02 December 2008

State Worship

In the film, Gods and Generals, there is a scene where Joshua Chamberlain (played by Jeff Daniels) is preparing to lead the 20th Maine into an engagement. Chamberlain (Daniels) draws his sword and offers this creepy statist entreaty: "Caesar, we who are about to die, salute you" - which was the phrase traditionally used by those Roman gladiators about to die in the service or entertainment of Caesar.

Whether that actually happened, I do not know. It would appear, however, that the new statist, Soviet-like Capitol Visitor's Center may have received some inspiration from this line.

"We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution."

Hail, Caesar. Story here, Comrades.

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