The fact that Julius Caesar burst into tears after reading about Alexander the Great because they were the same age but he could never live up to Alexander is one of the greatest things I’ve learnt as a classics student
Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar? Hm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about. We should totally just *stab* Caesar!
While we’re talking about Ulysses, because it’s that kind of night: we know he named himself after the Union general, not the mythical Greek hero, but did Caesar know that? Ulysses S. Grant was a Union general. Anyone as knowledgeable about history as Ulysses and Caesar must have known that the Union fought against slavery– the very foundation of the Legion.
I might be reading too much into things, but remember that Ulysses took his name before he found the Dam and learned of the NCR:
Long ago, I crossed the Colorado, the first among the Legion to see Hoover Dam in all its glory… an Old World wall, yet bridging two sides. And beyond it, a symbol of a two-headed Bear, an idea great enough to challenge Caesar himself.
So the speeches he gives about turning two flags into one couldn’t have been his original reason for choosing his name. And given what happened to Ulysses’ tribe… I can’t help seeing it as a quiet, covert act of rebellion.
Gay Pride Month is coming to an end. Any notable gay people you would like to write about?
Wow. There are just so many. Alexander the Great was gay, Julius Caesar was bisexual, Sir Francis Bacon was a gay man and the first “modern” scientist. Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were gay and da Vinci almost went to prison for it. Sir Issac Newton was asexual. The great Anthropologist Margaret Mead was a lesbian. The great historian Jan Morris was trans.
Alan Turing the father of modern computing and who might have contributed more to the winning of WWII than any other single individual in history by inventing the Enigma Code Machine which was every bit as important as the atomic bomb was gay and in fact convicted of homosexuality and later committed suicide because of it.
You couldn’t begin to name all the writers, actors, filmmakers, painters, sculptors, dancers, designers and other artists. There are just too many of them.
Caesar Augustus before the body of Alexander the Great. Illustration by H. Showmer
History tells us that Alexander’s remains were brought to Alexandria, Egypt where they were placed in a sarcophagus. The Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, viewed the remains, circa 30 B.C. … About this time he had the sarcophagus and body of Alexander the Great brought forth from its shrine,15 and after gazing on it, showed his respect by placing upon it a golden crown and strewing it with flowers; and being then asked whether he wished to see the tomb of the Ptolemies as well, he replied, “My wish was to see a king, not corpses.”
Ok fellow Romans, what’s everyone’s dream cast for Julius Caesar if you could direct and could get any actors together?
reblog with choices please
either contemporary or past-with-time-machine
Mine would be roughly:
Sir Patrick apparently never played this role, which should be remedied. He’s a fantastic Shakespare actor, he’s bald, he has the dignity of a king, what more could you wish for?
Tom Wisdom, whom I discovered in Dominion (still angry it got cancelled after 2 seasons). There he proved that a noble paragon type (who is nevertheless dangerous and has a dark side) really suits him. Ridiculously hot, sensitive, and does suffering really, really well. Plus he did some stage work, too.
Davis Tennant. He certainly got that “lean and hungry look”, plus he’s intense, has a certain vulnerability, and he’s experienced with Shakespeare. His Hamlet was simply fantastic.
Luke Thompson, who played him at the Globe. I have never seen a better Antony - not even Brando.
Freema Agyeman, because she’s a badass lady who would definitely nail the character. Also, imagine the fun they’d have with Cassius off-stage. “Get in the TARDIS Portia, we’re going to meet the Bard”
Tara Fitzgerald - again, someone with a lot of stage experience, plus I can’t put a super young Calpurnia beside Patrick Stewart. Also, look at her, she’s beautiful! Plus I’m angry about her character’s treatment in GoT. That shows just wastes so many great actors…
Hey everyone ! Fair warning, this month’s analysis is a bit heavy on the
History lesson side. I try not to go all nerdy on here because I want to
emphasize that this is only my opinion/thoughts and not “10 things you need to
know to understand this issue” but the further we go back in time, the harder
it gets to analyse things without putting them in context first. So yeah, sorry
about that. Anyway, as usual spoilers under the cut. Enjoy !
Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar? Hmm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just as much as they like Caesar. And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody, huh? Because that’s not what Rome is about. We should totally just STAB Caesar!
Aaron Burr, totally not talking about Alexander Hamilton