… fit for a king. Who knew that kings and ancient dignitaries went camping? Well, not exactly. At least not in our version of it.
However, it is likely that our modern camp stools derived from the honorary folding seat of dictators, consuls, promagistrates, and other dignitaries. Grab the marshmallows and your curule …
CURULE (kyōōʹrōōlʹ) adj. – designating a chair like an upholstered campstool with heavy curved legs, in which only the highest civil officers of Rome were privileged to sit in; 2) privileged to sit in a curule chair, of the highest rank. [WW #58]
|Rex Harrison, Cleopatra|
How did it get outdoors? It became the easily transportable seat of honor for military officials during battle, and apparently Julius Caesar lugged his everywhere except the theater (where he perched on his elaborate throne).
Though our campsite stools bear little resemblance to the elaborate chairs of yore, they still come in pretty handy while holding your skewer over the campfire.
Do you have a valued curule in your home? No? Let’s tweak its uses again, and start a 21st century tradition.
Create an “honors” award TV-viewing chair – a little plushier than ol’ Julius plunked his tush on – with privilege to sit on its hallowed curule seat as a monthly reward TBD by family vote for greatest contribution to family – “Best Seat in the House”!
Word of the Week: CURULE. Can you fit it into your next family conversation?
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