(urth) Soldier Of The Mist: first reading (mit spoilers)
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Thu Jan 21 13:19:30 PST 2010
> Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:42:54 -0500
> From: sonofwitz at butcherbaker.org
> To: Urth at urth.net
> Subject: (urth) Soldier Of The Mist: first reading (mit spoilers)
> It seems Latro is an early Roman. He's in the Persian army at the
> beginning and end of Soldier of Mist, and he seems at home in it, though
> he is not Persian.
No problem there, he's a mercenary. Persians used plenty of them, usually greeks, but it's not far-fetched to imagine an Italian contingent in he's army.
>The eagle staff mentioned makes one think of the Roman
> SPQR staff. Perhaps that is why he is struck by the sight of it.
This is one of those cases in which Wolfe makes a mistake. The Eagle as a symbolic Roman staff-motif was introduced by Marius late in the 2nd Century BC. At the time this novel takes place there were no Roman staffs with eagles on them.
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