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    WB Reeves, NonnyO, irishwitch, LinSea

    I'm currently work on a piece about the Irish Druids for my Ancient Ireland series. The Roman sources tend to be more fantasy than reality.

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      Ojibwa, irishwitch

      I wouldn't trust the Romans in general as far as their take on the customs of "barbarian" peoples. Their bigoted commentaries are clearly in the interest of justifying the onward march of empire.

      OTOH, when they do make the rare positive expression, I tend to give it credence as a statement against their own interests.  

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 06:19:04 PM PDT

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    •  Yet it's amazing how very few people ever (2+ / 0-)
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      question them.  I mean, they're ROMANS and the Celts were BARBARIANS. I almost got thrown out of my third Latin class at my Catholic high school for pointing out that in Pliny's letter to Trajan, as governor of Judea or whatever (it's been 45 years)he didn't g=hate or want to persecute Christians; he just wanted them to throw incense and and leave.  But they wouldn't cooperate. That kinda ruined my perception of all Romans as evil horrible people who hated Christians.  The nun didn't care for my sking questions.

      I wish to this day that I hadn't gotten two useless degrees (M.L.S., and a master's in TV/Radio) but had pursued my original goal of getting a Ph.D. in Lit, with a concentration on writers of the Celtic Twilight: Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, O'Casey. But I didn't. Instead I wrote Irish fairytales (having a great-grandmother under the same roof with a Galway brogue contributed) for fantasy magazines and anthologies. Which, all things considered, may have been the smarter choice.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 06:31:09 PM PDT

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