How to Mellify A Corpse

How to Mellify A Corpse

And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science & Superstition

Book - 2010
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In How to Mellify a Corpse , Vicki Le#65533;n brings her particular hybrid of history and humor to the entwined subjects of science and superstition in the ancient world, from Athens and Rome to Mesopotamia, the Holy Land, Egypt, and Carthage. Le#65533;n covers subjects as diverse as astronomy and astrology, philosophy and practicalities of life and death (including the titular ancient method of embalming), and ancient mechanical engineering. How to Mellify a Corpse of course invokes legendary thinkers (Pythagoras and his discoveries in math and music, Aristotle's books on politics and philosophy, and Archimedes' "Eureka" moment), but it also delves deeply into the lives of everyday people, their understanding and beliefs.

A feast for the curious mind, How to Mellify a Corpse is not only for those with an interest in the experimental: it's for anyone who's inspired by the imagination and ingenuity humanity uses to understand our world.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Walker & Co., 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802717023
Characteristics: xxvii, 308 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm


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Apr 11, 2015

Some interesting factoids, but the writing style is very scattered and a little hard to follow. Almost funny.


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