Ah, yes, patricide...the way it was

Every so often you come across some information just too awesome not to share. Like how Mithridates III and Orodes II smultaneously tried to gain support for their claims to be the next king of Parthia by publishing coins calling themselves "philopater".

For those among us who do not speak Parthian, I will translate that word; means "lover of the father".

Now, one might laud two sons for having such love for their father that they title themself philopater, even as each tries to kill his brother.

Or, if one was cynical, one might call Mithridates III a liar for putting such a slogan on his coin based on the fact he actually murdered his father with poison.

In the interest of fairness...Orodes participated in the poisoning.

So apparently, the Parthians believed that murdering dear old dad through poisoning meant you loved him.

Now would be a good time for someone to chime in with the helpful factoid that society today is worse than it has ever been...

3 comments:

Riot Kitty said...

One day, patricide, the next day, dumb criminals...I love it!

Fullur said...

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."

Attributed to Socrates circa 469-399 Befor Christ

Just seemed somehow appropriate.

pheromone girl said...

I read a blog recently where a father tried to murder his daughter by running her down with a car - because she was flirty. We've come a long way, baby.