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From: "Andrew Bollen" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Blues vs Greens
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 22:54:13 +0800

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From: "Michael Straight" 
> Wow.  How is it I've never heard of this?  What years would this be?

The team colors went back as early as anyone discover in Roman
(pre-Imperial) history. The factions became an important  factor (so to
speak) around the 5th century, and continued to be a problem for several
hundred years. The most notorious incident involving the factions was the
Nika Riot in Justinian's reign - a general pillaging of Constantinople, many
deaths. This is a link to a (probably) verbatim transcript of a dispute
between representatives of the Greens & Blues before Justinian in the circus
(or theater?), possibly at the commencement of the riots, tho others say it
should be dated earlier.


IMO it's one of the most bizarre historical documents out there.

> You're thinking of "When I Was Ming the Merciless."  I believe that in the
> story there were four colors--Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red--and that the
> color divisions were an original part of the experiment.  "Ming" was, I
> think, part of the Yellow group.
> -Rostrum


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