The King’s Speech
He will never leave Pella, they said.
I came. I conquered. A third clause would make this aphorism neater but only at the cost of falsifying history. Let the slow write more words. I shall settle for marching forth now and defeating the Persian Empire.
‘Now’? If nothing else, let me not speak too quickly! Now that the Greeks have confirmed me as the supreme commander of the mission of vengeance against the iniquitous Persians, let us drink and make merry. Get used to the taste of glory, my friends, for tomorrow we will dine in Babylon.
Mercenaries in the Macedonian Army. Benefits include:
- Loot (as much as you and your donkey can carry)
- Competitive rates of pay
- A superb opportunity to see the end of the world [Is that right? Eumenes]
- Discount membership of the Sarissa Wine Club incl. paid-for funeral should you die during a SWC meeting
See any Macedonian captain for more details
Spartans need not apply. Not that they would want to. Haughty gits.
Ο ΤΟΥ ΟΙΝΟΥ ΑΝΑΞ
(The Master of the Wine)
Our speedy passage through Greece has not stopped your hard-working Master from assembling an unbeatable collection of wines for the Pella Wine Tent. Want to try flowery wine from Messenia? Or perhaps black wine from Thasos? What about medicinal wine from Kos? Maybe wine from Naxos – the birthplace* of Dionysus – would be more to your taste. Whichever you like, come along to the Pella Wine Tent and see what we have to offer.
* Other alleged birthplaces are in existence
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WINES ON OFFER THIS WEEK
WINE FROM THESSALY. Strong. Makes you cavalier.
WINE FROM DELPHI. Authoritative taste;
weak light bodied
WINE FROM THEBES. Alexander’s Choice. You’ll want to write a victory ode after drinking this fine wine!
WINE FROM ATHENS. Bitter tasting
WINE FROM SPARTA. Unpopular but believes in itself even if no one else does
WINE FROM ARIONIC CORINTH. Has musical notes
WINE FROM PERSIA. Stocks limited. Drink now before it disappears forever!
Clubs and Societies Noticeboard
Aristobulos and the Chicken
This coming hemera Heliou Aristobulos will make be making models of all Greeks using only grain and hair. Guests are welcome to watch his chicken peck the Spartan models to death afterwards.
On the hemera Selenes, Aristander discusses The Pythia’s Greatest Utterances – his new book on the Delphic Oracle’s most famous forecasts. Guests will be invited to guess which ones proved to be correct, and which weren’t. The symposium includes free wine and reading of entrails afterwards.
Sarissa Wine Club
The Club President Writes,
“The Greeeks’ affirmation of Alexander as their hegemon has opened the door for all Hellenes to join the SWC. We welcome all new members, wherever they come from (except Persia and Sparta), with open arms.
…..“I have, however, been made aware that some of our Macedonian members fear there will be a possible dilution (no pun intended) of club principles given that our Greek brothers like to mix their drinks. I assure you this will not happen. To ensure that it does not, new non-Macedonian members will be required to take an oath that they will never drink mixed wine out of their sarissas.
…..“As part of this oath, in fact it is the oath because let’s face it actions speak louder than words, new non-Macedonian members will be required to drink unmixed wine from their sarissas until they are alcoholics or dead. The oath and subsequent activities/deaths will take place this coming hemera Areos. I can assure prospective members that, in accordance with club rules, should they die their funerals will be paid for.”
The Union of Macedonian Mothers
On the next hemera Hermu the UMM will be holding a symposium with non-Macedonian Mothers to learn new and exciting ways of making our menfolk do what we want. All women welcome. Men coming disguised as women will be impaled. You have been warned, Amyntas.
Have you got something you want out of the way? Come to our meeting on the next hemera Dios and let us get rid of it for you. Please note we are not a ‘league of assassins’. Diogenes’ Tub exists to help people get rid of unwanted ITEMS not people! This was a vicious rumour, probably started in the Pella Wine Tent by some drunken lout!
Fathers! How old is your son? Whatever his age you can be sure that tomorrow he will be one day closer to lusting after women. Stop him in his tracks by bringing him to Amyntas and Cleopatra’s production of “Actaeon: How LUST Tore This Squalid Man To Shreds”. He’ll never look at women pervily again! Shows begin on the hemera Aphrodites.
Solon’s Daughters’ Brothel
Fathers! Have you paid for your son to see Amyntas and Cleopatra’s new play? If so, why not sell your own ticket and visit us instead. If you do so next hemera Khronu you will receive a discount should you come again.
Arts and Crafts
Amyntas, Master Modeller is delighted to announce…
… that his new range of Athenian figurines – with movable limbs so that you can make them run back into their city in a panic at news of Alexander’s advance into Greece – are now available to buy
… he will be a carving a limited edition series of Alexander and Diogenes (tubs included) meeting. Think Alexander should have said something even more witty to the famous Cynic? Buy one of these models and you can make him do so in or out of the way of the sun!
… has carved a delightful model of Arion and his dolphin (sailors sold separately) for sale to any rich Corinthian who values his city’s rich history
Sports In Brief
Congratulations to Amyntas of Aegae on winning this week’s bull jumping. He managed to jump twelve bulls successfully before getting gored. We hope he gets well soon and does not have to have his leg amputated.
No one should have to die for a poem so it is with great sadness that we must report the death of eight people involved in the riot that took place in the Pella Wine Tent on the hemera Areos last week after Amyntas of Aegae (not the Amyntas who was gored) read a poem controversially supporting the claim of the current Great King to his throne. We hope that Amyntas will be a little more circumspect in his choice of subject next time.
Congratulations to Amyntas of Aegae (not the Amyntas who caused a riot or who was gored) who won this week’s poetry prize for the following poem that explores Orestes’ emotions following the murder of his mother and Aegisthus with searing honesty and insight. We reproduce the text in full below.
This is all your bloody fault Elektra
I need a f****ing drink
Homer, watch out.
Want to join the new pan-hellenic pankration league? Trials will be held all next week in the Pella Wine Tent. There will be two trials. The first will be held at sunset and will be for candidates who wish to fight sober both now and in the league. The second will be held at midnight for those who prefer to fight drunk.
Editor Eumenes of Cardia
Deputy Editor A Slave
Glad to read the new edition. The pun on Julius Caesar in the beginning was great – yeah, it took him far more time to achieve what he did compared to Alexander.
The choice of wine was great and Acteon’s sad story fitted perfectly. Liked the numerous Amyntas, as usual; it looks like Macedonian mothers lacked imagination, for example, why not to call their child Boreas-Zephyrus? 🙂