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Rose Petals: Moments in History

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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December 3, 2013

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Rose Petals Have Been Present at Some of the Most Amazing Moments of History

Rose petals have made their appearance at some of the most amazing and surreal moments of human history. This is no doubt in part due to the rose’s association with love, beauty, purity and passion. An outlet of heartfelt human emotion.

The following stories all contain rose petals. Can you guess the person who they are associated with? After reading them all scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

A Man of Might Claims a City and is Showered with Rose Petals

There had been no fighting. No sword nor shield raised. This great city of the ancient world had gone to great lengths to assure that it’s guest would be pleased and the warring spirit that raged in his bosom would be appeased.

With the cheers from his soldiers thousands strong, he made a ceremonial entrance into the city mounted on a chariot. Close behind him were his elite forces, the Companions, wearing their cavalry helmets and billowing neck scarves.

As he headed down the great processional way to the Ishtar Gate he was greeted by it’s citizens and people who showered him with rose petals. The street was strewn with flowers and garlands. On both sides of it were silver altars heaped with frankincense and all manner of perfumes.

Looking out from the palace over the impressive vista of the city and surrounding countryside he reveled in the fact that all of it was now his. What was his name?

A Great Tragedy: A Nation Mourns and Planes Shower Rose Petals on the Procession

Millions lined the route where the funeral bier slowly made it’s way to it’s destination. It carried the body of a dead man they called ‘Father of the Nation’ and ‘Father of Liberty and Love’. The funeral-bier was scattered with rose petals and adorned with flowers worked into religious emblems which meant “saint.” They sang his favorite hymns and shouted his name. Dakota planes showered rose petals and garlands from high above. People in neighboring buildings reverently flew fistfuls of rose petals toward the direction of their fallen leader.

When it reached the river and his body was consumed in flames there was much wailing and a stream of tears. Who was he?

An Indulgent Man Reveled in Rose Petals

He was a man who indulged his every whim to excess. He had a lavish place built that was covered with gold leaf. The walls were painted with frescos or covered with mosiacs. Guests were greeted by a large statue made in his image.

In this building was a circular main dining room where he would have elaborate parties. It had a roof that revolved day and night and was painted to resemble the celestial heavens. While the ceiling revolved, perfume was sprayed and rose petals were dropped on the diners. Legend has it one of his guests who may have had too much to drink became overwhelmed by the sheer amount of rose petals, asphyxiated and died. Who was he?

The Woman of Roses

It was said of her that she was a striking woman of surpassing beauty. A woman of captivating wit, charm and sweetness of voice.

She had a passion for roses. The floors of her large home were covered in rose petals. The fountain she drank from contained rose water. The sails on her pleasure barge were drenched in rose water. To seduce a man and win his heart outright she had the floor around her bed covered with a thick layer of them. Who was she?

Think you know who all these people are? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the answers.

Floral Wreath of Humanity Rose Petals Titanic

Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Allen, a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Juniper crew member, lays dried rose petals over the RMS Titanic’s resting site April 14, 2012. About 1.5 million rose petals were donated by Titanic Museum Attractions for the Titanic’s centennial commemoration. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson)

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By Flickr: Marc Smith (http://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/386159896/) / CC-BY-SA-2.0

1. His name was Alexander the Great and the city he conquered without a fight was Babylon.

2. His name was Mahatma Gandhi. The preeminent leader and freedom fighter of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India.

3. Nero was a Roman emperor noted for his tyranny and extravagance.

4. The lady was Cleopatra, last pharaoh of Egypt, and her man was Mark Antony.
 
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