July 10, 2005

I Wasn't Tagged -- But I Want To Play Anyway

I was browsing over at Bad Example and read a neat post about the meme Harvey got tagged on by GBFan of SpottedHorse. He tagged Mike the Marine of From the Halls to the Shores. The lists are interesting -- you ought to go take a look.

Here is GBFan's challenge.

What ten events would you care to witness if you could travel in time and observe them.

Rules: First my version of the Prime directive you can only observe you cannot change anything no changing of the time line. You can interact to a point ie stand in a crowd or talk to people you cannot do anything that will change time. So sorry no going back and putting a bullet into Hitler's head in 1929 or offing OBL back in the 80's. You can stay as long at an event as you like remember this is a Sci Fi Meme.

Now, for this history teacher's list of 10 times and places I would like to visit in history -- in no particular order.

1) Jerusalem -- about 33 AD -- How could I possibley not include the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Word Who Became Flesh For Our Salvation?

2) Constantinople -- 1054 -- I'd like to be able to observe the events that brought about the Great Schism between the Catholic West and the Orthodox East. So much of it seems to be personal rather than theological -- but was it?

3) Japan -- 1595-1605-- The events that led to the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu are fascinating. By starting the observaation while Toyotomi Hideyoshi (the Taiko) still lived, one would have be able to observe the political and military intrigues that led to the establishment of the shogunate that would rule Japan for the next two-and-a-half centuries at the height of samurai culture.

4) Egypt -- 1360-1325 BC -- Why those years? Akhenaten and Tutankhamun reighned at that time, the two most fascinating and mysterious pharaohs of the Eighteenth Dynasty. One a religious radical, the other the boy king whose death and tomb remain mysterious. And can you say "shinxes and temples and pyramids -- oh my"?

5) Rome -- 50-40 BC -- Caesar vs. Pompey. Caesar and Cleopatra. The assasination of Caesar. Octavian and Antony vs. Brutus and Cassius. Octavian vs. Antony. Ain't Rome grand?

6) London -- 1599 -- During my time as an English teacher, I grew to love Shakespeare. I would love to be able to see a performance -- especially the opening -- of any one of several of Shakespeare's plays. Given that 1599 saw the first productions of Henry V, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It, as well as possibly The Merry Wives of Windsor, it seems like it would have been a very good year.

7) Athens -- 433 BC -- The Age of Pericles was in full bloom by this time, and the Parthenon was finally complete. I'd also have to take in a performance of Sophocles' Antigone.

8) Philadelphia -- 1787 -- How could I not include the Constitutional convention. Many of the greatest minds in America were there, shaping a document which is still the foundation of American government.

9) Tibet -- November, 1950 -- The enthronement of Tenzin Gyatso as the 14th Dalai Lama may well be the last such ceremony to ever take place in Tibet.

10) St. Petersburg -- 1720-1725 -- This monument to Tsar Peter the Great was rising on the shores of the Baltic Sea, part of his attempt to transform Russia into a European power. The final five years of Peter's life were ones in which he made great strides towards his goal.

Well, now you see what sort of things interest the "history geek" in me. I'll pass this one on, in the hopes that some folks will pay attention and respond. Are you up to the challenge, Jim (Snooze Button Dreams), Crystal (Crystal Clear), Dolphin (Where The Dolphins Play), and Mike (Mover Mike)?

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cool thanks for playing and for stopping by Spotted Horse


|| Posted by gbfan001, July 10, 2005 08:53 PM ||

Hm...lessee...(in no particular order)...

1. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount
2. The Resurrection of Christ
3. The Burning Bush
4. The parting of the Red Sea
5. The signing of the Constitution
6. MLK's 'I have a dream...' speech.
7. The first Jewish worship after the first concentration camp was freed (in said concentration camp - I heard a recording of this on NPR, and it was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever heard)
8. The birth of Christ (OK, no particular order, but this one should be first...hehe).
9. The signing of the Declaration of Independence.
10. The civil rights movement. What is more beautiful than good people standing up against wrongness, despite any consequences that may occur as a result thereof? Isn't that what Jesus did (knowing He would face the ultimate consequence)?

|| Posted by Subjugator, July 11, 2005 06:14 AM ||
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