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Amanirenas Biography

Amanirenasqueen of CushBorn: late first century B.C. Amanirenas presided over the kingdom of Meroë, the capital of the Cushite dynasty, in northeast Africa. When Roman emperor Augustus le…

Brewer's: Cut neither Nails nor Hair at Sea

Petronius says, “Non licere cuiquam mortalium in nave neque ungues neque capillos deponere, nisi cum pelago ventus irascitur.” The cuttings of the nails and hair were votive off…

Brewer's: Mote and Beam

(Matt. vii. 3-5). In alio pediculum video, in te ricinum non vides (Petronius). Here pediculum means a louse, and ricinum a tyke. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…

Brewer's: Othello's Occupation's Gone

(Shakespeare). “Jam quadrigae meae deencurrerunt” (Petronius). I am laid on the shelf; I am no longer the observed of observers. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cob…

The Waste Land

T. S. EliotAbstractNam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Sibylla ti theleis; respondebat illa: apothanein thelo.[I have seen with …

Brewer's: Chip

or Chips. A carpenter is known by his chips. A man is known to be a carpenter by the chips in his workshop, so the profession or taste of other men may be known by their manners or mode of…

Brewer's: Cow's Tail

“Always behind, like a cow's tail.” “Tanquam coda vituli.” ( Petronius.) The cow knows not the worth of her tail till she loses it, and is troubled with flies, whic…

Brewer's: Enter a House right Foot fore most

(Petronius). It was thought unlucky to enter a house or to leave one's chamber left foot foremost. Augustus was very superstitious on this point. Pythagoras taught that it is necessary to p…

Brewer's: Gold

By the ancient alchemists, gold represented the sun, and silver the moon. In heraldry, gold is expressed by dots. All he touches turns to gold. It is said of Midas that whatever he touched…