Humor

Stupid Ancient History

by Leland Gregory
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Humor
Pages: 256 pages
ISBN 13: 144942158X
ISBN 10: 9781449421588
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
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Synopsis : Stupid Ancient History written by Leland Gregory, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing which was released on 2012-10-16. Download Stupid Ancient History Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. StupidAncient History copyright © 2012 by Leland Gregory. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States ofAmerica. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case ... -- New York Times best-selling author Leland Gregory is one of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s most successful noncartoon humorists. Silly, shocking, weird, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the short anecdotes inside his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, online, and broadcast media from all over the world. Inside Stupid Ancient History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and historic mythconceptions, including: — To fight off Roman ships in 300 BC, Carthaginians catapulted live snakes at them.— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation when gifts of cloaks were showered upon him by grateful citizens at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. — In ancient Rome, long before the advent of the Christian Bible, Roman men swore to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” by placing their right hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the term “testimony.” — Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the ground in 356 BC. The arsonist was executed; and to make sure his wish for everlasting fame wouldn’t come true, it was ordered that his name be stricken from all records and never mentioned again. But people will talk. Despite all efforts, his name leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as one of the most notorious firebugs in history.