Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hail Mighty Caesar!

Rob went on a school trip today to the Worcester Art Museum ( I must be honest, I'd never heard of it before (I'm not much of a museum type o' gal), so I had to look up some details on their website, which says "The Worcester Art Museum is acclaimed for the quality of its collections. European and North American painting, prints, photographs and drawings; Asian art, Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics and Contemporary art. "

Robert is currently studying Greek and Roman history in school, so thats mainly what they went to see. He also spent some time there in their craft room creating his own mosaic picture frame (see above).

Its ironic to see that he likes this era in history, being as he was born in Newport, with Caerleon and its Roman remains right next door. When he visits Wales in the summer, we will have to make sure we visit; See below for a picture of the remains of a Roman amphitheatre in Caerleon, South Wales.

Anyway, being as we are on the subject of Rome, here's a little joke I found that will appeal to historians and soccer fans alike...

Julius Caesar was addressing the crowd in the Colliseum.

"Friends, Romans and Countrymen, lend me your ears. Tomorrow I take our glorious army to conquer Northern Europe and I shall start with France. We shall kill many Gauls and return victorious."

The crowd are up on their feet "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees, hail mighty Caesar"

Brutus turns to his mate and says " He doesn't half talk some rubbish eh? He couldn't fight his way out of a wet parchment bag."

Six months later, Caesar comes back having conqured France and addresses the crowd in the Colliseum. " Friends, Romans and Countrymen, I have returned from our campaign in France and as I promised, we killed 50,000 Gauls".

The crowd are up on their feet again. "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees, hail mighty Caesar".

Brutus once again turns to his mate "I'm sick of his nonsense, I'm off to France to check this out."

So Brutus sets of for France and three weeks later he comes back to Rome. Caesar is addressing the public in the Colliseum again "Friends, Romans and Countrymen, tomorrow we set off for Britain and we are going to sort those b*stards out"

The crowd are up on their feet. "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees, hail mighty Caesar"

Brutus jumps up and shouts "Caesar, you are a liar. You told us that you had killed 50,000 Gauls in France but I've been there to check it out and you only killed 25,000 !!!!"

The crowd are stunned and all sit down in silence.

Caesar gets up and looks slowly round the Colliseum then across at Brutus and says "Brutus, you are forgetting one thing.........

Away Gauls count double in Europe."

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