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: http://www.paul-andruss.com/an-ancient-roman-myth