The story: Laurel Wreath begins with a family having a huge argument over dinner. Like all arguments in France, it ends with one party vowing to cook the best meal their opponent has ever had - the ultimate humiliation. The chief of Asterix's village promises to season such a meal with Julius Caesar's famous laurel wreath and Asterix and Obelix are dispatched to acquire it. Asterix comes up with a plan to get into Caesar's Palace disguised as slaves, so they travel to the slave market. See it?
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In a rash bet, Chief Vitalstatistix promised he could use Caesar's laurel wreath to season a stew. Asterix and Obelix set off to Rome to procur said item. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Albert Uderzo Illustrator. Chief Vitalstatistix rashly invites his brother-in-law to dine of a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath, so Asterix and Obelix must go to Rome to fetch those laurels. Hoping to get access to Caesar, they sell themselves as slaves - but can they do a deal with the corrupt Goldendelicius to swap the laurels for parsley?
If so, it will be their own Roman triumph. Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published October 28th by Asterix first published More Details Original Title. Asterix , Obelix , Julius Caesar , Abraracourcix. Rome Italy. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Asterix and the Laurel Wreath , please sign up. Anyone know why Wikipedia says that Asterix and the Laurel Wreath contains scenes of "particular graphic violence"?
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Asterix and the Laurel Wreath Asterix, Recht hat er, der Dingsbums! Now that I understand what it means to imbibe, it makes me howl with laughter every time I read it. Still one of the funniest stories I've ever read. View all 4 comments. Jan 02, Matthew Hunter rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics-graphic-novels-manga , historical-fiction , humor. The scenes of drunken bravado by Vitalstatistix and Obelix are absolutely hilarious.
The premise of a despised brother-in-law named Homeopathix! And for the first time, Obelix over-indulges in wine. Whatsisname ish ferpectly right! We're going to Rome to bring back Chaeshar's laurel wreath!
Zigactly The scenes of drunken bravado by Vitalstatistix and Obelix are absolutely hilarious. It works every time. View 2 comments. Reading an Asterix story is always a good idea when you need some fun! Humourously funny! You learn history and laugh at the same time!!!
Oct 26, David Sarkies rated it liked it Shelves: comedy. Life in the big city 16 October This album sees Asterix and Obelix return to Rome to assist Chief Vitalstatistix save face after a drunken boast made at the house of his despised brother-in-law in Lutetia. Basically his brother-in-law is quite a rich merchant, who doesn't have to travel any more because he has other people to do that for him.
Anyway, Impedimentia the Chief's wife seems to be a little upset that her brother is a well to do merchant while her husband is the chief of a villag Life in the big city 16 October This album sees Asterix and Obelix return to Rome to assist Chief Vitalstatistix save face after a drunken boast made at the house of his despised brother-in-law in Lutetia. Anyway, Impedimentia the Chief's wife seems to be a little upset that her brother is a well to do merchant while her husband is the chief of a village that has basically rejected the Roman way of life.
The boast involved making a soup that was seasoned with Ceaser's laurel wreath a band of leaves that sits on Ceaser's head, though normally held over the head by a slave, and even then they were only 'worn' on ceremonial occasions. The problem is that Ceaser has the wreath and Asterix and Obelix after Obelix, who drunkenly agrees to help Vitalstatistix fulfil the boast have to some how get it. While one would expect them to simply charge into Ceaser's palace and bust the place up, Asterix does remind Obelix that while the potion gives them superhuman strength, it does not make them invulnerable, and since Ceaser's praetorian guard are of a much higher calibre than the legionaries camped perpetually outside their village, that course of action is not open to them.
So they do the next best thing and attempt to sell themselves as slaves, but to get into Ceaser's household they can only be sold from one particular action house, and getting to be a slave there is no easy task, and even then, they end up getting sold to the wrong person rather than Ceaser, they are sold to a rather well to do household, but not actually Ceaser's household.
Some have suggested that huge amounts of research have gone into these albums, and also it takes us inside the home of a well-to-do Roman. I would argue against that because, even though research has been done, the writers have no qualms in bending or distorting history to suit their purposes particularly with the jokes regarding Brutus that appear occasionally. Further, one does not need to know anything about Roman history to enjoy the Asterix albums, however if one's entire knowledge of Ancient Rome is based upon Asterix albums, then I would have to say that one's knowledge of Rome is going to be sadly deficient.
I would suggest that this is probably more poking fun at life in the capital city. While Rome is the centre of the universe in this time, at the beginning of the album we jump to Lutetia for the backstory, which is also said to be the centre of the universe. The question that is raised is how can two places be the centre of the universe when there is only one universe? I would suggest that this has a lot to with national pride.
Even then, while this attitude to one's capital city may be the case in Europe, it is not necessarily the case elsewhere. For instance here in Australia Canberra our political capital is a city where everybody wants to spend as little time as possible, while the two major cities compete against each other for being the best and being a Melbournian I would have to say that my opinion is going to be biased.
I can't say that I notice much of the elitist attitude of the major city here in Melbourne, probably because Melbourne is more of a culture capital rather than a financial capital. Over in Sydney you will encounter many more over-priced restaurants and ridiculously high valued properties and suburbs, as well as a much more elitist attitude among the people that live there.
The problem with these places is that unless you earn a relatively high income, it is very difficult to survive in a place like that. However, the attitude of being able to purchase goods at a shop that has the title 'by appointment of her majesty' as you will see on Collins Street here in Melbourne is very much a psychological thing. To have bought something from a shop like that such as Hardy's Jewellers and the fact that you read the financial newspaper, instead of the typical rags that the Hoi Poloi read, gives one the psychological belief that one is better than the Hoi Poloi.
The truth is that it is all rubbish. However the mind set of living in such a city and being able to shop at places like that, as well has having a house in a pricey suburb and driving an expensive car, creates the belief that one has succeeded, and gives the impression to those around you that unless they do the same thing then they have not succeeded. However it is all an illusion. Sometimes though, those who live among the Hoi Poloi, and drink in their pubs, have much more of an identity than those who are constantly trying to prove themselves among their peers.
In the end it is all a matter of identity, and in many cases an identity that you are trying to create for yourself. Sometimes, actually, most times, the quiet, humble, ascetic identity can be much healthier than trying to obtain a high valued, elitist, identity, namely because one does not have to forever maintain that identity at a price that one simply cannot afford. Oct 25, Dominick rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels , humour.
One of the more slenderly-plotted volumes, this one takes Asterix and Obelix to Rome to steal Caesar's wreath, so it can be sued to season a stew.
There are some nice satirical moments e. Obelix's difficulty in getting a good night's sleep in Rome. Also one of the few Asterix books to experiment a very little bit with non-linear narrative, beginning in Rome and then circling back to explain how we got there. Blink One of the more slenderly-plotted volumes, this one takes Asterix and Obelix to Rome to steal Caesar's wreath, so it can be sued to season a stew. Blink and you'll miss the pirates' cameo, but they do turn up, briefly.
As always, a joy to look at--and I am sure there are specific French parody references in some of the character designs that go over my head. Jan 15, Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it. One of the fun parts about this series is the names. Asterix and Obelix need to get Caesar's laurel wreath in order to season some food they are fixing for a guest.
The two of them sell themselves as slaves to get into the palace and that works, but only indirectly. Asterix makes an incredibly spicy dish that one person in the family loves since it's the perfect cure for a One of the fun parts about this series is the names.
Asterix makes an incredibly spicy dish that one person in the family loves since it's the perfect cure for a bad hangover.
Asterix and the Laurel Wreath
To get to Caesar, sell yourself into slavery. There is an implicit acknowledgement of this [adult-oriented material] in that Dogmatix a favourite with younger readers makes only a token 2 panel appearance, and the lettering in the original version of this album uses a style more cursive and difficult to read than usual, again discouraging younger readers the updated version released in uses the same lettering style as all the other Asterix stories. That would be about 30 years off from the historical record. I wonder if he was influenced by a movie he had recently seen to try this trick.
It was originally serialized in Pilote issues in and translated in to English in The story begins in Rome where Asterix and Obelix are talking. Asterix is angry and frustrated and vents his annoyance on Obelix. To explain why they are in Rome, the story flashes back to Lutetia where Asterix, Obelix, Chief Vitalstatistix and his wife Impedimenta are on a shopping trip. The men are loaded with parcels and packages.