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By Martin H. Manser

ISBN-10: 0816048681

ISBN-13: 9780816048687

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I see well enough you’re going to get that old dress suit out of the cedar chest in the attic, and try to make me put it on me’” (Booth Tarkington, Alice Adams, 1921). Attila the Hun (a˘tila˘) Nickname for someone who behaves in a barbaric, cruel, and destructive manner. D. c. 406–453) was the leader of the Huns, a nomadic people from central Asia who ravaged swaths of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, causing great destruction and loss of life. He was eventually defeated by the 32 aurora Romans and Visigoths at Châlons-sur-Marne.

According to Matthew 27:16 and John 18:40, Barabbas was a thief condemned to be crucified at Passover time. At the public crucifixion, the mob was, by long-established custom, offered the choice of one of the men to be pardoned; the group chose Barabbas. He is variously described in the books of Luke and Mark as a seditionist or murderer. The story goes that Byron was presented with a beautiful edition of the Bible by his publisher John Murray, but the poet returned the gift after having changed the word robber (“Now Barabbas was a robber,” John 18:40) to publisher.

When he was placed in the arena with a fierce lion, however, the lion did not kill him but greeted him with every sign of friendship. It transpired that some time earlier Androcles, having escaped from his master, had befriended the lion in the wilderness by removing a thorn from the animal’s paw, thus relieving its agony. Duly impressed, the authorities released Androcles and presented him with the lion. The legend is perhaps best known today through its dramatization as Androcles and the Lion (1912) by British writer George Bernard Shaw.

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