Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus?
"Ireland, my first and only land,
"Where Christ and Caesar are hand in hand."
Thus, Christ and Caesar personify Church and State. Julius Caesar's surname became four titles:
Kaisar i Hind -
- although not also "Shah" as I had thought.
Julius' heir, Augustus, was given the title, "Imperator," Commander/Emperor. British rule in India meant that the King of England became "Kaisar i Hind" and "Rex Imperator," King Emperor.
What is my point? That is a lot of historical influence and maybe makes Poul Anderson's Terran Empire and Jerry Pournelle's Empire of Man seem less unlikely? Although I still hope that humanity will go beyond such forms of political organization in future.
Addendum: I misquoted Joyce from memory. See here.