Two thousand years ago, the denizens of the Greek and Roman world sometimes earned their daily bread in remarkable and diverse ways. Personal entrail reader to the emperor; war-elephant troop commander; mopper-up of dead gladiators; armpit hair plucker; curse tablet maker; orgy planner—these are just a few of the career opportunities that beckoned our forebears. In this cheeky yet impeccably researched book, Vicki León describes 150 ancient occupations, from the glittering to the gory, and sometimes the oddly familiar.
"Drawing on the same outrageous humor that's made her Uppity Women series so popular, León demonstrates how uncannily similar the workaday experiences of the ancient world are to ours."—Publishers Weekly