Asterix and Cleopatra: Latin Jokes Explained

Book 6 - Asterix and Cleopatra


The story - The pirates see the Gauls heading towards them. They decide to scuttle the ship instead of having their heads kicked in again.


Professor Ibrox explains: 

"There's lots of 'Alea jacta est' references in Asterix books. It just means 'the die is cast'. Julius Caesar said it when he crossed the Rubicon and started a huge civil war. It's like saying, 'Ain't no turning back now, baby.' There's something noble in the eternal suffering of the pirates in Asterix. Reminds me of my second marriage."



The story - The Romans are trying to stop the Gauls help the Egyptians to build a palace. They attack the building site, with limited success.


Professor Ibrox explains: 

"Ha. 'Ita diis placuit' means 'thus it pleased the gods'. It's like saying, 'God is with us!' or similar. The poor centurion really has low expectations if he thinks a handful of troops entering a fort is a great victory. It's funny because it's so disproportionate. Like my second's wife's reaction when I forgot her fifteenth birthday."