derived from Greek. 12). 9272; U, e ducation • 31 W, Y, and Z are not in the original Latin alphabet), suggesting that students were expected to display considerable agility in learning the alphabet. Quintilian recommends that very young children be given ivory letters as toys to encourage them to learn their alphabet. 26). d. 493 to 526, was almost illiterate and such a slow learner that for the first ten years of his rule he could endorse documents only by tracing the word LEGI (“I have read [it]”) through a stencil in a block of wood (Excerpta Valesiana 79).

Orchid: ὀρχίς (orchis, “testicle”). 95). A variety of olive was also known in antiquity as the orchid, from the shape of its fruit. ranunculus: literally, “little frog” (rana), for no obvious reason the name of a large family of flowers, including buttercups, crowfoots, and the lesser celandine. rhododendron: ῥόδον, δένδρον (rhodon, dendron, “rose,” “tree”). 79). rose: the varieties of rose cultivated in antiquity were almost exclusively red. Writing at about the end of the 6th century, St. 3, linking rosa rather imaginatively with rubere, “to be red”).

Galba, the first emperor who was not a member of the JulioClaudian dynasty, adopted Caesar as a cognomen. This practice extended throughout the Holy Roman Empire, producing the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar. In modern n a mes • 25 texts, when “Caesar” appears without further definition, the reference is usually to Julius Caesar. So that each dog may hear quickly and accurately when it is called, they should not be given long names, nor names shorter than two syllables. 13). 7. They all have two syllables.

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