Jun. 30th, 2011

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I have spent the past few days reading Seneca the Elder's reports of various declaimers and their speeches. So many sons disowned by parents and becoming pirates and then saving their fathers and being reinstated as heirs and then the same fathers being accused of insanity by other sons! It's like the entire Roman world was obsessed by pirates and their potential for disowned sons. Clearly they were the go to place if you were chucked out of home. I wonder if they had ads in the forum: 'Disinherited? Have you thought about piracy? All the parrots and arrghing you could want! Send a papyrus roll to Marcus the One-eyed. No time-wasters, please!'

There's also a lot of virgins and heroes with their hands cut off asking their sons to kill their mothers who are having affairs. School must have been awesome back then. Apart from your teachers mocking you when you made an inappropriate comment.

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