January 24, 2011

"Pirates are still criminals . . ."

Joong Ang Daily "Johnny Depp may be stylish and Orlando Bloom may be charming, but in real life, pirates are nothing more than the robbers of the sea." By Park Jong-kwon

'Julius Caesar, who famously said, “The die is cast,” was kidnapped by pirates when he was young. They were the Cilician pirates who appear in Homer’s epic poem the “Odyssey.” They specialized in the slave trade and demanded a ransom of 20 talents of gold from the Roman Empire, or about $10 million today. But Caesar insisted the ransom was too small and that he was worth 50 talents. Upon his release, Caesar pursued the pirates and crucified them all.'

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