The Quenching of the Thirst of Thousands

Cato the Younger (Rome character)
Cato the Younger (Rome character) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More from working with Cato the Younger. This is from the Libyan march:

Off in the distance a stingy little stream of water is spotted!
A soldier struggled to catch it from the dust, got some in the round of his helmet,
and stretched it out to his leader.
Everyone’s throat was rough with dust,
and holding those few mere drops of flowing liquid,
their leader became the object of spiteful envy.
“Soldier!” he said, “are you so base as to think that in this crowd
I’m the only one devoid of virtue?
Did I seem so soft, no match against the first flush of heat?
How much more do you deserve this punishment— to drink while your own people are thirsty!” His anger flared and he knocked the helmet away,
making the water available to all.
– Civil War, 9.30-38

Yes – there is at least one miracle attached to Cato’s name, that of finding water enough for a Roman legion from the humidity in the air.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

One thought on “The Quenching of the Thirst of Thousands

  1. Meanwhile, in the real world, the 1 percent are taking more than their fair share and there’s no one to stop them.

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