Editor's note: The following is NOT a flame. It is an earnest attempt to make
the "My god, there's an axe in my head!" list as accurate as possible, for
The latin version of this most notable quote (which is, incidentally, now on
MY answering machine), is not quite accurate in the current edition of the
list. May I suggest the following modifications:
Deus meus! Securis in capite meo est!
The original translation (aside from declension problems) would have been
re-translated inton something like "My God! The axe is there in my social
Some Classical axe trivia: The axe was almost never used by the Romans in
warfare; it was viewed as a weapon of the northern barbarians. It was, however,
used for executions, and therefore also was a symbol of governmental authority.
Therefore, if your average Roman citizen were to discover the presence of an
axe amonst his or her coiffure, he or she could make the educated guess that
it was placed there by
a) a barbarian
b) an executioner
c) a magistrate, or, in the Republican Era, the consul.
I hope this bit of knowledge enriches all our lives. Feel free to post some or
all of it wherever you feel necessary.
-- Eques Rufus, Early Medieval History scholar, BA (MA in progress)
-- aka Rob
"When you're right, you're a star; when you're half right, you're a gas giant."
-- Spider Robinson
\|/ Imagine this living carcass, screaming. \|/
-- * -- screaming endlessly into the anechoic void... -- * --
: -- Eques Rufus, Early Medieval History scholar, BA (MA in progress)
: -- aka Rob
Fuck fuck fuck fuck. I've just been rejected from an MPhil
program in Medieval Studies. (I was also accepted to one, but the
immigration officials here are making me leave so I can't do it.)
HELP ME!!!! What schools in the US/Canada are good for Medieval
studies? I am jealous of you. You have a life. Help!!
(frustrated Early Medieval Art History Scholar)
"Behind every silver lining, there is a dark cloud...."
>studies? I am jealous of you. You have a life. Help!!
Hey Rob, hear that? you have a life, now stop your whining my transplanted
heh, just HAD to comment on that comment...