How to Mellify a Corpse

And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science & Superstition
Product Number: EB00637889
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781620402979
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Description

In How to Mellify a Corpse, Vicki LeOn 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. LeOn 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.

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Author(s): Vicki Leon
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jan 29, 2013

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