Zeus, Preserve Thee!

February 16, 600


“When a person sneezed in Ancient Rome, the customary response was “May Jupiter preserve you.” After a sneeze in Ancient Greece, the stricken would be enjoined to “Live! Zeus preserve thee!” Sneezing was believed to expose the body to evil spirits, which could only be opposed by invoking a blessing by the divine – though exactly which divinity best dealt with sneeze induced possession was a matter of dispute. On February 16, 600, Pope Gregory I finally put the issue to rest. As part of his crusade to expunge Europe of pagan influences, Gregory decreed that there is only one correct response to a sneeze – “God bless you!””

~ From the book “What The Fact” by Gabe Henry ~

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do your best today”
~ H. Jackson Brown, JR

“According to Greek Mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives searching for their other halves.” ~ Plato’s The Symposium

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength
but by the strength of his heart”

~ Hercules

On this day, February 16 . . .

~ in 1659, the first known cheque/check written (Β£400), now on display at Westminster Abbey
~ in 1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Charles Wilkes
~ Union Naval Officer during American Civil War
~ led the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-42) to the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica
~ In 1861, he commanded the USS San Jacinto when it attacked a Royal Mail Ship carrying two Confederate diplomats which almost caused a war between the US and the UK (court martialed for second time)

~ in 1847 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise), was born
~ in 1861, Abraham Lincoln stops his train at Westfield on his way to Washington
to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person for her advice to grow a beard to gain more votes


Some pics I took today…

The sun FINALLY came out today! We hadn’t seen it in 7 days, since February 9. The snow is melting…it’s since clouded back over, but I think I will still put my boots on and go for a walk! As of this morning, they’re calling for another “storm” on Thursday, with 3-6 inches (7.62 – 15.24cm) of snow.

“The sun’ll come out
So you gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may”

~ Annie (1982)

Yours is a story, so brave and so true
. . . .
And life is awaiting the hero in you.


hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

~ Marcus Aurelius


take care
stay safe
much love

4 Comments on “Zeus, Preserve Thee!

  1. Is that why we call our spouse our “better half”? I found my other half and now I can live in peace 😊 …ok, will kind of! Most of the time πŸ’—
    Sneeze or no sneeze-God Bless You! πŸ™πŸ»

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