By Leland Gregory
Best-selling stand-up comedian Leland Gregory bargains a blockbuster number of greater than two hundred weird and wonderful, bizarre, foolish, stunning, and downright outrageous real tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.
New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is one in every of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s such a lot 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 historical History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and ancient mythconceptions, including:
— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted reside snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation whilst presents of cloaks have been showered upon him by means of thankful electorate at an Aegina theater in 620 BC.
— In historical Rome, lengthy earlier than the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the full 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 international, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist used to be performed; and to ensure his want for eternal status wouldn’t come precise, it was once ordered that his identify be bothered from all files 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.