Literatus limped into the Forum Cafeterium.
“Quid causæ habes, What’s the matter?” asked Zoophilus.
“I dropped a clay tablet from Sumaria on my foot and broke a toe.” explained the Librarian.
“Heus, Ouch!” sympathised Zoophilus. “Those tablets can be heavy.”
“Have you had it splinted?” asked Secundus. “Most physicians do that pretty well.”
“No, I went along to the local valetudinarium, the hospital to have it seen to but it didn’t happen.” replied Literatus.
“Why ever not?” Secundus sounded shocked. “You went to the hospital so they should have fixed it for you.”
“When I got there there was a Greek physician and an Egyptian Doctor. Both seemed to know what they were talking about but they were each going to treat it in different ways.” Literatus complained. “I couldn’t choose between them.”
“Obviously.” Verbo Ipsum interrupted, “There was a paradox.”
“Hail, Secundus. Thanks for the invitation to your sister, Augustina’s, wedding last night.” Libertinus looked a little under the weather as he entered the Forum Cafeterium.
“It was my pleasure, Libertinus. It all seemed to go off very well.” replied Secundus. “Although some of the jokes in the Best Man’s speech were a bit risqué.”
“That always happens at weddings!” Nellus grumbled from behind the counter. “It seems half the reception is taken up with smart alec men all trying to embarrass the bride.”
“That has always been the way.” commented the scholarly Literatus. “The Greeks and the Egyptians has very similar marriage rituals.”
“I have noticed the same thing in many other civilisation during my expeditions. The Persians do much the same.” Zoophilus the explorer reminisced. “The weddings in the Silk Empire are full of very naughty allusions while the Harappan people in the Indus valley even commission carved stone images of the nuptial activities which follow the feasting.”
“Ahh yes.” Verbo Ipsum added. “Weddings always have lots of marryment.”