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Alita



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being Greek, I grew up with Alexander the Great from infancy. (One of the few names I learnt, including Jesus and Panagia). Every time the men (dad, uncles etc) got together to discuss history and politics, you would always hear Alexander's, Kolokotroni's and Papandrea's names come up in the conversation, as a matter of course. At Saturday school we would do projects and draw the conqueror and trace out his route across the world. For Dad's birthday, Father's Day or Name Day, when I was out of gift ideas, Alexander DVDs and videos would save me. Then later on, I got curious at uni and actually started reading more seriously about him. It's just like with most things kids learn: first the basics, then you go deeper and in more detail. But developing a passion for Alexander I would say is like falling in love with a distant cousin or family friend who's been coming round to your house since you were a baby and toward whom you're now not sure how to act. Embarassed A most strange and pleasant sensation! Razz Wink

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I kind of think the opposite. When I'm old and grey I will undoubtedly be looking back thinking 'if only', I know that already. I will think of Alexander and think 'oh well, at least some people in life manage to do something with their life.'


I think it's always those who underestimate themselves who end up doing the greatest things of all in this life.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alita wrote:
Being Greek, I grew up with Alexander the Great from infancy. (One of the few names I learnt, including Jesus and Panagia). Every time the men (dad, uncles etc) got together to discuss history and politics, you would always hear Alexander's, Kolokotroni's and Papandrea's names come up in the conversation, as a matter of course. At Saturday school we would do projects and draw the conqueror and trace out his route across the world. For Dad's birthday, Father's Day or Name Day, when I was out of gift ideas, Alexander DVDs and videos would save me. Then later on, I got curious at uni and actually started reading more seriously about him. It's just like with most things kids learn: first the basics, then you go deeper and in more detail. But developing a passion for Alexander I would say is like falling in love with a distant cousin or family friend who's been coming round to your house since you were a baby and toward whom you're now not sure how to act. Embarassed A most strange and pleasant sensation! Razz Wink





Catherine X wrote:


I kind of think the opposite. When I'm old and grey I will undoubtedly be looking back thinking 'if only', I know that already. I will think of Alexander and think 'oh well, at least some people in life manage to do something with their life.'


I think it's always those who underestimate themselves who end up doing the greatest things of all in this life.


Oh, how I agree with you, Alita!
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