Site ColumnsBy Caillan
August 10, 2002 - 6:06 PM
...or Star Trek, for that matter. But everything to do with Ancient History.
You see, one of the main reasons I love Ancient History so much is that there are plenty of good stories. Most historical figures seem to be clinically insane, or at the very least, a bit loopy, which makes them very entertaining to read about.
Today I've been studying fragments of the histories of the Greek historian Theopompus, described by my tutor as one of the "bitterest, most twisted people you'll ever come across." Good old Theopompus seemed to make it his mission in life to abuse everyone, and he spent plenty of time chronically personal foibles and recording some great stories.
A Thracian called Cotys set up a bridal chamber for the goddess Athena and waited, drunk, for her to join him. He sent two spear-bearers into the chamber to see if Athena had arrived, and when they reported that she had yet to grace the palace with her presence, they were killed. This was the same man who once decided to cut up his own wife.
There's also the story of the Celts, who thought up a cunning plan to take out their enemies the Ardiaeans, a people who never turned down the chance to eat and be merry. The Celts mixed a diarrhoea-inducing drug through their food, and, according to Theopompus, the Ardiaeans were either "caught by the Celts and destroyed" or "threw themselves into the rivers having no control over their bellies."
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- How do you create a wormhole?
- Why was TNG so good from season three to six?
- Have you read Susan Sackett's book?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items on August 10, 2000:
- Official 'Repression' Info
Paramount Pictures released the official synopsis for the Voyager season seven episode 'Repression.'
Aboard the U.S.S. Voyager, former members of the Maquis appear to be singled out in a rash of violent attacks. Before long, the safety of the entire crew is in jeopardy. When Tuvok takes charge of the investigation he becomes frustrated at the lack of a logical motive, but soon makes some rather startling discoveries.
The episode featured the return of Chell from 'Learning Curve' and Tabor from 'Nothing Human.'
- Marina Sirtis On Stargate SG-1
TNG actress Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) appeared in the Stargate: SG-1 episode 'Watergate.' She played a Russian scientist sent to study a Stargate which crashed at the bottom of the Pacific ocean.
More news can be found in the archives.
Today's Television Listings
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series episode 'Day of the Dove' at 10:00 a.m Eastern Time, with TNG's 'Pen Pals' at 11:00 a.m, DS9's 'Prodigal Daughter' at 12:00 p.m and Voyager's 'Caretaker Pt. 1' at 1:00 p.m.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will show the Original Series episode 'The Trouble with Tribbles' at 10:00 a.m Eastern Time, Voyager's 'Projections' at 15:00, 'Elogium' at 16:00 and TNG's 'When the Bough Breaks' at 17:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Descent, Part I' at 10:00pm Eastern Time and 'Descent, Part II' at 11:00pm.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing Enterprise's 'Rogue Planet' at 8:00pm Eastern Time.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing Voyager's 'Twisted' at 15:00 GMT and 'The 37s' at 16:00. Sky Movies Cinema 2 will be showing 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' at 21:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's 'Geheime Mission auf Celtris Drei - Teil 1' ('Chain of Command, Part I') at 16:00 CET and Voyager's 'Fair Haven' at 17:00.
- In the Netherlands, NET5 will be showing the Original Series's 'Mudd's Women' at 18:15 CET. Thanks go out to StarTrek.nl for this!