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Insider noted that “Construction on the pyramids of Giza took place roughly from 2550 BC to 2490 BC, while Cleopatra, the last active Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, was born in 69 BC and died in 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in Wichita, Kansas, on June 15, 1958.”
Thus, Insider concluded, “That means that the chain’s opening is about 500 years closer to Cleopatra’s lifetime than the construction of the Giza pyramids.”
A Great Pyramid Tidbit: According to mentalfloss.com, “At 481 feet tall, the Great Pyramid eclipsed every structure ever built until the completion of the Lincoln Cathedral in 1311 CE. The Cathedral topped out around 525 feet before the collapse of its central spire in 1548. Today, the Great Pyramid stands only about 455 feet tall, as four millennia of erosion has sliced 25 feet of stone from the structure.”
Cleo’s Bad Rap. The Shakespeare & Beyond website, October 20, 2017, described how Roman historians made Cleopatra “a foreign woman without morals who possessed a sexual allure so powerful as to corrupt even a Roman soldier as honorable as Antony.”
The website continues, “The glamour of this story was, and still is, worthy of a Hollywood movie and a Shakespeare play. However, we must ask ourselves if we can find the historic Cleopatra in all this salacious drama…. The Roman distaste of powerful women, their misunderstanding of the Egyptian way of life, and Octavian’s political need to consolidate his rise to dictator created our image of Cleopatra today.”
The 1963 movie Cleopatra rectified this to some extent. At least I recall Octavius as being a real jerk. On the other hand, I thought Elizabeth Taylor looked plenty sexy.
A Motorsports Time Warp. Awhile back at R&T, I came upon another time warp in discussing American race driver/R&T contributor Phil Hill: His Formula I World Championship came in 1961. Thus, in a sense opposite to Cleopatra’s, Phil’s championship was closer to Barney Oldfield’s contesting the 1914 Championship of the Universe (47 years) than today (55 years).
Other Time Warps. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, c. 1600, is a lot closer to Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, c. 1400, than to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, 2015. This is despite Elizabethan English being intelligible to us, whereas Chaucer’ Middle English is quite a different language.
And speaking of Founding Fathers, I sense another time warp of sorts in the fact that our Declaration of Independence is as far in time from today as it is from England’s King Henry VIII. The difference is slight: Henry severed ties with Rome in 1529, 247 years before 1776; 2022-1776= 246 years.
A Technical Time Warp. The first moon landing was 53 years ago. This was only 66 years after Orville traveled 120 ft. in 12 seconds with The Wright Flyer. Somehow, it seems that a lot more occurred in that 66 years than since then.
Oops. But what about computers in the past 50 years?
It seems that timelines need not depict linear progress. ds
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