I am reminding you about Sittius' bond, not for the first time, because I am anxious to make you realize my strong personal concern in that matter. Likewise about panthers -- please send for some from Cibyra and have them shipped to me.
Caelius Rufus to Cicero, 1 August 51 BC
In almost every letter I have written to you I have mentioned the subject of panthers. It will be little to your credit that Patiscus has sent ten panthers for Curio and you not many times as many. Curio has given me those animals and another ten from Africa -- in case you imagine that country estates are the only form of presents he knows! If you will but keep it in mind and send for beasts from Cibyra and write to Pamphylia likewise (they say the hunting is better there), the trick will be done. I am all the more exercised about this now because I think I shall have to make all my arrangements apart from my colleague. Do be a good fellow and give yourself an order about it. You generally like to be conscientious, as I for the most part like to be careless. Conscientiousness in this business is only a matter of saying a word so far as you are concerned, that is of giving an order and commission. As soon as the creatures are caught, you have the men I sent in connection with Sittius' bond to look after their feeding and transport to Rome. Indeed, if you hold out any hope when you write, I think I shall send some more men over.
Caelius Rufus to Cicero, 2 September 51 BC
Curio is behaving handsomely to me, and has made me a somewhat onerous present in the shape of the African panthers which were imported for his show. Had he not done that, one might have let the thing go. As it is, I have to give it. So, as I have asked you all along, please see that I have a few beasts from your part of the world. And I commend Sittius' bond to your kind attention.
Caelius Rufus to Cicero, early October 51 BC
It will be little to your credit if I don't have any Greek panthers.
Caelius Rufus to Cicero, February 50 BC
About the panthers, the usual hunters are doing their best on my instructions. But the creatures are in remarkably short supply, and those we have are said to be complaining bitterly because they are the only beings in my province who have to fear designs against their safety. Accordingly they are reported to have decided to leave this province and go to Caria. But the matter is receiving close attention, especially from Patiscus. Whatever comes to hand will be yours, but what that amounts to I simply do not know.
Cicero to Caelius Rufus, 4 April 50 BC.
Cicero's Letters to His Friends, volume 1, pages 170, 172, 180-1, 189, 190-1 (Penguin). Translation by D.R. Shackleton Bailey.
Stenhousemuir is named after a stone house. But Scotland is full of stone houses, so what makes this one special? It was built by the Romans.
Morton visit Ochilview Park, house of Stenhousemuir FC. The two clubs have taken a win off each other so far this season. Now Morton are in third place with 31 points, Stenny in eighth with 20. A win for the Greenockians could lift them into second place, provided Forfar lose; a loss could drop them as far as fifth.
Morton were relegated to the Second Division (now called League One) at the end of 1993-94. They won that division in 1994-95 with 64 points (18 wins, 10 draws and 8 losses) and were promoted back up after only one year. Is this year shaping up like that one? Not really, as Morton already have eight losses.
The Ton were again demoted to the Second Division at the end of 2000-01. Is this year like 2001-02? No. The club finished tenth that year with 7 wins, 14 draws and 15 losses for 35 points. They already have 10 wins this season, and 31 points.
Conclusion: this season is unlike any that has gone before.
Reece Hands has left Morton. Ross Caldwell, late of St Mirren, and Grant Adam have signed up. AND Peter MacDonald, the September 2011 Ginger Boot, is back! Promotion for sure!
[Morton win 2 - 3, with goals by S. McCluskey, T. O'Ware, and R. Caldwell. Morton are in second place, five points behind Stranraer.]
Scottish Amateur Cup, Fifth Round:
Greenock HSFP AFC (CSAFL) [2 - 0] Drumchapel FP AFC
The Polish translation of the ancient Roman joke book Philogelos. I offer this as evidence that Poland must be counted as one of those nations that could preserve civilization single-handed if need be.
I recently read Beatrice de Cardi's name in a footnote in an archaeology book published in 1950, and thought I'd look her up and see who she was. Well, she isn't was, she's is. She just celebrated her 100th birthday (read about it here), seven years after this BBC segment labelled her the oldest archaeologist in the world. She learned her archaeology from Mortimer Wheeler at Maiden Castle in the Thirties, but made her mark in Pakistan and the Persian Gulf. D
Many people go to Spoleto in Umbria for the opera. But while you are there you can might also visit the Monteluca, at one time a grove sacred to Jupiter. If you do, be sure to observe the Lex luci spoletina, which governs the site and was laid down in the 3rd century BC.
Let no-one violate this grove nor carry out anything that is in the grove nor set foot in it [or possibly 'cut it'] except annually on the day of the rite; on the day when it is done because of the rite it shall be permitted to enter (cut) it with impunity. Whosoever violates the grove shall give a purificatory offering of an ox to Jupiter; whoever violates it knowingly and maliciously shall give a purificatory offering of an ox to Jupiter and shall be fined 300 asses [a unit of currency]. The chief magistrate shall be responsible for the exaction of the offering and fine.