Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Is It A Fable Or Reality?

Many years ago there was a Hollywood historical movie that name I can't remember today.

There were 2 medieval sisters-queens or princesses there. One was very unhappy, she had to run away from somebody. The other sister called her to come where she lived, showed the best intentions to help and great sister-love. The first sister was so touched to see such cures. The other said: you are so tired, take a bath first and in that time we prepare to eat and your room. When the poor sister entered the bath, the bad sister closed the doors and filled the bath-room with boiled steam. And killed the rival.

On my photos you can see the calidarii, rooms for hot baths of Roman terms in Pompei and Ercolanum. You can see that those are the little rooms where there were the doors surely. And so, the situation, described in that movie could perfectly be real.

Калидариум

Калидариум

Now I want to tell you the REAL story. More. History.

When Hannibal wanted to enter Nocera, Roman colony, he could not do it because the town had very big wall and was good defended. So, he said, he will leave all the population alive if they allow him to enter the town.

The elders thought about this proposal and decided to open the doors. Hannibal, when entered the town, called the elders, closed them in calidarium and killed them all with the steam.

there is nothing new under the sun.

10 Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.

Ecclesiastes

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