War Strategy Determined by Rice Porridge

Eating rice (porridge) serves as allegory and advice for war strategy ~ from Tamerlane’s Life (Bernhard Rode, 1780-81). “In a letter to Gleim dated 1860, Rode reports . . . Eating rice porridge at the home of an old woman, Tamerlane burns his mouth, since he has taken from the middle. He is advised always to begin at the edge when eating, and thus also in war to secure the borders before advancing into the interior.”

One way to strategize, for sure.


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