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According to Tacitus ( a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire), Calgacus (sometimes Calgacos or Galgacus) was a chieftain of the Caledonian Confederacy who fought the Roman army of Gnaeus Julius Agricola at the Battle of Mons Graupius in northern Scotland in AD 83 or 84. His name can be as interpreted as Celtic *calg-ac-os, “possessing a blade” or “possessing a penis”.
Not making fun of Galgacus here, just put him in animated, whimsical form, though enough heart to realise he is one serious dude?
Just a thought also, it was the battle of Mons Grapius, where supposedly 30,000 Caledonians against some 17,000 to 30,000 Roman soldiers fought. It was recorded that the Calendonians (PICTS) suffered a great loss? A tremendous defeat? An estimated 10,000 Picts lay dead upon the battle field, as the remianing 20,000 ran for thier lives, all at the hands of just 360 auxiliary troops, for the rest of the legions were not even engaged in the battle?
Hhmmmmm, can we believe such a report? And where were the weapons of mass destruction? hehehehehe! No i think this is wishful thinking on behalf of a senator and a Roman society moving towards Empirical status, just propaganda!
Following this final battle, it was proclaimed that Agricola had finally subdued all the tribes of Britain and the constructing of we have the building of the Antonine Wall in 142Ad and some 20 years later in 122Ad .C the Hadrian Wall as the lines of the Roman frontier withdrew from a tenacious enemy and hardly defeated or broken people.
And if such a solid and no doubt pyschological defeat took place at Mons Grapius, why build a wall in the first place? Why aren’t these walls littering the whole British isles?
I think Rome needed to hear a good report, just as thier leaders good not hear report of thier own legions defeat!
The wall was not a reminder of a defeated people, but of an outpost that the Rome could not take and a people they could not colonise!
Galgacus’ speech maybe fantasy and lends itself to the creation of a noble savage and the reluctant surrender of a people; for the roman elite to imagine over. But, the words in context of a writer torn between two realities rings true all the same!
|“||Whenever I consider the origin of this war and the necessities of our position, I have a sure confidence that this day, and this union of yours, will be the beginning of freedom to the whole of Britain. To all of us slavery is a thing unknown; there are no lands beyond us, and even the sea is not safe, menaced as we are by a Roman fleet. And thus in war and battle, in which the brave find glory, even the coward will find safety. Former contests, in which, with varying fortune, the Romans were resisted, still left in us a last hope of succour, inasmuch as being the most renowned nation of Britain, dwelling in the very heart of the country, and out of sight of the shores of the conquered, we could keep even our eyes unpolluted by the contagion of slavery. To us who dwell on the uttermost confines of the earth and of freedom, this remote sanctuary of Britain’s glory has up to this time been a defence. Now, however, the furthest limits of Britain are thrown open, and the unknown always passes for the marvellous. But there are no tribes beyond us, nothing indeed but waves and rocks, and the yet more terrible Romans, from whose oppression escape is vainly sought by obedience and submission. Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace.||”|
Perhaps this is but the mixed conscience of Tacitus writing in a manner that would both offend and slightly please Roman sensibilities; if it indeed blatantly came from one of romes own?
*And you will notice for the sensitive nature of many women folk, an elaborately woven lap lap covers scotlands greatest weapon…………. for……. “Here’s tae us, Wha’s like us, Damn few. And they’re a’ deid, Mair’s the pity!
( I have taken a fair share of whats written here from WIKIPEDIA. Save me going through books for a wee’ blog entry!)
Just knocked off this little pictish ditty the other night and thought i’d share it wid ya’ll?
I designed it primarily for a T-Shirt, i just can not justify paying some big name brand $50 or more for a one colour font based design on a t-shirt, all you become is a walking billboard and you are paying them for the priviledge, crazy!
So i have got into the habit of doing my own t-shirts via redbubble.com when my t-shirt supplies are wearing out!
This print available here<<<
This design is from a stone carving, the design has been entitled by researchers as a SERPENT & Z ROD.
There are a number of versions of the SERPENT or SNAKE & Z ROD, though this one is found in Inverurie Parish and is called the Brandsbut Stone, located in Aberdeenshire .
It is considered a class1 stone and includes writing in Ogham, a written language first developed in Ireland and later used in Scotland. The Brandsbutt Stone was at one time broken in pieces, it was going to be used to build a field dyke, but the pieces have since been put together and such stones treasured more highly. Who knows how many other stones have been lost this way?
I hate wanting things, but yet i love longing for things, this is our modern life, the wanting of stuff. Stuff that isn’t crucial to living though, for we are still able to get on each day, work, eat and go to bed at night, so really these wants are not important if we never get them, right? The balance between what we want and what we need reflects our contentment or lack there of, where do your scales tip?
But…. anyway, here’s some things i want, but really don’t need!
Alex Steinweiss: Creator of the Modern Album Cover
(Limited Edition) [Hardcover]
Miles Davis: ESP record, not on CD or Mp3 …. but on wax! That’s how i want it… some people may get what i am saying here? First released in 1965. You can get it for various prices online, ranging from 5pounds to $50?
Now i have ” A LOVE SUPREME” on cd & MP3, bt the deal is to have it on record, anyone who enjoys watching a sunset and slowly sinking a amber, hard or cool drink would get me here? What i think is one of John Coltrane’s seminal recordings! Pricing ranges from $20 to $200…… depends on what you know and what they don’t or do know? 🙂
*More to come on this list!!
Above here is the easily identifiable Bridget Bardot, but what isn’t obvious is that Brigitte is on a rare Iranian single record sleeve cover by Royal Records. Boy, havent times changed in Iran huh? More about Iran and records “here”
Though, where did i find such a beauty of an image and record cover, well right “here” at LP Cover Lover – The World’s Greatest LP Album Covers, a great and fabulous blog devoted to the wonderful and forgotten world of album covers, a collection of images perhaps without parallel on the net.
I have a particular love for Jazz covers f the 1950’s and 60’s, the photography and art are incredible and encapsulate the period of time and music with incredible simplicity but style, hip indeed daddy O”.
So i encourage to subscribe to the feed and take a bit of time around the blog, be inspired, be gob smacked, bent over in laughter and even disturbed, but all in all go and buy some records for your shelves, it’ll look good next to your Ipod dock 🙂
Some people find some things interesting, whilst others have no interest in them at all, here are a few things that to me are filled with INTERESTINGNESS! hehehehe!
1) Design similarity in some Viking and Pict stone carvings.
Another and more clearer version of the Jelling Stone, commissioned by King Harald Bluetooth in 965 here.
Also… this wee beasty, a painted replica.
*Note the thick interwining knots, they bare a line running through the middle.
Now look here>>> Migvie Stone <<<< Pictish Cross.
There are some better examples of this in other works, i will try to track some imaes down!
2) Similar themes and subject matter in Pictish and European Celtic carvings.
I am not suggesting anything here, just think its interesting, make of the similarities what you will?