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Description - Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella by Michael Olmert

We've been taught that history is the story of great events and important people -- but is it? In Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella, Michael Olmert shows how the most ordinary artifacts of everyday life can also be important sources of information. For the modern historian it's the little things that count, and these intriguing essays force us to take another look at the odds and ends of life we so often take for granted, including: -- Toothbrushes -- how they eased civilization into the Industrial Revolution-- Graffiti -- why they became a feature of our public "decoration"-- Playing cards -- how the technology of printing cards led to Gutenberg's Bible-- Keys -- why these little metal objects have been a symbol of power and authority throughout the ages-- Horse racing -- how the rage for racing played an important role in the development of fashion and journalismWhimsical, witty, and highly informative, Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella leads us through the back door and into the kitchen of history -- where people really lived.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684801643
ISBN-10: 0684801647
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Touchstone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 18-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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