Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Not Rome

We loved Rome. This evening I discovered something more pagan.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand

High drama it is not. Visually engaging, it surely is!

We've had some productive days, my parents and I.

On Sunday, we had lunch in McDonalds. Yesterday it was at Morrison's supermarket. It's really what suits them. My Dad barely eats. My Mum eats only a little more. They don't have fancy tastes, so fine dining doesn't really do anything for them.

Still, we started some DIY today, which is good...


liminalD said...

When I first started to consider the possibility that I might be gay, and that that might not be a mortal sin, I began to read what a number of gay apologists had written about sexuality and culture, and through them, to consider Ancient Greece a sort of pinnacle of enlightenment.

I then did a couple of university papers on sex, gender and family life in the ancient world, with a focus on Athens and Sparta, and came to see those societies as utterly abhorrent. Yes, they gave us the academy, dialectical philosophy, democracy and the foundations of modern medicine, but it quickly became apparent that Greek homosexuality bore little resemblance to homosexuality in modern Western societies. Athenian society was simultaneously riddled with male homosexual activity and virulently homophobic. It was quite a shock.

I haven't seen 'Rome' or 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' but I wonder how true to history they are. If they're anything like '300,' I'll gladly give them both a miss.

MadeInScotland said...

Rome, actually, is great drama. Spartacus is not, but it's HOT!!!

As with most modern historic drama on telly these days it is more drama than history.


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