Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Obama the god

“Narcissus, what was the sense of that Colchester joke of Vettius Valens’s? Something about the Britons worshipping me as a God.”

Narcissus said: “It was not altogether a joke, Caesar. In fact. You may as well know that a temple at Colchester has been dedicated to the God Claudius Augustus. They have been worshipping you there since the early summer. But I’ve only just heard about it.”

“So that’s why I feel so queer. I’ve been turning into a God!”

- “Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina.” By Robert Graves

ST JOHN'S, Antigua – Antigua's highest mountain officially became "Mount Obama" on Tuesday as the small Caribbean nation celebrated the American president on his birthday and saluted him as a symbol of black achievement.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer presided over the re-christening ceremony at the base of the mountain, unveiling a stone sculpture and plaque honoring the president as an inspiration in the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda and throughout the Caribbean.

"This great political achievement by Barack Obama resonated with me in a way that I felt compelled to do something symbolic and inspiring," Spencer told the crowd of about 300, including several U.S. officials, at the base of the mountain near the island's southern coast.

- From the Associated Press “Antigua's highest peak renamed 'Mount Obama'”