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:
- Flabellifer—Primary job function is carrying a fan and flapping it on command.
- Sandaligerula—Seeking 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 camelorum—Only 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 Plucker—Steady hand and high tolerance to shrieking strongly preferred.