Hail, Mighty Rome!

Jesi Kay

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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7 Responses

  1. Dawn D says:

    Glad you wrote. I like what you wrote too!
    I couldn’t help but smile reading your prose in the beginning, because my mind was going through the same paths as yours (why use a Latin name before a Greek phrase?).
    It’s funny too because I was immersed in Roman culture just a few weeks ago, witnessing army practice and gladiator fights. And horse-drawn chariot races. IT was lots of fun!
    While there, we learnt that gladiators would rarely die in a fight, contrary to a lot of things Hollywood led us to believe. Just as the thumbs down motion didn’t exist, just the index finger up to request a life saved. What they explained basically is that gladiators were high profile athletes, with a high value, just like our footballers today. And the organiser of the games would have to pay a lot of money to the owner of the team if a gladiator were to die… Then as now, money was important, so they rarely fought to death 🙂
    Ok, ok, I know you said not historically accurate. I was just showing off my newly acquired knowledge. You know, there’s a saying that goes “Culture is like jam, the less you have of it, the more you spread it” or something like that. 🙂

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