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This review is from: Philip Matyszak's Classical Compendium (Hardcover)
I came to this after reading the author's 'Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a day' and 'Legionary', hoping for more of his quirky take on the classical world.
I wasn't disappointed. This little book is full of odd facts and snippets about the Greeks and Romans, presented in a way that occasionally made me laugh out loud.
Scattered throughout the chapters there are occasional ancient Greek jokes about Elithio Phoitete (not the brightest wick in the lamp!), and many of these are still funny. ("Elithio Phoitete remarked that he was the unluckiest of men, for no sooner had he trained his donkey to live without food than the beast suddenly died!")
Even more so than the author's other books, this is one you can pick up and read for a few minutes at a time, as it consists of many short paragraphs and quotes. I found it a great bedside book.
Like Matyszak's other books, it's also very attractively presented - a nice little hardback, complete with a ribbon bookmark. I bought it as a gift to myself, but it would actually make a very nice gift for anyone with even a slight interest in the Classical world.
My only complaint? I wish it was longer! 187 pages just didn't seem enough!