Lets just say nothing in the past 1000 years has really excited me as much as the engineering of the Egyptians, the sacrificial politics of the Inca or the military prowess of the Greeks and Romans.
My love of these ancient cultures began when I read my first biography on Cleopatra. The epitome of Mediterranean royalty, Cleopatra united two of the world’s greatest ancient powers. Although with her death the Egyptian Ptolomaic dynasty ended, the mystery and romance surrounding Cleopatra has seduced and inspired many. The woman who ruled an empire, enticed two powerful Roman elites, and took her own life above suffering foreign disgrace. The cunning, beauty and mysticism wrapped around one woman are what led me love those time periods.
For centuries people have been awed by the sheer timelessness that ancient cultures prepared for. Thousands of years pass by and yet remnants remain from these cultures. Their voices echo through our everyday life and the lives they lived affect ours today. There is no way not to be curious about the lives of those before us.
Although I cannot promise that all of my posts will contain mysterious characters or jaw-dropping stories about ancient wars, I can promise intriguing topics about an almost-forgotten past that has shaped our present and will continue to mold our future.
Something that I have encountered throughout my historical career is that “it is evident that the past ‘sells’, despite inconsistencies in its presentation, representation and interpretation” and I hope that this site helps to rectify these inconsistencies and simply let the past speak for itself. (quote by Innocent Pikirayi from the Journal of South African Studies)
A Reckless Historian,