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“Once upon a time, somewhere, a horse was formally made a senator. What was the name of the horse, and where did this take place?”
The horse that became a senator was Incitatus (originally Porcellus), and it happened in Rome. He was elevated to this for a horse remarkable position by the emperor Caligula (reigning 37-41 AD), even by Roman standards an uncommonly disgusting ruler.
Incitatus, who was close to reach the consulship when Caligula was murdered, was removed from office by the next emperor, Caligula's uncle Claudius, officially for lacking the (for a senator) required financial resources. By that and other similar measures, Claudius, who was a clever and diplomatic man, smoothly cleansed Rome from the visible consequences of his predecessor's madness.
Incitatus was allowed to retire to a, for a horse, more natural and appealing life. As Caligula's senator, he had had to suffer a marble-covered sleeping room, a golden bowl to drink from, and human luxury foods; the latter inedible for a normally grazing animal.
The word "satisfy", stems from the female Egyptian deity "Satis", who was a goddess of the flood, meaning "enough".
Does modern English have more words derived from one of the world's oldest languages, Old Egyptian? Yes it does. It is not always acknowledged in dictionaries; modern etymologists sometimes get stuck when they reach back to Latin or Greek, unable to go any further - but there are several words. "Ebony" and "ivory" are two, which are generally acknowledged to have old Egyptian origin.
Two words probably stemming from old Egypt are "nebula" and "whippet", although they remain matters of debate.
Nebula is an astronomical phenomenon and the concept is comparatively new. Its first documented use was in the 1730s. "Nebulous", from which it is derived, is older and came from Old Greek, "nephele" or "nephos" [cloud]. Etymological dictionaries often let its origin disappear in what they call Proto-Indo-European, which is a hypothetical language that would be the origin of the whole Indo-European family of languages. In this imagined language, "neph" would mean "cloud", "fog" or "sky".
A more likely origin is Old Egyptian "neb", the spiralling force of the universe.
This is an anonymous painting showing John of Austria, Marcantonio Colonna, and Sebastiano Venier. (Image is in the Public Domain. The original in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.)
These three were considered the victors of a famous and decisive battle in history – what battle?
They are seen as the victors of the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571. This battle was a turning point in history, as the Ottoman (Turkish) fleet was defeated, and Ottoman expansion into Europe came to a halt.
Agatha Christie wrote a book, "A Pocket Full of Rye", which is based on a nursery rhyme. There are three murders in the book. For the first one, a poison derived from a tree was used. What is this poison called?
The same tree provides an ideal material for a once powerful military weapon. It has been claimed to have been decisive for the outcome of the "hundred years war" between France and England. What sort of weapon was that?
In the year 1900 Europe had two double monarchies. In 1920 none of them remained, each had been divided into two separate states. In one case into two monarchies, in the other into two republics; four countries still existing, although for some years in between one of them did not.