Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A brief note on unlikely parentage.

It's traditional to claim descent from Woden, or Zeus, or some other badass god. Julius Caesar claimed to be descended from Venus, which may seem like an odd match to you if your mental model of Roman religion and mythology is, like most people's, miles off. Not that I'm an expert or anything. Later writers thought that Merowig, or Merovech, or Meroveus, ancestor of the Merovingians, was partly descended from a sea monster. And an eleventh-century Anglo-Danish earl named Siward was later said to have had, as his great-great-grandfather, a bear.

A polar bear, if I recall correctly.

A real update soon, I promise.


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