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So, Shakespeare season is over for another year.

It was my first time seeing "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1," and "Two Gentlemen of Verona." We also saw "Taming of the Shrew," "Macbeth," "Much Ado About Nothing," and "Measure for Measure" (well, the only other time I saw that one it was re-written as a political piece about the American Indian schools.) There was also a re-telling of "Midsummer Night's Dream" using the Power Rangers.

We also watched the entirety of that new TNT show, "Will."

Went to the annual Huntington Beach Civil War Days again yesterday. It was so humid. Can't help but feel sorry for all those people wearing so many layers of wool.
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Christopher Marlowe's now going to be getting credit for co-writing the three parts of "Henry VI."

I'm very excited to hear this.

Would have posted this right after it was reported, but I kept forgetting.
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I'd always heard we all originally were African. Will have to look deeper into this.

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Pretty cool. Haven't Asians/Indian been the established oldest ethnicity though?
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They have discovered the ancient skeletons of Asian people in a Roman burial site in Britain
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Do it! Give in! Join us!!

And I still say also read the books... because dude... it just gets way more detailed.
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You won't be escaping it any time in the next two years, that's for sure.
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Dangit, I can't escape Game of Thrones. Thy time to watch it is surely upon me... lol.
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Since my life pretty much sucked during the work week for the past month or so, I pretty much went through the weekends with this complete voracious need to get out of the house the whole time.

Last week, packed the days with running to museums. Went to the Getty for the cave temple exhibit and then saw "Cymbeline" performed in the park. The next day went to the Bowers Museum for the mummies exhibit, which was really cool since they had way more from other places that I expected. It wasn't just Egyptian and Peruvian.

Got really obsessed with going to the Shakespeare shows this season, even paying for it. Bum bum BUUUUUUUMMMMM!!! Among the ones we saw a couple times was "Richard III," the final part in the Wars of the Roses.

Fun video explaining that part of history, which inspired much of "Game of Thrones":

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Wow, she is so young! And I think that there was some Shakespeare on that record if memory serves correctly.

The main reason that I haven't finished the Illiad (or started the Odyssey) is because I am not sure about the translation that I have... and I am really picky about translation. My ancient history professor swore by the Penguin versions of classic books, however, so I tend to trust those... but they never seem to have them at a good price.
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It's the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's passing.

Whether or not you believe he truly authored all those plays, his name is stamped all over a legacy that shall last 'til the end of the world and possibly beyond (don't know what they stuck on that record they shot into space in case aliens find it.)

Anyway, here's Dame Maggie Smith playing Beatrice in my favorite play of his:

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I tried watching Magical Egypt on youtube after hearing about it on Joe Rogan's podcast, but two episodes felt like enough haha. It was pretty hokey and a lot of the guy just talking, as in the camera was just there filming him. Wasn't quite what I hoped for.

Egypt is one of the most fascinating things in the world to me though. Any other good documentaries out there? Maybe on youtube?

Chernobyl makes me really curious about Russian history too. It just seems like there's another planet over there concerning Russia, and China.
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Dang, I really really liked the Illiad. I really don't mind knowing the ending though, considering that the poem itself basically says what the ending is repeatedly, the whole time through. What I liked though was the growing sense of dread as we got closer and closer to what happens. For me, it was way less about the destination, and way more about the journey and what philosophical points the Iliad was trying to share with us. Same thing with the Odyssey too.
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I keep starting and stopping the Illiad... one day I really will finish it. But I know what happens already. I will have to check out this podcast, however.
Lord Vulkas Mormonus
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I'm not too into podcasts or videos, but I love reading the stuff. I've been getting into ancient literature the last few months with Homer and the Aeneid. I read the Argonautika too, but frankly I was really disappointed. I felt like it told just half a story and then sort of went nowhere.

I'm looking at getting Herodotus's Histories as my next big work. Anybody here read it?
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Hardcore History with Dan Carlin is a pretty cool podcast! Recommended.
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Kept forgetting to post this, but they did a radar scan of Shakespeare's grave and finally revealed that his skull appears to be missing.

His grave is well-noted for bearing a sign reading, "Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones."

It's suspected the skull was stolen as a drunken bet to see if someone could take a piece of him and survive the curse.
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Huh, will have to look into him. The extent of my listening to podcasts is just listening to whatever's on NPR, which does play a lot of stories about history on shows like Radiolab and occasionally Snap Judgement.

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Been digging Hardcore History with Dan Carlin lately, since I can have headphones at work. Do any of you guys like him or other historical podcasts?
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