Trimalchio Banquet Dinner
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Huge Beard Hunter
(Revelation 18.9-10)
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"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry, 'Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!'" (Revelation 18.9-10)

Trimalchio Banquet Dinner

BanquetThe writer Gaius Petronius Arbiter (27-66 AD) who was a courtier during the Neronian period told us all about the Trimalchio banquet dinner. "One course represented the twelve signs of the zodiac. Another dish was a large boar, with baskets of sweet meats hanging from its tusks. A huge beard hunter pierced its side with a hunting knife, and from the wound there appeared a flight of thrushes which were captured in nets as they flew about the room."

Excessive Gluttony

Feast of FoodTowards the end of the meal the guests were startled by strange sounds in the ceiling and a quaking of the whole apartment. As they raised their eyes the ceiling suddenly opened, and a great circular tray descended, with a figure of Priapus, a minor fertility god in Greek mythology, bearing all sorts of fruit and bonbons. In the time when John was writing, this kind of insanity of wanton extravagance and luxury such as Trimalchio's dinner had invaded Rome and eventually contributed to its downfall.

"Huge Beard Hunter"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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