Big news first -- looks like Miss FLG is going to be a big sister. UPDATE: Forgot to add "to a little sister."
Of drastically less importance, FLG subscribed to the History of Rome podcast this morning. FLG started from the beginning and this led to a couple of thoughts.
First, the podcaster mentions the numerous depictions of the Rape of the Sabine Women, including Rubens' depiction. However, if we are talking about Rubens' works with rape as the subject matter, then The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus is far superior.
Second, the podcaster also compared the myth that surrounds Washington with Romulus. FLG had some problems with the comparison, but there was a mention of, for example, of how Horatio Gates played a crucial role in the victory of the Battle of Saratoga, which in turn played a crucial role in turning the tide of the war, including bringing the French on-board, etc. What bothered FLG most is the idea that people don't know who Horatio Gates is. Surely he is better known in America today than, for example, the Rape of the Sabine Women.