Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday

If you could travel back to any historical era for research purposes, which would you choose?

Okay, this one's kind of cheating for me. Anybody who knows me well can answer this for me: I'd go back to Macedon circa 330 BC, as Alexander the Great conquered the known world.

I have a huge Alexander the Great obsession; I wrote my thesis on him for high school. Everything about his reign was epic and groundbreaking, from his religious and cultural tolerance to his military genius.

Ahem...

So yeah. I'm a huge history junkie, so there's tons of other places I'd love to visit. Elizabethan England when Francis Drake conquered the Spanish Armada. Jamestown, when the colonists eked out a living from hostile land. Rome under Vespasian, a strange mix of savagery and civilization. The Meiji period in Japan, when Japan lost its innocence and leaped forward several centuries in 45 years.

But I'd visit 330 BC Macedon all for one person. Now that's the kind of thing novels are based around!

8 comments:

Girlinbetween said...

<3
I was somewhat obsessed with Alexander the Great! He is just fascinating :D

Kaitlin Ward said...

I would come with you to all of those places.

Kristin Miller said...

Isn't it amazing when the greatness of one person can define an entire era? So cool.

Abby Stevens said...

Oooh, Jamestown! Jamestown would be awesome! Didn't even think of that one...

Margo said...

Abby - Yeah, I don't think the Puritans would be much fun, but Jamestown was one of the only places that wasn't Puritans!

Erinn said...

Very cool, it's not a time I know a lot about, it's such a pivotal time in world history. Alexander the Great is such a fascinating political character, I'm surprised more novels aren't set in that time.

Kate Hart said...

I know so little about Alexander the Great, I can't even make an intelligent comment on this post. #thingstofix

Michelle Schusterman said...

Wow, you went seriously far back! I think it's awesome you wrote so much about him in high school. Very cool.