TIL Drawing a line in the sand is believed to have come from an elderly Roman sent alone to tell the king of the Seleucid Empire to stop war w Egypt. The king hesitated to accept leading the elderly man to draw a circle around him in the sand saying if he left it before answering there would be war.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IV_Epiphanes#Wars_against_Egypt_and_relations_with_Rome

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