By Leland Gregory
Best-selling slapstick comedian Leland Gregory deals a blockbuster choice of greater than two hundred weird and wonderful, bizarre, foolish, stunning, and downright outrageous precise tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.
New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is one in every of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s so much profitable noncartoon humorists. foolish, stunning, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes inside of his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from all around the world. Inside Stupid old 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 while presents of cloaks have been showered upon him through thankful voters at an Aegina theater in 620 BC.
— In historic Rome, lengthy prior to the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the total fact, and not anything however the fact” by means of 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 used to be achieved; and to ensure his want for eternal popularity wouldn’t come precise, it used to be ordered that his identify be afflicted from all documents and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as some of the most infamous firebugs in history.