15 Apr 2007

old times

I've always been fascinated by history (especially ancient history), but, unfortunately, when highschool ended, for one reason or another, i kind of stopped reading history books or watching too many history documentaries. Of course, watching movies took me to historical references more than once, and so did plenty of articles related to politics or anthropology. It's just that i didn't feel like i had a coherent contact with the subject anymore, i felt like i was gathering more random information than gaining actual knowledge and i forgot significant dates and details, and it was overall frustrating to feel like i'm losing touch with something i love so much.

That was until recently, when i came across a Pierre Boulle book called "L'archéologue et le mystère de Nefertiti" and i started reading it. Being pure fiction, the book made me angry enough at myself to realise that it would have been much more indicated to read a Zahi Hawass book on the matter instead, just as it would be much more appropriate to start reading serious history books like i used to. Said and done. And i'm so happy cause all the passion came back. I'm currently reading a National Geographic book called "Visual History of the World", which is a very good guideline, a perfect reminder and refresher of previuos knowledge, as well as a very enticing invitation to find out more and more interesting aspects of each period. Discovery Civilization also provides some nice daily insight, especially due to the links between modern methods and old mysteries. And there are also history and archaeology blogs, something i've been only recently emerging into.

Well, and since everybody says i cannot say anything without referring to some animations as well, here's one i particularly liked, because it gives life to the Bayeux Tapestry (via bread and circuses):

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