Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants: Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Greeks and Romans (Paperback)

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I feel like Greece and Rome are gateways to loving history for many people. I know that it is one of the things that led to my deep love of history, sparked from grabbing a book of mythology at the library. And this combines two of my favorite things: History and trivia. Written in a light-hearted and eminently readable fashion that is appealing to both old and new fans of history I loved this read! Covering many questions that I myself had wondered such as the mode of dress of people there and getting as granular as how much the average person lived or how much they made. If you ever wondered how the romans captured animals for the coliseum, or the Olympic athletes of ancient times were paid this is the book for you. An excellent read that I highly recommend to fans of history.

— Will B.

Description


Most books on the Roman and Greek Empires deal with famous figures or events, but Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants focuses on things that seldom appear in history books: myths and magic, barbers and birth control, fine wine and the daily grind. This book, based on questions Roman historian Garrett Ryan, PhD gets most often on Quora and the popular Reddit forum, AskHistorians, reveals the nitty gritty details on how Romans and Greeks lived in a series of short and engaging essays, organized into six categories: Daily Life, Society, Beliefs, Sports and Leisure, and Legacies

About the Author


Garrett Ryan earned his PhD in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan. Besides teaching at several universities and authoring a series of academic works, he has brought ancient history to life for hundreds of thousands of readers through his contributions to online forums and his website toldinstone.com. He lives in Chicago.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781633887022
ISBN-10: 1633887022
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English