Whither the Rubicon?

Why has no-one else thought of this before? No need to keep having these endless scholarly debates, just hold a trial and have a judge decide once and for all. Think of all the paper we’d save!

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… apparently there’s going to be a mock trial do decide which of the potamonial (if that isn’t a word, it should be) claimants’ cases hold water. Excerpts from the Guardian’s hype:

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On Saturday, in the usually peaceful town of San Mauro Pascoli, near Rimini, the centuries-old debate will be reopened in a mock trial that aims to deliver a verdict, once and for all, on the identity of the real Rubicon. It is a battle that pitches neighbouring towns against each other and divides impassioned locals into three equally zealous camps – one for each river in question.

Fierce as Caesar’s battle with Pompey was, it may have nothing on this. The judge, however, is expected to draw the line at severed heads.

In 1933, a time when Benito Mussolini was fully versed in the rehabilitation of Rome’s ancient glory for contemporary political purposes, he decided the debate…

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Author: Anna P. Judson

Classics researcher at Cambridge

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