From: "Andrew Bollen"
Subject: Re: (urth) Blues vs Greens Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 22:54:13 +0800 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Straight" > Wow. How is it I've never heard of this? What years would this be? The team colors went back as early as anyone discover in Roman (pre-Imperial) history. The factions became an important factor (so to speak) around the 5th century, and continued to be a problem for several hundred years. The most notorious incident involving the factions was the Nika Riot in Justinian's reign - a general pillaging of Constantinople, many deaths. This is a link to a (probably) verbatim transcript of a dispute between representatives of the Greens & Blues before Justinian in the circus (or theater?), possibly at the commencement of the riots, tho others say it should be dated earlier. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/theophanes-chron1.html IMO it's one of the most bizarre historical documents out there. > You're thinking of "When I Was Ming the Merciless." I believe that in the > story there were four colors--Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red--and that the > color divisions were an original part of the experiment. "Ming" was, I > think, part of the Yellow group. > > -Rostrum > Thanks! --