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#ThyCaptionBe: Sword Safety
You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.
Haircut gone wrong or prop sword mishap? It’s actually story of backstabbing and assassination.
Once a great Roman military general, Pompey, fled Italy for Egypt as Caesar began a civil war.
When he arrived at his Egyptian exile, what Pompey thought was a welcoming party turned out to be a group of assassins. (Surprise!)
Set against a blood-red background, Pompey’s severed head rests at the feet of Caesar who makes a gesture of rebuke.
#ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.