Curiosities of Music - online book

Rare facts about the music traditions of many nations & cultures

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
The captive leaders, kings, or generals, with their wives, in chains.
Lictors with the fasces twined with laurel.
Musicians and dancers dressed as Satyrs, crowned with gold. In the midst of these was a mimic, dressed as a female, who by his perform­ance and gestures, insulted and burlesqued the captives.
Persons sprinkling perfumes.
The victorious general, dressed in purple and gold, crowned with laurel; he was seated in a circular chariot, drawn by four white horses. In his right hand he held a branch of laurel, in his left an ivory sceptre, surmounted by an eagle. His face was painted of a vermilion color, and a golden bulla hung from his neck.
Sometimes the chariot was drawn by elephants.
The children of the victor were allowed to ride with him, and he was attended by many relatives and citizens dressed in white. Behind him stood a slave carrying a richly gemmed crown, whose duty it was to admonish him constantly during the triumph, by whispering in his ear, " Remember that thou art a man."
The Military Tribunes followed, and the pro­cession closed with,—
The whole army, horse and foot, crowned with laurel, and carrying various ornaments which they had won in the war.
They sang as they marched, the praises of their general, and of their own bravery; but some­times (for it was a day of license and carnival)

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III