It’s an International Chocolate Day today, not to be confused with the World Chocolate Day, which is in July. You didn’t think I would miss this one, Beautiful People, did you? In the middle of holidays I simply don’t have time to come up with a new post, so here is an old one. Enjoy!
The Book of Prophet Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) mentions a Babylonian chief officer, one Nebo-Sarsekim who served as king Nebuchadnezzar’s right hand during the siege of Jerusalem (Ch.39). In 2007, historian M. Jursa found proof of this, including the officer’s name, on a small clay tablet, while working at the British Museum (http://www.britishmuseum.org). To make a long and tragic story short, Nebuhadnezzar won and, in addition to the usual spoils of war, took with him to Babylon the entire Jewish intellectual elite. Here is the Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Verdi’s famous opera Nabucco:
In reality, though, they weren’t treated very badly. Certainly, “by the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept” and lamented the very fact of exile, but altogether Nebuhadnezzar had not wanted cheap labor; he neatly executed a total brain drain. It was difficult, though, to get used to a strange language, outlandish customs, and weird food. Babylonians loved nuts…
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