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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Roman history on the telly
SBS is showing the third of the Imperium mini-series tonight. This one's about Nero. I've seen it in the cable tv guide before, but every time it was on I wasn't prepared to sit down for three hours to watch it. I'm curious as to why they haven't shown Julius Caesar first. Come on! Christopher Walken plays Cato the Younger! What's not to love? Anjuli even claims that it was this tv movie that helped her get a distinction in Roman Society and Civilization last semester!

If it's anything like the Augustus one, I have a feeling I'm going to be horribly disappointed and angered by the historical inaccuracies. However, Ian Richardson's in it, as is John Simm, who going by Life on Mars, must be a good actor (because LoM is yet to screen on Australian tv *grumble*). And he's playing Caligula, which will no doubt be entertaining (but not as entertaining as John Hurt was, I'm sure).

Also? While we're on historical dramas about ancient Rome, the ABC needs to show this, stat. Lookit all the actors! Sean Pertwee as Caesar! Frank Gallagher David Threlfall as Constantine! And Jonathan Hyde! (Who's playing someone I don't know, but who cares because it's Jonathan Hyde, right?!)

Pompey continues to crawl along at a snail's pace (interspersed with periods of studying for the two exams on Tuesday). I've reached the halfway point on it though, which I consider pretty good considering that it's due on Friday. I figure I can probably reach 1000 words tonight if I play my cards right. Maybe?


Yep, that was bad. Serious screwing around with the timeline (Nero was a baby when his father died and would've been only four when Caligula was assassinated, not in his late teens. And Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus died of DROPSY, not from a knife to the gut!) and Agrippina miraculously still looks about 30 when her son's in his 20s. Claudius in this had me wishing to be watching Derek Jacobi's portrayal instead. And the whole subplot where Nero falls in love with a slave girl? A little implausible. I'm holding out hope that Poppaea will turn up in the next part but that might be asking a little too much.

Current Mood: working working

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imbeiaiel From: imbeiaiel Date: October 22nd, 2006 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Christopher Walken? Well I'm sold! :)
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: October 22nd, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell's bells, girlie, I'm practically catching up to you! Although... extensive tracts of mine are underlined because I know it's inaccurate/poorly expressed/blatantly wrong, and I can't be shagged fixing it right now.

The plan for tonight is not to stop until I have a complete essay (length and accuracy disregarded), which can be finessed and supported (i.e, with actual secondary sources). Don't expect me to make sense on the morrow.

P.S. Heard from that bad colonial?
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: October 22nd, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just got to 1000 words. Crawling off to bed now. I'm relying on you to poke me awake in class tomorrow. Kindly be coherent enough to do that, please. ;p

Have not heard from our South African friend. I can't wait to see what reaction we get tomorrow. XD
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: October 22nd, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shall do my level best, lady. I'm abandoning at 700, some of which is notes which can be fleshed out when I'm less hungover.
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: October 22nd, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, now I don't mind that I missed this travesty of "historical" drama.

P.S. Does John Hurt's Caligula remind you of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror, or is that just me?
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