There are lots of fierce things in the world: tigers, lions, leopards, great white sharks, orcas, wolverines, brizzly bears, polar bears…the list of great and ferocious creatures is long!
Not all fierce things, however, are large. Some are small: killer bees, scorpions, wasps, hornets, and believe it or not, hummingbirds. You probably didn’t know that hummingbirds are fierce. They have been known to attack much larger animals in an attempt to keep them away from the hummingbird’s food source.
Perhaps, though, the most ferocious small thing of all is my youngest granddaughter, the subject of today’s photo. Her dad asked her to show me her fierce face – and she did. If this isn’t fierce, I don’t know what is!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 48 B.C., upon landing in Egypt, Roman general and politician Pompey was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.
During his long career, Pompey the Great displayed exceptional military talents on the battlefield. He fought in Africa and Spain, quelled the slave revolt of Spartacus, cleared the Mediterranean of pirates, and conquered Armenia, Syria, and Palestine. Appointed to organize the newly won Roman territories in the East, he proved a brilliant administrator.
In 60 B.C., he joined with his rivals Julius Caesar and Marcus Licinius Crassus to form the First Triumvirate, and together the trio ruled Rome for seven years. Caesar’s successes aroused Pompey’s jealousy, however, leading to the collapse of the political alliance in 53 B.C. The Roman Senate supported Pompey and asked Caesar to give up his army, which he refused to do. In January 49 B.C., Caesar led his legions across the Rubicon River from Cisalpine Gaul to Italy, thus declaring war against Pompey and his forces.
Caesar made early gains in the subsequent civil war, defeating Pompey’s army in Italy and Spain, but he was later forced into retreat in Greece. In August 48 B.C., with Pompey in pursuit, Caesar paused near Pharsalus, setting up camp at a strategic location. When Pompey’s senatorial forces fell upon Caesar’s smaller army, they were entirely routed, and Pompey fled to Egypt.
Pompey hoped that King Ptolemy, his former client, would assist him, but the Egyptian king feared offending the victorious Caesar. On September 28, Pompey was invited to leave his ships and come ashore at Pelusium. As he prepared to step onto Egyptian soil, he was treacherously struck down and killed by an officer of Ptolemy.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: No U.S. president has ever been an only child.