(urth) Soldier Of The Mist: first reading (mit spoilers)

Son of Witz sonofwitz at butcherbaker.org
Thu Jan 21 15:00:19 PST 2010

>> 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.

Sure. I didn't mean to imply it's weird. just another layer onto the
"stranger in a strange land feeling.

>>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.

I thought that I might be reaching with that. I wonder if it's safe to
call it Wolfe's mistake. Perhaps I'm just seeing that symbol because I'm
familiar with it. Perhaps there are other eagle staffs that predate it.

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