Or how to have a serious WTF moment while studying.
So, here I was studying for the final exam of Ancient Classic History, about Rome. Chapter about the Gracchus...
And sudddenly, le wild EVIL ROMAN CAPITALISTS OF POTTERY APPEAR!!! TUN-TUN-TUUUUUUUN!!!
Yes, those nasty capitalists, bloody merchants, selling their Roman pottery and making money out of it! Those bloody burgesses!
When I read this I felt like 'Hu...?? o.O'
It's ANCIENT ROME! I mean... the author of that book could have called them «rich merchants» instead of... capitalists. No?
Not to mention the 3-pages description of Sulla, the «fair haired man with piercing blue eyes».
Anyway, reading about the «evil capitalists» (yes, the author says they're evil!) I couldn't help but recall all the lessons about the history of Rome and the banter between my friends Mateus, Diogo and me. And this makes so much sense now!
Allow me to explain the exquisite imagination of Archaeology students:
-the rich/noblemen in Rome had this really, really big number of people around them, the clients, who depended on them, and who the rich/noblemen had to sustain. These clients repaid their lords with favours, such as working the land, supporting them in the people's tribune and going to vote with them.
-what is the first thing you think about Italy/Rome (besides pizza)?? MAFIA!!
So, clients, mafia, evil capitalists...
Imagine a bling-bling Roman with a purple toga and sunglasses, surrounded by a large number of Roman peasents with machine-guns. The bling-bling Roman calls over one of the peasents and says (imagine a thick Italian accent):
'Gaius, I need you to make me a favour.'
'Yes, lord Gaius!' (because Romans were all named «Gaius»
'Tiberius didn't help me in the senate. Go make him sleep with the garum.' (fish sauce
'Yes, lord Gaius. But... Gaius Tiberius, or Tiberius Gaius?'
And this is why sometimes students use wikipedia...