Airfix Magazine Guide 09 Ancient Wargaming by Phil Barker

By Phil Barker

Для сайта:Мир книг КнигиAirfix journal consultant. those small A5-sized books have been hardback, in black/white and continually looked as if it would characteristic precisely sixty four pages, no matter what topic. The books have been first produced in 1974 and have been published at a time, often 4 a yr. a complete of 28 are identified. They have been released by means of Patrick Stephens Ltd.

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Mint, rosemary, and myrtle were used in ancient funeral rites to offset the smell of decay. Mentha pulegium (Pennyroyal) was used in a barley water beverage drunk by ancient Greek harvesters and was an active ingredient in a similar draught, kykeon, drunk by the goddess Demeter and offered to the initiates at her mysterious rites in the temple at Eleusis (see page 9). Greeks and Romans used mint (probably M. aquatica or M. pulegium) to scent their bath water and as a restorative from fainting. In Athens each part of the body was perfumed with a different scent—Greek gods were always "sweet-smelling" or "fragrant"—and mint was used specifically on the arms.

It was only a short step from the ingenuity of such a creation to the banquets described by Roman emperors, gastronomes, and writers. Gluttony and exhibitionism sometimes went hand-in-hand, and the sumptuary laws instituted during the republic were repeatedly revised to curb excesses. Limitations were placed on the number of animals that could be slaughtered for festivals, games, and weddings, as well as on how much silverware could be used. Some laws permitted the consumption of only native wines, rather than imported vintages.

The idea of gardens grew from early religion and legend. Two early types of Greek gardens are known. Pierre Grimai in Les Jardins Romains distinguishes the formal sacred gardens surrounding Greek sanctuaries and the freer, more natural, sacred groves associated with some of the Olympian gods. Both may have originated in the pre-Greek vegetation cults of the Aegean world. These two garden types, as well as a third kind—the bountiful palace garden of Alcinous visited by Odysseus—inspired garden design throughout the Mediterranean world until the end of the Roman empire.

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