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Old September 16th, 2006, 03:39 PM   #1

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If you could go back in time


If you could go back in time to any place and at any time, where would that be?

Would you like to be one of the first guys to disembark a landing craft on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944? Or, how about being a Confederate soldier taking that long march across that flat, exposed field toward the entrenched Union Army atop Cemetery Ridge June 3, 1863? Would you sit down and talk with Plato or Socrates about what truth and beauty was? Would you like to go back a few thousand years and talk to Jesus? Would you tell him a great religion would grow up under his name? Would you sit outside his burial place for a few days just to see if any one comes out alive in three days? Maybe you would march with Alexander through India and Egypt conquering towns and kingdoms? Would you join in Napoleonís conquest of Europe and Africa?

I think you get the picture. Where would you go, what would you like to see and who would you do it with? Give us some details as to what you think you would expect to experience and what you would hope to return to the present having learned. Let you fantasies run wild here!
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Old September 17th, 2006, 01:34 AM   #2

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I would want, albeit with a macabre sense of historical interest, to witness;

Hannibal's crushing victory at Cannae (216bc)

Boudicca's last, huge and doomed battle against Paulinus (61ad)

The A/Saxon battles against the Norwegians and Normans at Battles of Stamford Bridge & Hastings respectively (1066)

Watch Leonardo DaVinci invent the tank, helicopter etc and paint masterpieces, ie.The Last Supper.
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Old September 17th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #3
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Too many choices.

Geeez, I'd start first off with the Garden of Eden, there with Eve Babe, and I'd a slap the **** out of her id she'd even try to eat that apple, and if she did, then she's outa here, I'd go back to God and say Hey, please make me another.

Next stop, Noah's Ark, I'd of liked to be on that boat/ship.

Oh, Then I suppose I'd of enjoyed seeing Egypt first hand at the right time of say Joseph, get to meet him and his family.

Then moving along, not listing every even, just a few highlights, I'd like to request being at the red sea when it parted. Yeah, ah ha, baby, I'd like to be there and do these types of major events, naturally leading up to the greatest man in history ) Jesus himself, and hang with him first hand, moving along in the time of things, it'd be cool to meet many of the famous people, such as Wild Bill whom my grandfather knew and many others, from Lee to Grant to Mason to John Jay, et al the early, and I mean all the early colonial people of the American era, from say starting in the early 1500's to say the mid 1800's... then I'd skip the whole time between then and when I was born, and live life with all that knowledge in my new alternate self. That'd be cool.

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Old September 17th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #4
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I would like to go back to the times of King Arthur and watch as civilization started to arise from the Dark Ages. Also the Reformation to stand in awe as Europe started to turn from the strict gates of Catholicism.
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Old September 17th, 2006, 06:04 PM   #5
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So many things. I would like to go throught history and find answers. Who really built stonehenge and how. Did Leif Ericson really visit North America. Did Atlantis ever exist? Things that no one really knows right now.
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I would have liked to been a part of something big, something significant. Something important and just.

I can think of a few, but what stands out most is the life in ancient Greece in the times of Golden Age. I'd like to sit down with great men of antiquity and vote in the first election. Sale across the Aegean Sea to new lands.
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Old September 17th, 2006, 06:54 PM   #7

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I would have liked to been a part of something big, something significant. Something important and just.

I can think of a few, but what stands out most is the life in ancient Greece in the times of Golden Age. I'd like to sit down with great men of antiquity and vote in the first election. Sale across the Aegean Sea to new lands.
I like that one....
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Old September 18th, 2006, 05:12 AM   #8

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There's just too many things that I would just want to see. Obviously the six wonders of the ancient world that aren't left standing, and Rome at it's height of power.

I'd always said that if I could go back, I'd go to May 1861 and enlist in North Carolina state service along with my grandfathers. There's one scene in the movie Gods and Generals were civilians of Virginia march through the streets with others lining the sidewalks and cheering them on. I always get a bit teary eyed thinking about what they are about to go through, but when I put myself in their shoes I'd be doing the same thing.
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Old September 18th, 2006, 06:30 AM   #9

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I agree with a lot of you....there are just too many choices to choose from. If I were to go back in time, I would love to see three things:

1. I would love to go back to the Age of John Wyclif. Since my research is based in that time period, being there would definitely help me answer all my questions I have about Wyclif, the Lollards, and the Lancastrian family.

2. The Renaissance and Reformation periods. To see Europe go through a massive change like it did in such a short amount of time would have been awesome to see. I particularly wouldn't mind being in the company of Martin Luther or some of the other major thinkers of the time.

3. Finally, the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. All of the rights and liberties that I have come from the actions and ideas of the framers. It must have been quite a site to see.
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Old September 18th, 2006, 06:34 AM   #10

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There are so many places and times I would love to travel back to and see.

Sticking to a few things in more recent history...

1. The Alamo. Being a native born Texan, it comes with a lot of pride. Sure we got our butts handed to us on a plate. But we didn't go down without a fight. Only a handful of Texans survived the fight, and they were all civilians I think. I wouldn't have enjoyed dying, but I would have loved to be there in the most famous even in Texas History.

2. The American Revolution. Fighting under George Washington for my country's freedom. Going to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington and seeing John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin walking down the streets would have been quite a site.
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