(urth) Thea's Identity

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Mon Apr 22 05:55:40 PDT 2013

Also, Appian turns out to be something of a false autarch, in that he 
failed the Test and thus was shown to not be the ruler of himself.

On 4/22/2013 7:51 AM, Lee Berman wrote:
> The coin by which Vodalus first swayed Seveverian had the face of Appian on it and
> it was later revealed to be false currency. Symbolism?
>> Dan'l Danehy-Oakes: Recall what Severian says about this: We think we rule our symbols,
>> but actually we are ruled by them.
> I had always assumed the falseness of the coin symbolized the falseness of Vodalus and
> his rebellion against the Autarcy. I was just wondering if it might also serve as a
> symbol of the falseness of the rule of the Autarch, also.  If it is a reflection of
> Wolfe's own political leanings, I can imagine him to be both suspicious of the true
> motivations of real world political rebels while simultaneously recognizing there are
> indeed shadowy powers behind the throne (or presidency). 		 	   		
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