Athenaeus has preserved a jest from the court of Lysimachus, one of Alexander’s generals: King Lysimachus, who was somewhat stingy, once put a wooden scorpion into the dress of a parasite, for the purpose of frightening him. “I will frighten you, sir,” he said; “give me … two hundred pounds!” – Athenaeus, book vi. p. 246. [...]
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The story is in Macrobius, Saturnalia, book 2, chapter 4:  As he went down from his residence on the Palatine, a seedy-looking Greek used to offer him a complimentary epigram. This the man did on many occasions without success, and Augustus, seeing him about to do it again, wrote a short epigram in Greek [...]
I have been reading the Saturnalia of Macrobius, that curious store of Latin learning from the very end of the empire. Book 2 contains a collection of witticisms. Here are a few. [ 1] But I am surprised, continued Symmachus, that none of you have said anything of Cicero’s jests, for here, as in everything [...]
It’s far, far too hot to do ANYTHING!!! Turn off your computers, disconnect your wifi, and go out of your houses and frolic on the grass. That should produce rain, and then we can all get back to work again.
I thought this story must be a spoof. But apparently it isn’t: A multi-faith praying machine called the Pray-O-Mat has been installed at the University of Manchester. The specially converted photo booth offers more than 300 pre-recorded prayers and incantations in 65 different languages via a touch screen. The free-to-use machine, designed by German artist [...]
An amusing item was posted by Professor Edith Hall on the CLASSICS-L list yesterday, which came into LT-ANTIQ as well: Meanwhile, proof has arrived of the potency of our subject. One of my PhD students, Katie Billotte, sent a copy of a scholarly book I published as a sedate OUP monograph in 1989, “Inventing the [...]
I’ve just seen the website of St. Marys, Bletchley, which has the slogan: Following Jesus ever more closely Just like this: Hmm. It’s probably my warped sense of humour, but this conjured up quite an image. Following Jesus closely… And more closely … And still more closely … And … ouch! I have this picture [...]
I have taken another step to prepare for my forthcoming trip to Israel, visiting Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Galilee, etc. It is a step that may strike fear into the hearts of many. I have bought a pair of swimming trunks. I promise not to post pictures. Lady readers might be overcome. UPDATE: The internet [...]
In certain societies, in order for a marriage to take place, the groom must purchase the bride from her father, in return for a certain number of camels. (I vaguely remember reading this somewhere, or perhaps heard it on the radio, so it must be true) In others, the father is obliged to pay the [...]
Oops: The site explains: Two lengthy flights to the Middle East were conducted by the Graf Zeppelin in 1929 and 1931. The ship’s flight over Jerusalem in 1929 took place at night, and no pictures of the ship were taken. But the flight in 1931, in daylight, was photographed by the American Colony photographers and [...]