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Stupid Ancient History (Stupid History)

By Leland Gregory

Best-selling stand-up comedian Leland Gregory bargains a blockbuster number of greater than two hundred extraordinary, bizarre, foolish, surprising, and downright outrageous real tales approximately old Greek and Roman history.

New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is considered one of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s such a lot winning noncartoon humorists. foolish, stunning, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes within his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from all around the world. Inside Stupid historic History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and historical mythconceptions, including:

— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted dwell snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation whilst presents of cloaks have been showered upon him through thankful voters at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. 
— In historic Rome, lengthy earlier than the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the entire fact, and not anything however the fact” through putting their correct hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the time period “testimony.”
—  Of the Seven Wonders of the traditional global, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist was once accomplished; and to ensure his want for eternal reputation wouldn’t come actual, it used to be ordered that his identify be troubled from all files and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as essentially the most infamous firebugs in history. 

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