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Old 08-04-2012, 10:55 PM
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I don't celebrate Halloween, so when someone asks me what I dress up as, I quip, "myself," inferring that I am a "narcissist."

However, my rarely-used English name, Cornelius, surprisingly turns out to be a Bible name: In Acts 10, the first gentile convert to Christianity, Cornelius, was a Roman Centurion.

Which got me wondering: What if I asked for a Roman soldier costume for my birthday?

Eventually, my relatives agreed, although noting that Roman soldiers wore skirts.

Thus, I wonder why few people dress up as their own namesake occasionally? It is quite a novel idea to have one masquerade as his historical "self," perhaps give himself some "identity." Nor would this tradition be solely effeminate, as even King Louis XIV enjoyed dressing up as a Roman general, and I remember that a male European History teacher at my secondary school collected costumes of Napoleon, Blackbeard, etc.

Although of course a guy named after a masculine Roman character may not want to wear a skirt.

BTW, where does one purchase Roman Military garb?
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:08 AM
Location: middleboro, ma
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i usually work on/around halloween, but at some point i'm going to host a costume party just so i can dress up as someone with whom i share a name.

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