in Barchester Towers

Chapter 35 – Miss Thorne’s Fête Champêtre

sub dio

sub dio is a Latin phrase meaning “under the open sky.”  Here it is used to describe the banquet at Ullathorne.  The lower classes were placed outside the main house.  They were fed sub dio.  [TH 2005]

Sources:  OED.


Mark Antony

Mark Antony was a military commander under Julius Caesar.  He was promoted until finally reaching the rank of consul.  After Julius Caesar was assassinated by the Roman senate, Mark Antony, still consul, claimed the authority of Caesar’s final papers to increase his own power and rally the people against Caesar’s assassins.  Soon Octavian, Julius Caesar’s adopted son, became a rival of Mark Antony.  Octavian’s forces defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the naval battle of Actium, and Mark Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide thereafter.  It is somewhat humorous to see Mr. Thorne’s horse being given this name. Perhaps it is an example of how Classics can be a plaything for the elite of Trollope’s time.  [TH 2005]

Sources:  OCD.