About This Book
Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the world around us as never before.
Traditionally, the Romans have been understood in a straightforward way but the period really comes alive if you take an unexpected approach to its history. Yes, emperors, the development of civilisation and armies all have a fascinating history…but so too do tattoos, collecting, fattening, recycling, walking, poison, fish, inkwells and wicked stepmothers!
Each of these subjects is fascinating in its own right, and each sheds new light on the traditional subjects and themes that we think we know so well.