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Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero
MSNBC ^ | 8/23/2012 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 08/26/2012 8:21:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A just-deciphered ancient Greek poem discovered in Egypt deifies Poppaea Sabina, the wife of the infamous Roman emperor Nero, showing her ascending to the stars.

Based on the lettering styles and other factors, scholars think the poem was written nearly 200 years after Nero died (about 1,800 years ago), leaving them puzzled as to why someone so far away from Rome would bother composing or copying it at such a late date.

In the poem, Poppaea ascends to heaven and becomes a goddess. The ancient goddess Aphrodite says to Poppaea, "my child, stop crying and hurry up: with all their heart Zeus' stars welcome you and establish you on the moon."

Nero was one of the most infamous rulers who ever lived. Ancient writers say that he killed his own mother, Agrippina, and his first wife Octavia. He is also said to have killed Poppaea herself with a kick to her stomach while she was pregnant. If that wasn't enough, the well-known line -- "Nero fiddles while Rome burns" -- is an apocryphal phrase related to a great fire that ravaged Rome for six days during his reign.

Poppaea herself is also depicted in a less-than-positive light by ancient writers. When Octavia was killed, Poppaea was said to have been presented with her head. Some sources also speculate that she was the power behind the throne that encouraged Nero to murder his mother.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; romanempire

Images courtesy of Egypt Exploration Society
Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero

1 posted on 08/26/2012 8:21:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 08/26/2012 8:23:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, then.. History repeats......and we have Obama.


3 posted on 08/26/2012 8:25:43 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: SunkenCiv

4 posted on 08/26/2012 8:33:02 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1315 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: SunkenCiv

“To the moon, Poppaea” doesn’t have the same ring to it . . .


5 posted on 08/26/2012 8:47:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SunkenCiv

There was also the poem written by Seneca 50 years after Claudius died, “The pumpkinification of the God Claudius” but it aint exactly historically accurate;)


6 posted on 08/26/2012 8:50:39 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: null and void
*cue "turn to stone* by ELO
MEDUSA = Mooshelle

7 posted on 08/26/2012 8:59:26 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: Beowulf9
nether was
I,Claudius..but, it was a classic on PBS
by Robert Graves

8 posted on 08/26/2012 9:03:48 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: SunkenCiv

9 posted on 08/26/2012 9:14:30 PM PDT by garjog
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To: SunkenCiv
Ancient poem deifies wife of brutal Roman emperor Nero

Hillary's running.

I don't know what else ya'll need - this is damn near proof.

10 posted on 08/26/2012 9:39:22 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Poppaea - great ancient porn name.


11 posted on 08/27/2012 2:37:37 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Uh, disregard that last comment. I misread something...oops.


12 posted on 08/27/2012 2:39:25 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: null and void

OMG, that just made me spit out my breakfast cereal!

Hahahaha...brilliant!


13 posted on 08/27/2012 3:03:09 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Rub some bacon on it.")
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To: Moltke

Heh, was that the Roman equivalent of Crystal or Amber?


14 posted on 08/27/2012 3:04:55 AM PDT by rlmorel ("Rub some bacon on it.")
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To: null and void

Is that the next Senator from the state of Illinois?


15 posted on 08/27/2012 3:44:01 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SunkenCiv

Say what you will about Nero, he is one of the few people noted for using the Latin verb “perire”, “to die, perish”, in the first person singular, present tense, indicative mood. Latin, or any other language.

http://aureliomadrid.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/qualis-artifex-pereo/


16 posted on 08/27/2012 4:10:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: SunkenCiv

From the snippets in the article, it sounds like a touching story, beautifully told. The Greeks (and their Roman imitators) were the masters of this art. A beautiful woman dies young, and is installed in heaven as a goddess, where she is reunited with her two dead children, only to pine for the company of her husband, whom she watches over from the North Pole. Expect a Hallmark movie any day now.


17 posted on 08/27/2012 4:22:30 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

< sob> Can I have a hankie, please? < /sniff>


18 posted on 08/27/2012 5:16:28 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: rlmorel

It’s even better if you recognized the original image from “The Exorcist”...


19 posted on 08/27/2012 8:41:34 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1316 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hope Valeria Messalina became a goddess. I always liked her!


20 posted on 08/27/2012 8:52:24 AM PDT by procrustes
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Maybe so, but Nero fiddled as he burned a CD.


21 posted on 08/27/2012 3:47:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: procrustes

well, at least messalina made a bunch of guys happy.


22 posted on 08/27/2012 5:19:09 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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