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Talking Meme Day 1: Classics

I am a bit ill today, a sudden head cold that seems most unfair, but I said that I'd start doing the December talking meme today and so I shall! At the very least it'll distract me from the horrible head cold, right? And that's gotta be a good thing.

For the first day classics_lover asked What drew you to the Classics?

My mum did Classics at university, where she met my dad, so Classics has been a big part of my life since I was basically a baby. She read me a few myths when I was a kid. And, beyond that, always made sure to gently correct the myths I was told at school and in other such places. It's probably from her that I get my strong fondness for Hades, which I will be forever grateful for because Hades is far more awesome than most of the other gods.

Due to this, I probably had a strong grounding in Classics throughout my childhood. I suppose I properly got into Classics, though, when I was about 14. I was quite a lonely teenager, not that that's rare for any teenager, and so I took to reading Myths for a bit of escapism. Being me, I of course got obsessively interested in them. This led to me joining several roleplaying sites, on geoboards(?) and other such places, and roleplaying various mythological characters. It was all rather trashy, but it was generally a lot of fun and I had a good time. And it probably sharpened my writing skills, which proved nice for later!

Anyway, I did this for a few years - moving into roleplaying on LJ along the way, also with a fair few mythical characters - and when it came to the time for me to pick my A-level options Classics seemed like the natural choice. My school had started offering it a year before I came to that point, and since it was taught by one of my favourite teachers I was even more enthusiastic about it.

At the start I didn't really see that much of a future in it, I was a lot more interested in doing something involving English at university, but as time progressed I grew more and more enthusiastic. I was one of the best in my class, regularly getting As and so on, and I really enjoyed reading/rereading stuff like Herodotus and the Odyssey. We also got to go on a trip to Greece about halfway through the first year, which was hugely fun and incredibly interesting. By the time I started considering universities I also started glancing casually at Classics departments, and as a result found a university that offered an English Literature and Classics joint that seemed right up my street. I applied, got accepted, skipped merrily off to university...

And that's led me to here! I ended up having huge problems with the English Lit side of the degree, and still largely blame them for the whole Anxiety resurgence thing that only P helped me to get through, but I always enjoyed the Classics side and definitely don't regret taking it. And it's still a lot of fun to think about today.

...So, yes, hopefully that made at least some sense! (BLEGH ILL). The December Talking Meme is here if you're interested in hearing me blather on about stuff, and still has a fair few open spaces.

Now, back to bed to read comics. Because ill.


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Dec. 1st, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon! Have you tried echinacea? THere's a range of products for dealing with headcoldyness (that's totally a word... *shifty eyes) and it's not awful tasting.

People who love the Classics always have a more interesting way of viewing the world (imo), thank you for telling me :)
Dec. 2nd, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! And I shall look into that. :D
Dec. 1st, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Ohh, this was fascinating to read! I always assume people interested in classics just picked it up from school (Odyssey/Iliad/Aeneid are the typical compulsory reading in middle and high school here, no matter what kind of course you're taking), so it was really interesting to learn how you actually came to love them.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)
That's interesting! Over here they don't really require you to read them. So I ended up picking up the Odyssey by myself when I was about 12 (I think), and the Iliad a bit later for the Classics A-level. I would've probably been a lot more interested in certain bits of school if they'd been the texts focused on!
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