Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Few Things

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.

9 comments:

The Maximum Leader said...

Congratulations! Great news. I hope Mrs FLG remains well and has an easy pregnancy.

Re: History of Rome. I have subscribed to this podcast for a mighty long time. I think I started just before the First Punic Wars.

I love the podcast. He does it out of love and will often make corrections and amendments concerning something he got wrong, mispronounced, or just forgot to mention that is worth mentioning. It is a very worthwhile way to spend a few minutes every week.

Withywindle said...

Congratulations also!

Tell me again what the Sabine Women did to Horatio Gates?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Happy, happy news. And such fun ahead.

(It was all I could to to not do a weiner joke...)

Mrs. P

arethusa said...

Congratulations! And speaking of Rome, will you be adopting the nomenclature for daughters - Miss FLG Maior and her younger sister Miss FLG Minor?

(I suppose you could even make them feminine if you liked, though the Romans didn't have maiora and minora for feminine singular nominatives.)

Robbo said...

Congratulations! You will now be able to refer to the Misses FLG.

I will get to work on some more name suggestions right away. How about "Angst and Ad Hominem in Arlington"?

Anonymous said...

So, are you going to be as spectacular a dad as this one???
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394294/Worlds-mortifying-dad-The-father-dressed-costume-wave-goodbye-sons-school-bus--170-days.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
dave.s.

Flavia said...

Congratulations, Famille FLG!

Andrew Stevens said...

Congratulations.

Couldn't say whether the rape of the Sabines is more famous than Horatio Gates. I'm certainly more familiar with the former than the latter, but I'm not remotely typical.

Alpheus said...

And congratulations again!

Latin instruction should begin no later than 7 years old. Total immersion is best . . .

 
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