February 17, 2008

Gratuitous Intriguing Alt History Observation - "Veni, Vidi, Vici, Eh.." Division

Asked by the six year old at brunch this morning: "Daddy, did the Romans take over Canada?"

I mused for a minute on what an interesting idea that would be, until I was forced to say that no, so far as anybody knows, the Romans never made it to Canada. (I was careful to phrase it this way because God knows what might have happened to some random ship sailing about in the eastern Atlantic in classical times. I have a vague recollection of reading once that the remains of a trireme had been found off the coast of Brazil, although I never discovered whether that was just a legend or not.)

Anyhoo, Little Miss Persnickety had to kill the buzz by snapping, "That was the French, dummy."

Oh, well.

Posted by Robert at February 17, 2008 11:04 AM | TrackBack

Apparently the Romans were superstitious of the sea, and really didn't venture beyond the Mediterranean. Imagine if they had applied their engineering to ocean going ships.

Posted by: rbj at February 17, 2008 11:44 AM