Sunday, January 16, 2005

On the 19th of December in 45 BCE, Caesar -- that is, Gaius Julius -- took dinner with Marcus Tullius Cicero. JC had brought with him troops of two thousand strong -- not a man, evidently, to travel light. The elegant orator was somewhat annoyed to have tough-as-nails soldiers traipsing flowerbeds and tracking mud on his mosaic floors, but he managed nonetheless to play the gracious host.  

A "fine, well-appointed meal", Cicero wrote in a letter to a friend. He and Caesar spoke of "nothing serious, but a good deal on literary matters." Yes.

The meeting of two of the greatest authors in Roman history, and they discussed other people's work!

posted at 11:26:11 pm

January 18, 2005   05:19 PM PST
That reminds me of a poem by Robert Service titled "Bookshelf".
January 17, 2005   04:09 PM PST
Well of course, if they have a disagreement about either of the others work it will escalate rapidly with two thousand soldiers outside.
January 17, 2005   02:00 PM PST
Most of the great authors I can think of would rather talk about someone else's work than their own. The mediocre ones are the ones that like to talk about themselves. Hee
January 17, 2005   12:33 AM PST
I think they thought it'd be kind of egotistical to talk about their own.

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Glo'ri'a'na, noun:
1. An alternative form of "Gloria."
2. As "Americana" defines itself as artefacts of American culture, "Gloriana" consists of the artefacts of my culture.


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