From: "Andrew Bollen"
Subject: Re: (urth) Latro's Greek Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 16:06:43 +1000 Crush: > So where could Latro have heard the word "laconic" in absence of a knowledge > of the Spartans? Certainly not during his campaign in Greece. In Egypt? > Perhaps. I think he may have learned Greek in Egypt, on campaign, from the Greek contingent in the Persian army. Her 3.1: ""... Cambyses the son of Cyrus led an army consisting of contingents from all over his empire, including some Ionian and Aeolian Greeks." I guess Latro's band somehow ends up as a mercenary unit in this army. But Rome certainly had dealings with Greek communities in Italy and Sicily at this time, so he could have learned it there, I suppose. --