once i pegged CILLA i did every search possible for anything to "ping". wasn't getting much. just interesting trivia.
Chilham :: parish in the English county of Kent. Sitting in the valley of the River Stour there are three settlements in the parish, Chilham, Shottenden and Old Wives Lees. The Neolithic longbarrow of Julliberrie's Grave is in the parish.
Lucifer :: A description of the supernatural fall - "the whole day long I was carried headlong, and at sunset I fell in Lemnos, and but little life was in me"; relates the fall of Hephaestus from Olympus in Homer's Iliad I:591ff, but it was drawn upon by Christian authors embellishing the fall of Lucifer.
Jane Austen Letters :: Your letter to Mary was duly received before she left Dean with Martha yesterday morning, and it gives us great pleasure to know that the Chilham ball was so agreeable, and that you danced four dances with Mr. Kemble. Desirable, however, as the latter circumstance was, I cannot help wondering at its taking place. Why did you dance four dances with so stupid a man? Why not rather dance two of them with some elegant brother officer who was struck with your appearance as soon as you entered the room?
Julliberrie's Grave :: The Julliberrie name is likely to derive from antiquarian speculation although the folk etymology is that it is the burial site of a giant named Julaber. A popular early explanation was that it was the grave of a Roman tribune, Quintus Laberius Durus, mentioned in Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars as being slain by the Britons and Jul Laber therefore being a corruption of '[the grave of] Julius' [tribune], Laberius'.
Kent Resources: Chilham :: There is a long barrow to the South of the Village in the Valley near the River Stour. It is meant to be the final resting place of one of Julius Caesar's Captains and known as Julliberrie's Grave and is 150ft long. It is also said that it was in this spot that the Ancient Britons stood against the Tenth Legion and drove them back.
Quintus Laberius Durus :: (d. August 54 BC) was a Roman tribune who died during Julius Caesar's campaigns in Britain. In his Gallic Wars (ch 15), Caesar describes how soon after landing in Kent, the Romans were attacked whilst building a camp by the native Britons. Before re-inforcements could arrive, Durus was killed. His burial site is traditionally the earthworks of Julliberrie's Grave near Chilham. Despite his status as a footnote in history, a modern poem written by Gabriel Gudding (For Quintus Laberius Durus, Who, Because of a Javelin in His Lungs, Died Near Kent, in Early August, 54 B.C) involves him as does Colleen Mccullough's historical novel, Caesar.
Gabriel Gudding Defends Poetry :: The other poem to mention is called "For Quintus Laberius Durus, Who, Because of a Javelin in His Lungs, Died Near Kent, In Early August, 54 B.C." It's a wonderful thing, rich in language, humor and history. The blunt statements of fact are rather unique here, giving power and insight through what might have remained a mere exercise.
Even Caesar remarked
that the popping sound of his chest
when the javelin struck
and punched daylight through him
was uncommon. (64)
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What bugs me
is that his last breath
went through the air chuckling
for his friends, without his wife, in a field he did not know,
near some river they call the Thames,
and lingered against the sky, winding with the herons,
a nine word sentence. (65)
wasn't until i got to the end of the 22-April textfile & read: This early Greek painting depicts an episode from Homer's Iliad where Sarpedon, a hero of the Trojan War, is killed by the spear of Patroklos, an enemy warrior. Zeus watches as his son "dies raging". (see: (more) Sarpedon)