My love for History is really what makes me tick. History has always been a part of my life and I continue to be intrigued by the discipline. My Ancient History teacher at school single-handedly passed down his passion to me and he is the very reason why I am an Ancient History teacher today. Sadly, he is no longer with us and I feel that I am not only forever in debt to him for sharing his gift with me, but also responsible in many ways for continuing his legacy and sharing my passion with my students, just like he did.
Our recent Ancient History trip to Pompeii reignited every ounce of passion within me for the Ancient world. In the last couple of years, I have leant towards Modern History as my preferred discipline as I find World War II a vast and fascinating period in time. I also did a lot of my university studies in Modern History. However, seeing the Ancient Roman world in all its glory really made me appreciate how far our society has come, and more importantly, how necessary it is to remember and reflect on societies past. We live in such a fast paced world and present day Rome is a fitting example of how easily Ancient History can be forgotten and neglected. Seeing the Villa of Oplontis in Naples completely left to deteriorate made me really upset, and also grateful that I had the opportunity to visit, because who knows how long it will be around.
When I was at Pompeii I bought a fantastic book about the Ancient Romans called “Veni, Vidi, Vici – everything you wanted to know about the Ancient Romans but were afraid to ask”. It covers the entire period of the Roman Empire and rule in an accessible way to History buffs and newbies. If you’re wanting to know more about the legacy of the Romans (think Caesar, gladiators, Vestel Virgins, Colosseum), then I recommend you have a read. It’s a light read and I read a chapter at a time – i.e. a couple of hundreds of years!