Epigraph to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, 1922:I have seen with my own eyes the Sibyl hanging in a jar,
and when the boys asked her “What do you want?” She answered,
“I want to die.”
The Cumaean Sibyl was the most famous of the Sibyls, the prophetic old women of Greek mythology; she guided Aeneas through Hades in Virgil’s Aeneid. She had been granted immortality by Apollo, but because she forgot to ask for perpetual youth, she shrank into withered old age and her authority declined. Wasting away but unable to die, the Sibyl ages eternally. Hence, the waste land.
(some shit just never gets old. i mean as far as reading this poem. not the sibyl. nevermind.)
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Human bones which date from the time of the “Boudiccan Revolt”, have been discovered underneath a department store in Colchester.
The jaw and shin bones were found during redevelopment of the Williams and Griffin shop on the High Street.
Experts said they dated from AD61, when Boudicca’s British tribes burnt down the town to try to free themselves from Roman rule.
Bones from this period have only been found once before in Colchester.
Philip Crummy, director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, said the bones were “likely to be the remains of people who died in buildings set on fire by the British, as they overran the town.”