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My Cousins, the Syphaxes

A very American story.

Apr 15, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 29 • By KEN JENSEN
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In case you’re wondering where the name Syphax comes from, take a look at Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita and read about the king of the ancient Algerian tribe Masaesyli of western Numida during the last quarter of the 3rd century b.c. Cousin Vincent assures me that we’re direct descendants of the king.

Next stop: finding out about my largely unknown Danish family. Question: Is there a Brahe (as in Tycho) or a Kierkegaard (as in Søren) or (what would be best of all) a Rosenbaum (as in Victor Borge) in the woodpile?

Ken Jensen is associate director of the American Center for Democracy for its Economic Warfare Institute.

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