Friday, March 30, 2007

Wisdom of the Ancients

Sir Jason honors us with these immortal tidbits of wisdom...history with humor!

Croesus and Cyrus watching the pillaging of Croesus'
city by the Persian army:

Croesus: What are your men doing?
Cyrus: That's easy, looting your city and taking your
treasure.
Croesus: I have no treasure left, remember? That's now
YOUR treasure they are taking!


Spartan observers viewing Persians slain by the
Athenian host:
"Not bad."

Spartan Exile to King Xerxes:

"The Spartans are free, but not in all things. Their law is their master. They
fear it more then your slaves fear you."


Description of the Greek fleet at Salamis:

"...the utterly ruinous rams..."

Xerxes witnessing Queen Artemisia's cunning evasion of Captain Aminias' attack at Salamis:

"My men have become women and my women have become
men."


Athenian politician Themistocles to companion as the
Persian dead were rifled after the Battle of Salamis:

"Help yourself for you are not Themistocles."

Themistocles shaking down the city of Andros for contributions:

"Athens has two great goddesses-Persuasion and Necessity."
Reply: "Andros also has two great goddesses-Poverty
and Hardship."


Timely thoughts, Sir Jason. When we reflect on how little human nature and our world has changed in three thousand years, it becomes apparent that our actions remain the same; only the toys have changed.

Sir Chuck

2 comments:

  1. Timely thoughts, Sir Jason. When we reflect on how little human nature and our world has changed in three thousand years, it becomes apparent that our actions remain the same; only the toys have changed.
    ________________________________
    aye

    Sir Jason

    ReplyDelete
  2. Captain Aminias' attack at Salamis
    ______________________________
    The fierce Athenian Trieme captain Aminias is credited with one of the
    greatest numbers of Persian ships sank at Salimis.

    Sir Jason

    ReplyDelete