Smorgasbord Reblog – An Ancient Roman Myth – Paul Andruss

There is only one writer I know, Paul Andruss, who can dispel a Roman Myth with such style.. As to the menu of the Roman feasts and shenanigans… flamingo tongues and stuffed dormice.. no wonder the empire fell..

Romes mythical founders Romulus & Remus were suckled by a she-wolf

Since I’ve done the Greek myths to death, how about an old Roman myth for a change?

The Ancient Romans loved their orgies, right? Sex; gluttony; sickening violence: you name it they loved it.

From lunchtime to dawn, guests consumed lashings of wine and exotic foods, such as ostrich and peacock brains, flamingo tongues, porpoise meatballs, stuffed dormice, boiled parrot (yes, that’s right; it’s not a typo for carrot) and sow’s udder served steeped in its own milk.

‘No, honestly, just the green salad would be lovely thank you. Did you say the chef had washed his hands? Well, just a cup of boiled water then.’

Obviously eating and drinking copious amounts all day and night necessitated something a bit more drastic than the odd gulp of Milk of Magnesia. So dining rooms were furnished with an adjacent cubical called a vomitorium. Here you could talk to god on the big white phone – you know… ‘Oh God! Oooh Godddd. Oh dear Godddd, noooo – before going back and enjoying yourself some more.

Read the rest of this enlightening dispellation of a Roman Myth:

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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