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Flexible Glass in Tiberius’ Rome February 20, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Flexible Glass in Tiberius' Rome

Beachcombing has never understood the irrational pleasure of glass. Holding a wine glass in our hands – whatever the content – is surely one of the house’s hidden joys and conversely having a chipped glass or one with any line of imperfection is strangely irritating. It was while contemplating one such imperfect glass yesterday in Beachcombing’s favourite […]

A Roman Werewolf and a Dinner Tale January 18, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
A Roman Werewolf and a Dinner Tale

Beachcombing still has the werewolf itch and it will not be exorcised unless he manages to spit out the story of Niceros the Freedman. The tale appears in Petronius’ Satyricon, the incomplete and bawdy Roman road novel that is best know today for its description of a Roman feast – where, in fact, this story is told. […]