Saturday, June 23, 2012

Josephus:  Regarding the Sandusky affair.

"... When this letter was brought to Herod, he did not think it safe for him to send one so handsome as was Aristobulus, in the prime of his life, for he was sixteen years of age, and of so noble a family, and particularly not to Antony, the principal man among the Romans, and one that would abuse him in his amours, and besides, one that openly indulged himself in such pleasures as his power allowed him without control." - Antiquities of the Jews, Book XIV, chapter 2

The back story is that the high priest of the Jews was taken to be a political office, so that the person who received it was to be a political appointee.  Different factions were proposing different people, and a young Herod the Great suggested the handsome young man Aristobulus.  The Anthony is the Roman general who fell in love with Cleopatra, but apparently Cleopatra was not sufficient to quench his desires, thus, ...  The above is just an excerpt from the lewd affair.  I will leave it to the reader to speculate with regard to this abuse of authority and how it relates to our current situation, as well as the complicity of various third parties in keeping the mess going over long periods of time.

3 comments:

Delirious said...

I don't know if you read the Yahoo news story about the trial, but what impressed me the most is how much the writer emphasized that when the verdict was read, the juror reading it emphasized the word "GUILTY" when he said it. He pounded it out. That is the way it needed to be read.

Looney said...

I haven't seen much about the trial, but that does sound encouraging. What the justice system does with him is a concern - political correctness will take over again.

Max Coutinho said...

Looney,

Excellent analogy!

The Sandusky case is shameful: not only a paedophile had all the freedom he wanted to commit his crimes, but also the university sacrificed the safety of children in the name of football. It is like "let's keep him happy for as long as he keeps us happy" *nodding*.

So, Marcus Antonius went both ways when it came to amour, eh? I learned something new today.

Cheers