What Era Would You Chose To Live In ?

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What Era Would You Chose To Live In ???

Just wondering, if you could get back in time, what era would you like to live in???

I go for the period of the French revolution...I mean, the second half of the 18th century... Like in 1750-1790...

Because of several reasons : i could go out and watch Don Giovanni being conducted by Mozart himself, I could attend a pianoconcerto with Beethoven as the solist...Also, the scientific revolutions back then...The altering of Europe...Ahh what a period...

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ps : how about you...
 

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Witness the Big Bang and live to tell about it.
 
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go back to when atlantis was supposed to have been around, find out, come back, and then tell everyone that it either existed, or to stuff it and quit fantasizing.
 
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I would love to live during the 19th century here in the United States.
 
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I'd like to go back to around 1880 and steal the credit for all of modern physics. :tongue2:
 
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Hey, if I had a 'time-machine' that means I could also travel through space! Why dwell in the past when the whole universe is open to exploration! Grab what you must and go!
 
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The 1960's in the UK and US would be very tempting to do with what I now know about the period. Metting up with the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and a host of others would be really cool. :cool:

But scientifically, I would like to bounce around the Mesozoic period, which is divided into three time periods: the Triassic (245-208 Million Years Ago), the Jurassic (208-146 Million Years Ago), and the Cretaceous (146-65 Million Years Ago).

I would like to see all of the dinosaurs and measure the climate and atmosphere.
 
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Tom Mattson said:
I'd like to go back to around 1880 and steal the credit for all of modern physics. :tongue2:
Who's to say this has not already been done?
 
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The roaring '20s always sounded fun. Anything much before that seems like it would be too smelly. :yuck:
 
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If I could take what I wanted with me... I might go back to hunter-gatherer times. Things would have been simpler then, if I had modern machines. It would be interesting to find out how much of intelligence is cultural.
 
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It's too difficult to only select one time period to live in. I would love to live in Florence, Italy in the late 15th century, I'd love to meet Da Vinci. I think too much though and realize that for a woman during that time period, or most time periods in the past, I would also need wealth and power to be privy to the things I'd like to see and the people I'd like to meet.

I've read that Michaelangelo was an absolute fanatic when he was working and he only took off his boots once every three months and the flesh would be decaying. Lovely. :yuck:
 
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Mmmm... maybe I'll go back in time, kill myself, and settle that paradox once and for all.
 
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for all you people who say they want to meet famous artists, what if it turns out they are not very interesting? Most of the magic of art is hype by critics.
 
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Bartholomew said:
for all you people who say they want to meet famous artists, what if it turns out they are not very interesting? Most of the magic of art is hype by critics.
They probably would be boring. I'd guess a number of them were probably quite introverted. How else could one immerse themselves so fully into so many works of art if they were out socializing and partying it up?

I wouldn't want to go back and meet any one person. My fascination with history and the past is more about knowing what it was like to be an ordinary citizen in that time. The history books never talk about that stuff, they focus on the royalty and generals and people who were in some way exceptional. Or, I'd like to see what pristine forests looked like before the industrial era, rivers before dams were built and before human civilation polluted them, deserts before they became deserts, etc.
 
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They probably would be boring. I'd guess a number of them were probably quite introverted. How else could one immerse themselves so fully into so many works of art if they were out socializing and partying it up?

All good scientists are like that.

Well, when they're working anyway.
 
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I've read that Michaelangelo was an absolute fanatic when he was working and he only took off his boots once every three months and the flesh would be decaying. Lovely.
This really presents a problem for me .. I like my showers. Historically, by our standards, Europeans were absolutely filthy. I think even a brief visit to anything pre 1900 would be nearly intolerable to someone accustomed to our levels of sanitation.

That said would like to be an eagle flying over the historic battles. Marengo, Austerlitz, Waterloo in the Napoleonic era to see how Napoleon handled the masses of troops. Later to fly over Stonewall Jackson as he chased the Union forces from the Shenandoah valley.

I do not think I would get a lot out of converstions with specific people, but would like to be present and witness some of world shaping events of history or, as Astronuc, mentions to actually see a living dinosaur.
 
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Integral said:
I like my showers
If you worry about showers, consider the options to toilet paper!
 
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Roman Era, Ancient Greece, I'd like to 'visit' all the periods inbetween that and now, but it'd be really too dirty for me. But early 1900's, seeing all the battles and stuff would be cool too.
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
If you worry about showers, consider the options to toilet paper!
Could I take a dozen cases with me?
 
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I guess this isn't very exotic, but I think I'd pick California circa Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Bob Dylan: There was music in the cafes at night and revolution in the air. America in the 60s seems like a pretty fascinating place, especially since it seems so different from what it is today, and it wasn't even terribly long ago.
 
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I'd go back to just before the Romans invaded Britain.

That way, there'd be far less history to learn at school.
 
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Well, if I had to chose an era, it would be now. Never has the world changed so fast and produced so many new things to learn. So, in a way, this is the time when you get a chance to experience the most diverse things.

But from the past, maybe the scientific revolution... before the industrialization. 1500-1600 europe. I could walk up the windy streets of Florence to Galieleo's house or persuade Da Vincis voluntaries not to take that jump off Fiesoles hills with a pair of paperwings...

And to see places I know before humans layed foot there would also be interesting. But then I'd also prefer the eagle perspective, or my fascination would literary die out pretty soon.
 
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I'd probably go back to the Rennaisance...maybe ancienct Greece (pre-Plato, but post-Peloponnesian (sp?)).
 
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For me, it would be the greek and roman empires. I would like to see the nature of social and political life (esp. the Greeks) and how they were much more advanced than most civilizations their age. The enlightenment period would be good too.......
 
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misogynisticfeminist said:
For me, it would be the greek and roman empires. I would like to see the nature of social and political life (esp. the Greeks) and how they were much more advanced than most civilizations their age.
Polybius would say that, to understand how they were what they were, and how they came to be that way, is to understand their history and that of the surrounding nations (the Mediterranian civilizations, in this case). I suggest Charles Freeman, if you're interested in such things :smile:.

The enlightenment period would be good too.......
I concur.
 

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