The Most Extravagant Dinner Parties in History

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You Want Fries With That Ostrich Brain?

OstrichRoman Emperor Heliogabalus could throw a party like none other. Inventor of the "progressive dinner," Heliogabalus liked to sponsor multi-course feasts that took his guests all over Rome in search of more and more exotic food.

One such party, in 220 AD, finished up at Heliogabalus' house for a main course of Ostrich Brain with a side of eel that had been raised on the flesh of his slaves. Pretty nasty stuff, even at the time.

As his guests, in their drunken stupor and exhaustion, retired to Heliogabalus' lounge, their host thought it would be fun to lock all the doors and let loose his pet lions. Only after the ensuing panic did he tell his guests that the lions were tame. Fun guy, huh?

The good news was, if you made it all the way to the end, you got to take home a Eunuch as a party favor.

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