A curious way to go....

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
User avatar
quix
Posts: 6456
Joined: 11 Apr 2007, 13:49
Location: La la land

A curious way to go....

Postby quix » 03 Feb 2018, 14:14

Aeschylus the Ancient Greek tragedian was killed by a tortoise dropped by an eagle which had mistaken his bald head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell of the reptile.

I have some questions about this. Perhaps the bird didn’t mistake his head for a rock? Perhaps it thought, that’s a good head to crack my tortoise on! And was he killed by the tortoise or the eagle?

Anyway. It’s a curiously tragic way to go.

*I do worry about things falling on my head sometimes.

User avatar
Dr Markus
Posts: 17670
Joined: 07 Jan 2012, 18:16

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Dr Markus » 03 Feb 2018, 14:21

With questions like this, I'd say it's too late to worry about things dropping on your head.











;) :P
Drama Queenie wrote:You are a chauvinist of the quaintest kind. About as threatening as Jack Duckworth, you are a harmless relic of that cherished era when things were 'different'. Now get back to drawing a moustache on that page three model

User avatar
quix
Posts: 6456
Joined: 11 Apr 2007, 13:49
Location: La la land

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby quix » 03 Feb 2018, 14:48

The Great Defector wrote:With questions like this, I'd say it's too late to worry about things dropping on your head.

;) :P


:D

Positive Passion
Posts: 498
Joined: 05 Jul 2017, 23:05

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Positive Passion » 03 Feb 2018, 15:30

There's that story about the guy driving in south England - Surrey, I believe - who was killed when a hippopotamus landed on his car.

User avatar
quix
Posts: 6456
Joined: 11 Apr 2007, 13:49
Location: La la land

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby quix » 03 Feb 2018, 15:54

Positive Passion wrote:There's that story about the guy driving in south England - Surrey, I believe - who was killed when a hippopotamus landed on his car.


What dropped it???!!!

User avatar
Dr Markus
Posts: 17670
Joined: 07 Jan 2012, 18:16

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Dr Markus » 03 Feb 2018, 18:33

Positive Passion wrote:There's that story about the guy driving in south England - Surrey, I believe - who was killed when a hippopotamus landed on his car.



Mimmsy?
Drama Queenie wrote:You are a chauvinist of the quaintest kind. About as threatening as Jack Duckworth, you are a harmless relic of that cherished era when things were 'different'. Now get back to drawing a moustache on that page three model

User avatar
Davey the Fat Boy
Posts: 23320
Joined: 05 Jan 2006, 02:55
Location: Applebees

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 03 Feb 2018, 18:40

How do they know the Eagle was confused? Maybe he meant to kill him!
The opinions of this poster are subjective. That’s how opinions work.

Image

User avatar
quix
Posts: 6456
Joined: 11 Apr 2007, 13:49
Location: La la land

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby quix » 03 Feb 2018, 20:19

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:How do they know the Eagle was confused? Maybe he meant to kill him!

That’s what I thought!

Hugh
Posts: 15548
Joined: 16 Jul 2003, 20:43

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Hugh » 04 Feb 2018, 01:15

It was probably a turtle misunderstanding on the eagle’s part.

User avatar
Jimbo
Posts: 14698
Joined: 26 Dec 2009, 21:22

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Jimbo » 04 Feb 2018, 05:44

You have helmets for motorcycles and bicycles and other moving stuff. I saw a video once which said car makers could eliminate a lot of the safety features if everyone did like race car drivers and wore helmets. In Japan all kinds of workers wear them. By extension, everyone should wear a helmet everywhere - - just in case.

Image
Gadfly

User avatar
trans-chigley express
Posts: 17076
Joined: 11 Nov 2003, 01:50
Location: Asia's WC

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby trans-chigley express » 04 Feb 2018, 06:02

I never log in to BCB without wearing a hard hat. You just never know.

User avatar
Jimbo
Posts: 14698
Joined: 26 Dec 2009, 21:22

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Jimbo » 04 Feb 2018, 06:12

trans-chigley express wrote:I never log in to BCB without wearing a hard hat. You just never know.


It's raining anvils somewhere, you know.
Gadfly

User avatar
quix
Posts: 6456
Joined: 11 Apr 2007, 13:49
Location: La la land

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby quix » 04 Feb 2018, 08:42

Hugh wrote:It was probably a turtle misunderstanding on the eagle’s part.

:D

User avatar
northernsky
Posts: 2256
Joined: 08 Aug 2005, 10:18
Location: East of Sweden

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby northernsky » 04 Feb 2018, 09:42

Hugh wrote:It was probably a turtle misunderstanding on the eagle’s part.


Aeschylus suffered an exquisite moment of terror, pending the impact.

User avatar
Pansy Puff
Posts: 8026
Joined: 22 Feb 2012, 21:10
Location: Under the watchful eye of the Clive police

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Pansy Puff » 04 Feb 2018, 10:11

I assumed he was murdered, perhaps by a thief or someone with a grudge.
“He’s got the memory of an elephant ... and the trophy cabinet of one too.”

User avatar
Toby
Arsehole all Erect
Posts: 22856
Joined: 28 Jul 2003, 23:13
Contact:

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Toby » 04 Feb 2018, 10:16

There is absolutely no evidence for this. Valerius Maximus wrote this as fact around 500 years later, which means nothing.

User avatar
Deebank
Resonator
Posts: 22829
Joined: 10 Oct 2003, 13:47
Location: In a beautiful place out in the country

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Deebank » 04 Feb 2018, 10:22

Heavy tortoise, tired eagle.
Just a tragic accident perhaps?
Paid anghofio fod dy galon yn y chwyldro

User avatar
Toby
Arsehole all Erect
Posts: 22856
Joined: 28 Jul 2003, 23:13
Contact:

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby Toby » 04 Feb 2018, 10:26

The poet Aeschylus’ departure was not voluntary, but the novelty of the occurrence makes it worth mention. He was in Sicily. Leaving the walls of the town where he was staying, he sat down in a sunny spot. An eagle carrying a tortoise was above him. Deceived by the gleam of his hairless skull, it dashed the tortoise against it, as though it were a stone, in order to feed on the flesh of the broken animal. By that blow the origin and beginning of more perfect tragedy was extinguished.


Valerius Maximus was a purveyor of historical anecdotes during the time of Tiberius who used rhetoric to suggest that the Romans were morally superior to other people, including the Greeks.

History was used at this time as a form of moral teaching, most notably by Livy. Fact and myth were often inseparable.

User avatar
quix
Posts: 6456
Joined: 11 Apr 2007, 13:49
Location: La la land

Re: A curious way to go....

Postby quix » 04 Feb 2018, 13:00

Fake news? :o