My son borrowed Asterix and Cleopatra from Claremont Library last week. It’s been ages since I read anything from that series. But page 2 really had me chuckling. There is an image of the page online, but it’s bit hard to read. So, here’s the dialog.
The scene: Cleopatra has been challenged by Julius Caesar to build a grand palace that will prove that the Egyptians are an advanced nation. She summons Edifis, her architect.
Cleopatra: Edifis, I have summoned you because you are the best architect in Alexandria – which is isn’t saying much.
Cleopatra: Don’t answer back! Your buildings are flimsy. You can hear every word the neighbours say. The ceilings fall in!
Edifis: It’s these modern materials… Actually, what I really want to do is build pyramids and …
Cleopatra: Silence! You have just three months to make good. You are to build Julius Caesar a magnificent palace here in Alexandria.
Edifis: Did you say THREE MONTHS?
Cleopatra: If you succeed, you will be covered in gold! If not, you will be thrown to the crocodiles! You may go.
(Edifis walks out)
Edifis: (thinking) Three months! I’d need supernatural powers to do that! I’d need someone who can work magic.
Edifis: (shouting) Got it! I know the very man! He can work magic!
Now, where have we seen that before?
(And just get the original book and read on about mule-driving the slaves to haul huge blocks of stone … classic!)