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  1. I think it would be interesting to see the reign of Augustus. He had a long life. He kept marrying his daughter Julia off. He married her to Tiberius and that was a disaster. I think the releationship with Julia and her father would be very interesting if it historically acurate.

    Would someone PLEASE, make a movie about Sulla? Sulla was in the movie Caesar with Jeremy Sisto. It was nice to have a glimps of Sulla. I am not sure who would play Sulla. Either they would have to age an actor, or find an older Sulla. I think Sulla's appearance changed a lot as he got older. The other movie I would love to see is about the Gracchi.

    So, if Bruno Heller ever lurks around this site, please look into it.

    Any other writer, produce, actor, actress or director please be sure to lurk


  2. I see no one has posted in a while, but here is my opinion:

    I like the Tudor's. The first eposode I hated, but then I had to sit back and watch it for enjoyment. There were a few things that made me cringe, but I got through them.

    I like the idea of showning Buckingham. Not too many people know about his claim to the throne. I love JN as Thomas More. He was amazying. Sam Neil was also good as Wolsey. I have imagined Wolsey as a "kisser upper" at the end. Henry was his life.

    I wish more historical books and movies would stick to the descriptions of a person. Catherine of Aragon had arburn colored hair. But she is shone with black hair to tell the audience she is from Spain. In the PBS Henry VIII, Catherine did have aburn hair. It drives me crazy that in movies about Julius Caesar, they always have Julia with dark hair, she had the blonde hair of the women of the Julii.

    Back to The Tudors. Anne Boylen had black hair and black eyes. I know someone mentioned that already. But it was one of the things that drove Henry wild. So different from his other wives. He liked blondes and light red hair. Even in Anne of the Thousand Days (the movie that started my study of history in 8the grade) Anne had brown hair. But GB played a wonderful Anne. To me, it was a wonderful movie and will always be my favoite.

    It will be interesting to see how The Tudors will age Henry. I am looking forward to that. I think they are going to do two wives per season. Jane and Anne of Cleaves (who is suppose to be ugly). Then probably Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

    It took me a few eposode to sit back and let my mine free, but I really do enjoy The Tudors.


  3. For many years, I thought MA was a hero. Dashing like Richard Burton, or handsome and loyal like James Purfoy My eyes have been opended. See what reading can do? Open your eyes and mind. Now I can't wait until I read more about MA. He was an oppurtunist and was out for himself. After many years, my eyes have been opened!


  4. Thank you so much! Since I am not from the area, I didn't get a chance to look up other places. It seems my in-laws knew about the statue, but didn't know where it came from.

    I got a kick out of this person who wrote to the paper:

     

     

    Brian wrote on Jul 7, 2008 1:05 PM: " Just wondering if any of you super religious folks knew the following:Hadrian was in fact, a gay man. While on a tour of the empire in Egypt, Hadrian's younger male lover drowned in the river Nile. Hadrian then declared an empire wide state of mourning. How's them apples religious right? "

    I wrote back and said it doesn't matter who the statue is about, it is from Rome, 127 AD!

    Do you think it should be auctioned off? Given or Sold back to Rome, but not the money going to the banksharholders, but to the people, or given to a museum, like LSU? Or just give it to me! haha

    Thank you again!

     

     

    The small town of New Iberia LA has had a statue of Hadrian from 127 BC. It was in the Iberia Bank for 40 years. The bank is being sold and the statue is being sent to Christies in New York. Link to article No where in the article does it say where it came from. Even if they don't know where it came from they could have said that. What is making some of the citizens of New Iberia is the bank is selling the statue and the shareholders will get the money, not the town.

    I was in New Iberia last week, but was a day short of seeing the statue put in the shipping crate. It is amazying to me that this little town in the middle of no where has this statue.

    Should the statue be sold at Christies or sold to a museum. Sould the town people get a share of the money or the shareholders of the bank!

    Salve, D

     

    From The Independent, Hadrian waltz out of New Iberia:

     

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    "... The 7-foot-tall, full length statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian... Carved in 127 A.D. ... the statue is the only extant full length portrait of the emperor in the United States. It was removed from Rome in 1820 by the 4th Earl of Darnley, and brought to Coban Hall in Kent, England. From there, it came into the possession of New Orleans collector Wilson J. Raker, until it was sold at auction by Sothby and Co. in 1957. IberiaBank purchased the statue for $3,000. Its worth today is speculated anywhere from $300,000 to nearly $1 million... New Iberia historian Paul Schwing, at first the statue was inside the bank. "When they first put it up outside, it was facing the Baptist Church... The ancient statue lost one of his fingers during that time as well. "That's when they put him under glass,"

    By Mary Tutwiler

    Tuesday, May 06, 2008

     

    Some tourist information sites state the statue arrived at 1961.


  5. The small town of New Iberia LA has had a statue of Hardian from 127 BC. It was in the Iberia Bank for 40 years. The bank is being sold and the statue is being sent to Christies in New York. Link to article No where in the article does it say where it came from. Even if they don't know where it came from they could have said that. What is making some of the citizens of New Iberia is the bank is selling the statue and the shareholders will get the money, not the town.

    I was in New Iberia last week, but was a day short of seeing the statue put in the shipping crate. It is amazying to me that this little town in the middle of no where has this statue.

    Should the statue be sold at Christies or sold to a museum. Sould the town people get a share of the money or the shareholders of the bank!


  6. So this is a day late and a dollar short, but, I love the Tudors. Henry VIII had an older brother,Arthur, then Margaret, Henry and then Mary. What I have read, sorry one of those places I can't remember, but the writers didn't want to confuse the audiuence with Mary and Margaret. So combined them. Mary did marry a King of France who was very old and did die soon after the marriage. There is a movie from 1953,the Sword and the Rose. shows Mary and her old husband dancing, horse riding and all sorts of activites to ware him out. He dies not long after they were married. It has been a long time since I have seen it, I just remember how the old king would look at Mary, with love in his eyes. And she was telling the horse to hurry, faster!

    I am not sure when Mary and Brandon fell in love, but they did get married on the way back from France. Mary and Brandon had three children. Their daughter, Lady Francis married Henry Grey and their daughter was Lady Jane Grey, the nine day queen.

    I just love to talk about this time in history, Richard III and of course ROME.

     

    Did Margaret ever have anything to do with Portugal? Did she even ever go to Portugal?

     

    -- Nephele

     

    Margaret married James IV of Scotland.

     

    Right, that I knew. But I was pretty certain that she never figured into Portugal's politics in any way -- and certainly didn't murder the king of Portugal. Last week's episode of The Tudors seems to have been a bit of a stretch, to say the least.

     

    -- Nephele


  7. Two favorite moments, both in GLADIATOR:

    I understand the complaints about authenticity, and accuracy. Still the public wants drama, action, and the love element whether or not it fits in with historical accuracy. I've recommended GLADIATOR to friends, and when they've seen it asked if "that" really all happened, I get my chance to say, "Not exactly that way" and then engage them in a conversation about the differences, and the way things really were, historically, but still a great story in its own way. (hopefully igniting an interest in the real thing)

     

    Neither of my moments has any real historical significance or are authentic, but for certain groups they have appeal, and aren't horribly missing the historical narrative; at least for a movie going public that wants more of intrigue and patricide leading up to a dangerous and depraved power figure as emperor, than real history for their entertainment.

     

    My first moment: Commodus enters the tent of Marcus Aurelius and has the father and son succession discussion. It seems he had to get a "message" (if not in "fact"), and Richard Harris looked and acted the part of the disheartened father voicing his disappointment for his son. He had had hopes that Commodus could be molded into a proper successor, but at some point he knew it couldn't be adequately done, and probably made his feelings known, either tacitly or verbally, even though he still actually elevated Commodus to Caesar, putting an end to the adoptive precedent.

     

    In the movie, Commodus made his own disappointment clear to his father, and that highly emotionally charged moment moved me and probably any son or father who had felt those very common emotions: The father visualizes something in his son which he desires, but which he is not, and is displeased when the son acts out the very qualities of his father, which the father sees as his weakest. The father sees in the son all his own un-repaired defects and attempts to correct them, driving them apart. Commodus, a neurotic personality, was still elevated to successor, and Marcus may have even felt his choice was (as history records, an) "unfortunate" (one). The Movie departs from reality, since it would not have been enough to accurately follow actual events.

     

    The words:

    [Marcus] (Has just told Commodus that) You will not be emperor (and that) My powers as emperor will go to Maximus, to hold in trust until the Senate is ready to rule. (Commodus shows disappointment when he draws away when his father reaches out to him) My decision disappoints you?

    [Commodus] (hesitates and finally says) You wrote to me once . . . listing the four chief virtues . . . Wisdom, . . . Justice, . . . Fortitude, . . . and Temperance.

    As I read the list I knew I had none of them. But, I have other virtues Father. . .

    Ambition . . . that can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage . . .

    Perhaps not on the battlefield, but there are other forms of courage.

    Devotion. . .To my family. . . and to you.

    But none of my virtues were on your list, father.

    Even then it was as if you didn't want me for your son.

    [Marcus] Commodus! . . .You go too far!

    [Commodus] I searched the faces of the gods . . . for the way to please you, to make you proud.

    One kind word . . . One full hug, where you pressed me to your chest, and held me tight!

    Would have been like the sun in my heart for a thousand years! It's all I've ever wanted.

    What is it in me that makes you hate me so?

    [Marcus] Shhhhh. . . Commodus! Your fault as a son, is my failure as a father . . .

    [Commodus] I would butcher the whole world . . . if you would only love me!

    (sobbing) (they hug in an embrace)

    [Marcus] Unnnnggghhhuh (grunting as Commodus commits patricide)

     

    The Second favorite moment in GLADIATOR;

    The gladiatorial "fight" in the coliseum between Commodus and Maximus; Commodus had visited his cell and had "secretly' stabbed him in the gut, to "handicap" him later in the arena where they were to have it out. In the arena toward the end of the struggle the two were surrounded by the Praetorian Guard who looked "for all the world" like Darth Vaders from Stars Wars, in their all black regalia, as they stood behind their black shields, ostensibly for the protection of Commodus. When Commodus loses his weapon he demands: Quintus give me your sword! (Quintus stands fast) and then to the Praetorian Guard he yells: Give me a sword! Quintus looks around at all the guard and yells "Sheath your swords" thus dooming Commodus, after he pulls a hidden knife, which is then turned on him by Maximus who has voluntarily disarmed himself. . . . slowly pressing the knife into his chest, quietly laying him down to die before the quieted spectators.

     

    Great, for me there isn't a scene I don't like. It is bad I can recite the whole movie. I guess my favorite part of the movie is in the coliseum when Commodus says to Maximus what is your name..... My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife

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  8. One of my favorite scenes is when Marc Antony presents himself at the House of Brutus after Caesar's assissination. He is so polite and in good cheer. Antony says he is going to serve out his term as consul and then retire, like Cincinnatus, grow crops and do my slaves. "I am through with politics, you play to rough for me, knives in the senate, I didn't think you had it in you". Servilla then asks if they could have some time to think about it. Antony says "take all the time you want, I'll wait outside". To me, that is so funny. Brutus and the gang were probably expecting a couple of days, and Antony is waiting outside for the answer.


  9. I don't get the concept of doing "shots." It tastes like crap and just gets you **** faced in record time.

     

    Oh, and you feel really good the next day too!

    It was many years ago when I use to do shots. Now it seems if I even sniff a drink, I get tipsy. I am too "mature" to suffer a hangover in the morning!


  10. This subject probably has been posted before, but I could not find it. My new drink Is Vino Frizzanti, as I call it, fizzy wine. I like it sweet!Frizzante [free-zahn'-teh]. Italian term for slightly sparking wine. The small bubbles provide a refreshing tingle.http://' target="_blank">

    I also like sweet tea, with three lemons, not two, not one, but three. Once in a while a Shiner and a margarita.

    In Louisiana, they have drive through Daiquris shops. They give you the cup taped up and the straw separate so there won't be any drinking and driving. Those crazy cajuns!

    I think I am thirsty!

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