Has reading about a historical figure ever influenced how you act/speak in real life?

Mar 2016
1,182
Australia
#1
A bit of an odd topic, I must admit, but still a possibly interested/funny one.

For me personally my readings of Napoleon have left me with an immense admiration of the man, and I usually find myself walking like he did, with the famous way he held both of his hands behind his back as he walked about. When it's colder I also sometimes wear a long winter coat as Napoleon did in winter climates such as when he was on campaign in Poland and Russia. Needless to say I also walk with my hands behind my back while wearing a winter coat.

Extremely trivial and silly, I know, but it's something I sometimes subconsciously and sometimes knowingly do. I think I'll skip over the bicorn though.
 
Nov 2010
7,644
Cornwall
#2
Sticking with dictators then, Sulla's epitaph was something like:

"There was never a man who served me, nor an enemy who wronged me, whom I didn't repay in full."

Sounds a good life policy.

If you are walking like Napoleon you need help.
 

Shtajerc

Ad Honorem
Jul 2014
6,695
Lower Styria, Slovenia
#5
Under the influence of 1970 Waterloo movie I sometimes grab two fingers of one hand and rubb them with the fingers of the other hand behind my back like Rod Steiger as Napoleon. Not often though. As a kid I used to put my hand in the shirt like Boney but luckily I outgrew that a long time ago. :lol: