If our ancestors scoured todays help wanted ads, theyd probably find many modern jobs baffling (Application Systems Support Engineer? Analytics Consulting Analyst?). But their occupations are often equally bewildering to us, especially the further back in time you go.
Case in point: This morning, I heard a radio interview with Vicki Leon, author of Working IX to V, a new book about professions in the ancient world. Consider a few of the career opportunities for our long, long ago ancestors:
- FlabelliferPrimary job function is carrying a fan and flapping it on command.
- SandaligerulaSeeking highly motivated sandal remover. This position is responsible for changing boss street shoes and party slippers, and ensuring he or she is wearing situationally appropriate footwear at all times.
- Praepositus camelorumOnly the best in beast supplying need apply. Must demonstrate proven ability to track, capture and supply animals used in Roman gladiatorial contests and circuses.
- Armpit PluckerSteady hand and high tolerance to shrieking strongly preferred.