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If you could choose to live in any time and in any place through the history of mankind when and where would you choose to live? And in that context, what kind of class, craft, caste or other kind of social, spiritual or economic position would you like to be in?

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I would love to be alive in 1782, in Dublin. I would love to be an aspiring young lawyer aiming to break both the link with the British Empire, secure legislative independence and revoke the Penal Laws. Just call me Henry Grattan :)
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To live? Here and now. To visit for a while? Early 1830's Aristocracy would sould me down to the ground. Doesn't matter where really, as long as I could sit in front of the manor house musing over the intricacies of nature, sip brandies in front of an open fire, and devote myself entirely to that noble profession, the pursuit of greatness. Now wouldn't that be dapper.
 
 
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To live? Here and now. To visit for a while? Early 1830's Aristocracy would sould me down to the ground. Doesn't matter where really, as long as I could sit in front of the manor house musing over the intricacies of nature, sip brandies in front of an open fire, and devote myself entirely to that noble profession, the pursuit of greatness. Now wouldn't that be dapper.
 
 


I think it was Aldous Huxley who lamented (satirically, of course) that the aristocracy and their slow death was one of the most terrible things to afflict humanity. Who would write the histories of insignificant manor houses, write down the amount of seperate insects found in the common garden hedge or any other number of irrelevant eccentricities?
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It for sure would be interesting to participate in some of the Ming admiral Zheng Hes voyages through the Indian Ocean. How interesting and exciting to see all the places, all the trading ports, islands and coasts that were visited during the expeditions. To observe local folk life, landscapes and sceneries.

But of course one should have been among the higher ranked officers or maybe an interpreter and observator like Ma Huan.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Aug 2009 at 05:00
I would like to live in a space city circling Europe (Jupiter's satellite) at 2909 AD

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Yeah. Would love having some kind of a Duchy in 19th century England or something. Perhaps two duchies...
 
Or... Republic of the Romans
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Yeah. Would love having some kind of a Duchy in 19th century England or something. Perhaps two duchies...
 
Or... Republic of the Romans


Hmm... On second thoughts, maybe shadowing Garibaldi in his long quest to unite Italy would be interesting...
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..i always fancied being part of the Mongol conquest....being Genghis Khan for 24 hours would have been seriously interesting, especialy towards the end of his life when he appeared to have calmed down a bit and became a touch philosophical..!!!.Approve


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I'd love to visit Boston in the mid 1770's--just to witness firsthand the events that were unfolding during that time period.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 2009 at 08:25
The wasting of perfectly good tea being one of such?
 
I'd personally shoot those men... tea... and wasting it...
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I'd go back to ptolemaic egypt and systematically catalog everything contained in the great library of alexandria, then in case it did burn down the knowledge contained within would survive.  Course not knowing greek might pose problems.Ermm  If it was to indulge my more violent side, then I'd become a cavalry officer in alexander's army.  Or just be his official biographer following him around like a hawk.  Course there is that greek problem popping up again.  Hmm...

Course those are more task oriented, in the context of simply choosing a timeframe to live in and be forgotten, it depends on health and overall fitness.  It would be great to be an aristocrat sometime during the ancient or medieval world but the idea of dying from the plague or being bleed by a "doctor" rather ruins the dream.  Not to mention the temperament of royalty being a tightrope to walk.  It would be glorious to get a glimpse of every epoch of human history from all civilizations, spend one year at the time of the building of the pyramids, next on to babylon in its prime, the hellenistic era and so on. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Aug 2009 at 20:15
Live in Japan. Life gets boring, you can get out with your honour intact.
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Originally posted by rider rider wrote:

The wasting of perfectly good tea being one of such?
 
I'd personally shoot those men... tea... and wasting it...

Well I don't drink tea, so it's all good LOL

I don't know if this counts, but I would want to visit NYC in 2100.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 2009 at 14:16
I'm partial to being an InnKeeper(imagine that) in The Roman empire or an explorer during the time they were opening the Western Canada. A chef in France before the revolution would work too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 2009 at 14:25
Originally posted by Justinian Justinian wrote:

side, then I'd become a cavalry officer in alexander's army.  Or just be his official biographer following him around like a hawk.  Course there is that greek problem popping up again.


How about another Greek problem if your a straight man??

in other word...I wouldn't follow him like a hawk.

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^^LOL  Follow at a respectable, blend in with the background, distance then.Wink  Either way it would give historical insight into his character.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 2009 at 14:33
For my Time period personally I would like to live either in ancient Greece during the Athenian empire on some Aegaen Isle. Another more military and political side would make me want to be a late Roman Emperor before the breakup and try to prevent the fall of Rome (although it seems improbable).
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Personally, I would like to be a part of the minor Prussian nobility under Friedrich II's glorious rule. Gain a commission in the prussian army and serve for the gory of the state in defeating the Austrian, Russian and Swedish rabble under the brilliant oversight of the greatest tactical and strategic mind in the known world!
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Perhaps, being an oracle in Carthage at the time of Hannibal, persuading the Carthaginian senate to gather more support to Hannibal in the Punic war.   
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Maybe a mid-level warrior in the dark ages. Fight well and gain myself a fiefdom to hand to my childrens!
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Baghad in the 9th or 10th Centuries AD.
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Here and now. I couldn't be bothered with the disease and suffering endured by all previous to modern medicine.  I rather like the idea of living longer than half a century.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2013 at 00:50
I agree I would want to live in the present but vistit the past.
 
Though a more military side of me wishes to lead a charge of Norman knights in the crusades.  Or messing up the fall of Constantiople.  Or the Alamo (provided I don't get killedSmile.)
 
It would be cool to go back in time and "Invent" a machine gun for the Saxons under Harold, or Hannibal.
Also make a biplane for strafing retreating troops after some of Ceasar's victories. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Jun 2013 at 06:24
I'd only like to be able to visit the past. If the only option is to live there, I would choose Kangxi's Qing Empire because then I can actually use the knowledge I spent half my life learning in order to pass the Civil examinations and it actually be helpful to reform an angered Chinese population after the Manchu invasion.
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A lieutenant in the French Army in 1939, just to see if I'd have had the courage to choose the Free French over surrender, and the trials that came after
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2013 at 04:51
I've often said I would trade one year of my life with half a year visiting the different era's and Places of the past.
Now that I have become older I'm not so sure - time becomes more precious the older you get.
 
One major condition would be that visiting another Era did not mean to be a part of that society on equal terms as others - more like a fly on the wall and with the same knowledge I have today.
 
"The good old days" is just a figure of speech - noone would wan't them back or to live in them.
 
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