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Writer's Block: Back in Time 
16th-Apr-2008 05:01 pm
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If you could travel in time, which era would you visit and why?


I'm amused by the Writer's Block for today, since it seems like I've been discussing this already this week.

Anyway, I have a few time periods I'd love to visit, or maybe revisit, depending on transmigration of souls;)

Let's start with Hellenic Athens, preferably as a male landowner, so I could appreciate the very things I love about Ancient Greece.

I could probably handle Hellenistic Greece (During and after Alexender) and Ptolomic Egypt wouldn't be that bad either.

Spain would be great during the height of Rome. Then again, Spain would be great during any period not involving the reconquista or the Inquisition. I really loved visiting Spain in this lifetime.

If I had to visit during the period after the fall of Western Rome, I'd much rather visit Constantinople or maybe Alexandria during the western Middle Ages. Hell, I'd like to go to Istanbul in th modern age, just because the Hagia Sophia is one of my favorite architechtural monuments.

Renaissance Italy, preforably Florence or Venice. Again in a position to enjoy the artistic and cultural highlights of the period.

Past that, I could live without the colonial periods or pretty much any of the 1800's. Which leaves Postwar US after WW I and WW II. Both of which retain some weird romaticism about them for me.
Comments 
16th-Apr-2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Why would you have to visit Hagia Sophia during the modern age?
16th-Apr-2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Because I'd like to see it now, now in some historic fantasy.

I remember studying it in Art History, but pictures don't really equal first hand viewing.
16th-Apr-2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
You're right. It's awesome in person.

That being said, the opportunity to see it just after Justinian built it would be beyond measure.
16th-Apr-2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Well, there I agree with you. Heck, even being around to watch the construction would be cool as hell. Then again, I have the same architectural mania towards many of the western Cathedrals and Basilicas. One of these days, I will go see Notre Dame. And the Vatican. The major problem I always had with Protestants is how many denominations built some ugly houses of worship. My mother still complains the Presbyterians must love ugly brick structures. But that's a rant for another day.
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