Sunday, February 28, 2010

The dead, merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves

An interesting confusion reigns in North America. From Wiki:-

The caduceus (above) is sometimes erroneously used as a symbol for medicine, especially in
North America, due to confusion with the traditional medical symbol, the rod of Asclepius , which has only a single snake and no wings.

Roman iconography was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves.

How apt.


Blogger Nick said...

Cheers. I love this sort of stuff.

9:03 am  
Blogger Nick said...

I was born in the wagon of a travelin' show
My mama used to dance for the money they'd throw
Papa would do whatever he could
Preach a little gospel
Sell a couple bottles of Doctor Good

Shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves
We'd hear it from the people of the town
They'd call us shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves
But every night all the men would come around
And lay their money down

9:20 am  
Blogger chris said...

Very good

10:58 am  

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