- Title: Stupid Ancient History
- Author: Leland Gregory
- ISBN: 9781449421571
- Page: 243
- Format: Paperback
Best selling humorist Leland Gregory offers a blockbuster collection of than 200 bizarre, weird, silly, shocking, and downright outrageous true stories about ancient Greek and Roman history.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 outrageoBest selling humorist Leland Gregory offers a blockbuster collection of than 200 bizarre, weird, silly, shocking, and downright outrageous true stories about ancient Greek and Roman history.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.
Recent Comments "Stupid Ancient History"
First of all, ancient graffiti is not that interesting so to fill the book every couple of chapters with it just got downright annoying. But the most grievous part of this book was the lack of organization. There are some humourous elements but the author bounces from civilization to civilization and from time to time period that the reader is too busy dealing with whiplash then trying to piece everything together. For example, the last couple of chapters dealt with the author's minor obsession [...]
The quips in this book are fun and entertaining, but the author is inconsistent. Sometimes, we are led to believe that a source, like Heroditus' The Histories is basically an encyclopedia, and on the next page we are told that it is basically unbelievable. After about halfway through, these inconsistencies began to capture more of my attention than the historical anecdotes -very unfortunate. I read the kindle version. The kindle format was lacking what I guess would be fanciful bits of artwork o [...]
It is always a joy to read these quick reads. They are a very interesting and filled with funny facts about historical events you usually don't hear about. There are random stories about events that can make you chuckle, wince, or just shake your head. There are also things that'll amaze you along the way. There are often time where the author focuses on a topic and you read multiple stories about that specific thing, such as "dentistry" in this book. I have read a few of the other versions and [...]
I loved this book, but my favorite parts were the things that people wrote on the walls -- with a hammer and chisel -- in the first century. Really? Even then, someone felt the need to stop and write "I wuz here" but it just strikes me as hilarious that they would take the time do it when it required so much more work before the advent of the Sharpie!
A few interesting facts, a hard to follow arrangement, and some items that seemed to be made up. It was chaotic and unorganized. On top of all that I really think he made up some of the facts.
Entertaining and humorous look at ancient history.
moronic and quite frankly, infantilee book tries to be funny but fails. big time. it ends up being crude and tasteless.i found the book to be rather tacky.
Amusing, although some of the facts aren't as detailed as they could be. The kind of book you stick in the bathroom for a light read.
not what I was expecting, did not see any of these stories as stupid, some were mildly funny but not stupid
Fun quick read - some topics could have been explored more in depth, but as is, it's a good bathroom read. ;P
Another good one from Leland Gregory.
AmusingI would recommend as a casual read or coffee table book. It's made up of very short sections, most only a page. The facts are amusing, mostly dry humor.
3.5 The only thing bad about reading these informative and fun books is that you are so eager to read more, you can't remember all the cool new facts you just learned.
Lots of little historical tidbits! I learned, laughed, and was surprised at all the things I didn't know. Definitely recommend for history lovers!
It's a Leland Gregory bookwhat else is there to say?
Love this book! I couldn't put it down. I learned so much. My favorite part was the graffiti from Pompeii. This book is a must-have for anyone who has interest in ancient history!
Oh L.G you did it again my friend - good stuff!
many enjoyable informations.
Decent read. I found it entertaining most of the way through. Good for a trip or long car ride
Disorganized and occasionally false, with some funny/interesting tidbits in between.
I spent the entire read trying to decide if I liked this book or not. I hate the way it is set up. It changes time periods and locations on a whim. It periodically became quite confusing with the jumping back and forth. I thought some stories were cute and funny and several times I thought these would make great obscure Jeopardy questions. But, over all it was just meh.
People, ancient or modern, are just so dang amazing!!
I had encountered many of these before, but there were some interesting bits, especially linguistic anecdotes.
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