Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants: Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Greeks and Romans Spiral-Bound | September 1, 2021

Garrett Ryan

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Most books on the Roman and Greek Empires deal with famous figures or events, but Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants focuses on things that seldom appear in history books: myths and magic, barbers and birth control, fine wine and the daily grind. This book, based on questions Roman historian Garrett Ryan, PhD gets most often on Quora and the popular Reddit forum, AskHistorians, reveals the nitty gritty details on how Romans and Greeks lived in a series of short and engaging essays, organized into six categories: Daily Life, Society, Beliefs, Sports and Leisure, and Legacies

Why didn't the ancient Greeks or Romans wear pants? How did they shave? How likely were they to drink fine wine, use birth control, or survive surgery? In a series of short and humorous essays, Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants explores some of the questions about the Greeks and Romans that ancient historian Garrett Ryan has answered in the classroom and online. Unlike most books on the classical world, the focus is not on famous figures or events, but on the fascinating details of daily life. Learn the answers to: How tall were the ancient Greeks and Romans? How long did they live? What kind of pets did they have? How dangerous were their cities? Did they believe their myths? Did they believe in ghosts, monsters, and/or aliens? Did they jog or lift weights? How did they capture animals for the Colosseum? Were there secret police, spies, or assassins?  What happened to the city of Rome after the Empire collapsed? Can any families trace their ancestry back to the Greeks or Romans?
Publisher: National Book Network
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1633887022
Item Weight: 0.8 lbs
Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
"It's amazing what they don't teach you in school about the people of ancient Greek and Rome. Were they tall? Did they shave? Did they go on vacation? Did they believe in aliens? Garrett Ryan's endlessly eye-opening book made me feel like I didn't just know about the ancients, but that I actually knew them." – Ken Jennings, writer and Jeopardy! champion
Garrett Ryan earned his PhD in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan. Besides teaching at several universities and authoring a series of academic works, he has brought ancient history to life for hundreds of thousands of readers through his contributions to online forums and his website He lives in Chicago.