Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Kate Brown Makes a Debut on World History Blog

Where Kate Brown makes her first post at WHB by introducing herself:

It will be of no surprise to regular readers of this blog that Miland Brown’s wife endures exposure to history—particularly Roman history. The exposure occurs through various History Channel programs and one of Miland’s favorite shows, the HBO series Rome. As for me, I’d much prefer to read a Jane Austen novel or learn about the nineteenth-century. (By the way, to be fair, Miland endured listening to my viewings of Pride and Prejudice, the mini series and the 2005 film version).

Despite the differences in our preferences, Miland does his best to interest me in Rome by pointing out the racy bits and talking about Caesar Augustus—the man who inspired our second son’s middle name. I have to admit, I am intrigued by the man Miland calls the “most influential in history.” Augustus is a central figure in the series. However, I doubt I’ll ever be a fan of Rome. There is too much violence and political intrigue for me. Despite my indifference, I know more about Roman emperors than I would have had I not married this man. I can name quite a few emperors and even have a few favorites. I love the story of Claudius, the heir apparent everyone overlooked because of a disability that ultimately saved his life. My knowledge of Claudius expanded because Miland joyfully bought the I Claudius miniseries for $1 (in VHS format) at a used book sale. Anyway, thanks to Miland, I also like Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and yes, Augustus.

I plan to make one more post again soon. However, after that, I'll probably disappear from this blog for awhile. Thank you, Miland, for the chance to blog here.

1 comment:

Poplar Reader said...

I'd recommend the original two books by Robert Graves "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God" as being far more illuminating than historical fiction normally is, and far better than the BBC series!