10 May 2006
In 190 BC, the Romans under Lucius Cornelius Scipio defeated the Seleucids at the Battle of Magnesia, placing Greece under Roman control and no doubt contributing to the Empire's future heartburn.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the calendar, Mark A. Rayner, with the assistance of General Kang, presents Carnival of the Vanities #190, a week's worth of bloggage in a single handy compendium.
Posted at 11:06 AM to Blogorrhea
In 190 BC, the Romans under Lucius Cornelius Scipio defeated the Seleucids at the Battle of Magnesia...
After which they celebrated with the local milk.
The morning after was ... unpleasant.
Nothing like the heartburn they gave Hellenes, by grafting the Roman descriptor "Greeks" onto them and their land/culture -- a mis-identifier that persists to this day in most of the world west of Asia Minor. (A Persian moniker took care of a big chunk east of that.)
It was karmic, as the Greeks did the same thing to Egypt. To the victors go the naming rights.
That's what they say in Texas. (And it makes you wonder how France managed to stay France all those centuries.)
If it makes you feel any better, in modern Greek, it didn't: The name still translates literally to Gaul. (Says more about the Greeks clinging to old labels than anything else, actually.)