>Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 01:31:54 -0500
>From: "William F.Glennon" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Forwarded from Latin-L
>I thought the community here might be of help with the following query.
>>Can anyone tell me - just where did the story start that Boudicca (or
>Britons or the Celts) had scythe-blades on her/ their chariot wheels?
>*you* immagine driving a chariot with half a butcher's shop cluttering
>>I'm sure it's not in Tacitus' Historia, as far as my memory of
>rebellion translated for Advanced Level Latin allows. So is there a
>source? I'd be grateful for a reference, if only to stop my fiance
>with me about it!
>>regards, and welcome to 2752 AUC (or whatever)
It's not in Tacitus. I believe it comes from Cassius Dio, who is a later
source for Boudicca's rebellion.
Cassius Dio's account is more colourful than Tacitus's, and the scythed
chariot is often considered to be artistic licence on his part. However,
Cú Chulainn also has a scythed chariot, so I think we can say such a
contraption was a genuine part of celtic imagination at least.
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