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Monday, August 2, 2010

Mailbox Monday #43

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

This week I had another book show up in my mailbox. This one was not for review but from a giveaway win at Enchanted by Josephine.

How to Mellify a Corpse by Vicky Leon

"In this delightful follow-up to IX to V, her entertaining look at work in the ancient world, León explores the tangled webs of science and superstition in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and other ancient societies. With her characteristic deadpan humor, verve, and wit, she brings to life the practices of ordinary folks as they sought practical ways to avoid the evil eye, battle stronger enemies, and understand strange and marvelous astronomical events. Copulating during a strong north wind and ingesting magical potions were believed to guarantee a male child. Greeks and Romans placed gouty limbs on electric eels in order to ease their pain. Scythian warriors dipped their arrows in snake venom, human blood, and feces to ensure their targets would die a slow and gruesome death. Many ancient cultures touted the antiseptic properties of honey, using honey-soaked bandages to bind wounds. Many Greeks attributed the visions of soothsayers and diviners to "mad honey" made from the nectar of laurel and oleander plants. León™s rollicking tour helps us see that the daily lives and worries of the ancients were not far removed from our own."

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  1. I got this in a giveaway from Enchanted by Josephine's site, too -- I'm so excited to dive into this as well!!

  2. This sounds good. Most of the giveaways recently have been for US only and overseas readers miss out!!

  3. Congratulations on winning the book. It sounds so interesting. I have visited her blog and she is wonderfully humorous.


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