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Re: Translation question

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, December 8, 2000, 6:03
On Thu, 7 Dec 2000, Nik Taylor wrote:

> I'd read that Caesar came from the phrase _A caeso mâtrus ûtere_, "cut > from the mother's womb", i.e., born via C-section, hence the term.
This is perhaps the world's oldest urban legend. If Caesar had been born by Caesarian section, his mother would have died, and she is well recorded to have been alive into Caesar's adulthood. It wasn't until 1500 or so that any woman survived C-section -- it was strictly a method for removing a fetus from its dying mother, and maternal survival didn't become routine until about 1900. -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter