Concordia res parvae crescent
This is seriously my favourite holiday ever. And THIS time, there's a contest for lots and lots of bookish prizes!
On a completely different note, the Classics-L list has been posting a couple interesting articles on genealogy:
-Genealogists discover royal roots for all
-Roots of human family tree are shallow
The last one has a paragraph on Alexander, at least.
Anyway, I found this particularly interesting, because while I had actually thought about this phenomenon before in terms of us all being descended from royalty, I hadn't really applied it to anything (in my head). And it occurs to me that when Zenobia claims her ancestry from the Ptolemies, it's not really as unlikely as it seems.
Now I wish I'd thought about that before turning in my paper!
And as applied to today, it sort of makes some of the American Revolutionaries seem more like extensions of the British monarchy . . .