You know you’re an amateur classicist when…
The following are the top ten things that make me an amateur classicist.
What are the things on your list?
Rob Cain’s list
1. When the TV show HBO’s Rome comes on TV and you lecture your family on the historical inaccuracies until they tell you to, “SHUT UP!”
2. When you are sitting in the balconey overlooking the floor of Congress with some students and they ask why there is an image of an ax and rods are on the wall, and you go into a lecture on what the fasces means and its purpose in ancient culture before you realize that it’s not your students that you are talking to.
3. When you visit the Library of Congress and the guide makes the mistake of saying, “One of the statues overlooking the main hall is Gibbon who wrote the ‘Fall of the Roman Catholic Church.’ You know he has got it wrong, and you announce to the crowd of strangers that it is the ‘Fall of the Roman Empire.’ The next day you send an email to the head libraian asking that they instruct their guides to know the works of each statue that is on display.
4. When you become excited on finding a book printed in the 1800′s on ancient Rome with illustrations that you have never seen before. When you buy the book you wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it fresh, because one day the book will be either sitting on your really cool library shelf, or the great maps and illustrations will be preserved and framed on your future man cave.
5. When your wife buys you a child’s Roman Galley and you are excited by it, and spend an afternoon building it and its now on display your bookcase.
6. When meeting a true classicist is equal to meeting a ‘rock star.’
7. When you walk down into the ‘Forum’ and you start to cry in public. ( I had dreamed about it all my life. I was overcome…OK? Give a guy a break.)
8. When you regret not choosing the study of Ancient Rome as your career choice when in college.
9. When you begin to recognize plots of ancient plays in TV shows and movies.
10. When you start a podcast called Ancient Rome Refocused and spend your weekends putting together episodes that speak of your love for the subject, and get excited to meet other amateur classicists that take the time to write you and tell you about their love of history.