Grack21 Posted January 24, 2011 Share Posted January 24, 2011 I haven't read Iggulden myself and have certainly read other comments about his books being bad examples of historical novels.However, it is not at all necessarily inaccurate of him to mention "corn fields" in ancient Rome since he is a British author. "Corn" is one of the words which has a different definition in British English than it does in American English. In the USA, we only use the word "corn" to describe the North American plant where kernels grow on a cob. In England, the word "corn" is often just a synonym for "grain". To a British writer, oats, wheat, rye, barley, etc., are all forms of "corn", and if he wanted to refer specifically to what we call "corn" in the USA he would have said "maize". I stand corrected! (Still think the writing is awful :P ) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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