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Sweet Melissa! (51)

How to Mellify A Corpse: And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science & Superstition by Vicki León.

The statue of Zeus
burned, lost with Byzantium.
Gardens? Lost to time.

Do you like trivia about the Classical world? That is the question you've got to ask yourself going into this. When I say Classical, when the subtitle says Ancient, they mean European. Well, Mediterranean; that is a funny thing about history, huh? All clumped right there; Germania & Libya are beside the point! Still, China & India & America are out of the loop here, which is sad-- but provides potential for sequels. As discussed; what you have here is a pop history of scientific development in the Western world. There was a lot of overlap between segments-- the chapter before had just told me about Archimedes, but the top of the first paragraph in the next is like "Mister Eureka, Archimedes was the relative of the King of Syracuse..." I was befuddled by this semi-constant restating of first principals; then I realized the indelicate truth: this is a back of the toilet tank book. In the vein of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader sort of. You've got what you need for a self contained gift for someone who flips through books, starts in the middle. I'm more of an academic bent, but I liked it-- a fun read & you know how I feel about the medicinal properties of honey. Hooray!
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