Sunday, July 27, 2014

Did You Need Another Reason To Think Leo XIII Was Awesome?

If so, check out this story from Tancred:

Going by the pseudonym “X,” Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century.

The pope created lengthy riddles, known as “charades,” in Latin in which readers had to guess a rebus-like answer from two or more words that together formed the syllables of a new word.

Eight of his puzzles were published anonymously in “Vox Urbis,” a Rome newspaper that was printed entirely in Latin between 1898-1913, according to an article in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

A reader who submitted the correct answer to the riddle would receive a book of Latin poetry written by either Pope Leo or another noted Catholic figure.

I think that's pretty great. When you're a prisoner in the Vatican, I guess you have to find something to take up your time. And we know he was a brilliant guy.

Just a cool story.

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