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« Reply #45 on: August 25, 2017, 07:07:53 PM »
That is one of the most latin things I've ever read. Astonishing

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« Reply #46 on: August 25, 2017, 07:19:54 PM »
It was also caused by a banana company buying up land, as if this wasn't crodio enough.

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #47 on: August 25, 2017, 09:24:33 PM »
Quote from: Smedley Butler, retired Major General in the USMC, printed in 'Common Sense', 1935
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #48 on: November 20, 2017, 03:29:21 PM »
Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases
Translations reveal Amazons' names such as Don't Fail and Hot Flanks!

 :arrow: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140923-amazon-greek-vase-translations-science/

William Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury  :arrow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Longesp%C3%A9e,_3rd_Earl_of_Salisbury

Bizarrely, the well-preserved corpse of a rat which carried traces of arsenic, was found inside his skull.
The rat is now on display in a case at the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum.
:shock: http://quigleyscabinet.blogspot.ae/2010/11/rat-bastard.html

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #49 on: November 26, 2017, 09:04:22 PM »
The Ballad of Hi Jolly  :arrow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi_Jolly

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United States Camel Corps  :arrow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Camel_Corps

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"Once, insulted because he had not been invited to a German picnic in Los Angeles,
he broke up the gathering by driving into it on a yellow cart pulled by two of his pet camels!"
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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #50 on: February 16, 2018, 12:39:22 AM »
Theon, an Angry Boy from Roman Egypt


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Theon to his father: Theon greetings. It was so nice of you not to take me with you to the city. If you refuse to take me with you to Alexandria I won’t write you a letter or speak to you or wish you good health. So, if you go to Alexandria I won’t take your hand or greet you ever again. If you refuse to take me, this is what will happen. And my mother said to Archelaos that he is upsetting me, take him away! It was so nice of you, sending me these great presents, just rubbish. They put me off the track on the 12th, the day when you sailed. Well then, send for me, I beg you. If you don’t, I won’t eat, I won’t drink; there! I pray for your health. Tybi 18th.

Deliver to Theon from Theonas his son.

What a twat. The article explains that his grammar was quite bad, but also that he deftly imitates the common style of letters between adults (as seen below)



A Real Letter from a Roman Soldier


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Apion to  his father and lord Epimachos: Many good wishes!
First of all I hope you are in good health and that things are going well for you and my sister and her daughter and my brother.  I thank the Lord Serapis [an Egyptian god] for saving me right off when I was in danger at sea.
When I arrived at Misenum [the Roman war harbor, near Naples], I received three gold pieces from the Emperor [Trajan?] as road money, and I’m doing just fine.
Please write me a line, my lord father, about your own well-being, second about that of my brother and sister, and third so that I may devotedly greet your hand, because you brought me up well and I may therefore hope for rapid promotion, the gods willing. Give my regards to Capiton [some friend] and my brother and sister and Serenilla [a family slave?] and my friends. I’m sending you my little  portrait through Euktemon. My [new]Roman name is Antonius Maximus.
All my best!

Interesting that he mentions the sending of portraits. This is of course the same period and location as the fayum portraits, so perhaps there were far more of these than we are commonly familiar with. Also quite interesting that he mentions his new roman name with pride, and harkens to an Egyptian God. He was probably a Greek born in Egypt
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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #51 on: February 17, 2018, 09:13:18 AM »
That's pretty great. There were a lot of changes going on in Greek at that time so you see a lot of mistakes. Sometimes you can see where somebody, maybe a schoolmaster or the scribe himself, has made corrections.

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2018, 08:04:47 AM »
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I’m sending you my little  portrait through Euktemon...
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« Reply #53 on: February 22, 2018, 12:11:41 AM »
Those letters are extremely interesting Jakub I want more. Its absolutely fascinating to see a common familial relationship in words from Antiquity. The respect for his Pater Familias is pretty intense.

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #54 on: February 22, 2018, 12:47:36 AM »
Hence why I started this thread. Day to day life is way way wya wya wyswysgs way more interesting than the state-level great-men geopolitics that most people think history is all about. It's so easy to fall into the mindset where you assume nobody before 1900 was a real person.

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #55 on: February 27, 2018, 08:39:22 AM »
Epitaph on a grave:

Finaliter careo podagra

"At last I'm rid of my gout. "

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #56 on: March 06, 2018, 04:14:28 PM »
A Tale of Two Ports....

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #57 on: March 15, 2018, 11:51:31 PM »
Along with your mom 7 other women of your family **** me and I dont clean my ass.
**** you, just because you work for NASA it doesn't mean that you know any more about NASA space programs than the journalists of that hungarian ufo magazine.

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Re: Interesting, Humourous or Just Plain Weird Primary Sources
« Reply #58 on: October 03, 2019, 06:57:28 AM »
http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beastalphashort.htm
Quote from: Isidore of Seville
The beavers (castor) is so named from being castrated. Beavers are hunted for their testicles, which are good for medicine; when a hunter comes near they bite off their testicles to save themselves. Beavers are also called Pontic dogs.

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The panther (pantera) takes its name from the Greek word for "all" (pan), because the panther is the friend of all beasts other than the dragon. They are covered with black and white circles that look like eyes. Female panthers can only give birth once, because the cubs, in their eagerness to escape the womb, tear at their mother with their claws so she can no longer conceive.
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Spiders are worms of the air and get their food from the air. From their body they produce a long thread and they never stop working, but are always kept hanging by their art.
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There are several kinds of owl. The screech owl (bubo) takes its name from the sound of its voice; it is a deadly bird, burdened with feathers and with a heavy laziness. It lives in caves and wanders in tombs day and night. The night-owl (noctua) is is smaller than the bubo it flies by night and cannot see during the day, because the brightness of the sun blinds it. It does not live on the island of Crete, and if brought there it dies at once. The night raven (nycticorax) loves the night and cannot stand the sight of the sun. Another kind of screech owl (strix) has its name from its strident (stridet) call. It is also called by the Greek word amma (nurse) because it loves (amando) infants and is said to offer milk to the newborn..

Quote from: Bartholomeus Anglicus
He is a full lecherous beast in youth, swift, pliant, and merry, and leapeth and reseth on everything that is to fore him: and is led by a straw, and playeth therewith: and is a right heavy beast in age and full sleepy, and lieth slyly in wait for mice: and is aware where they be more by smell than by sight, and hunteth and reseth on them in privy places: and when he taketh a mouse, he playeth therewith, and eateth him after the play. In time of love is hard fighting for wives, and one scratcheth and rendeth the other grievously with biting and with claws. And he maketh a ruthful noise and ghastful, when one proffereth to fight with another: and unneth is hurt when he is thrown down off an high place. And when he hath a fair skin, he is as it were proud thereof, and goeth fast about: and when his skin is burnt, then he bideth at home; and is oft for his fair skin taken of the skinner, and slain and flayed.
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