Yes, I know it’s a bit early, but I have a piece of work that I’m supposed to be finishing, and so wanted to get this distraction out of the way. Many apologies also for the shameless self-publicity; in my defence, this is the first time that one of my books has made it into the window of a proper bookshop (even if I did have to drop a note to the proprietor to mention that I’m a local author who recently gave a reasonably well-attended talk to the Gardening Society), and, perhaps more relevantly, the acknowledgements do include the first, but surely not the last, reference to the ‘Spill in print… Anyway, in honour of this event, some more or less historical – and, of course, utterly pretentious – Roman-themed EOTWQs.
1. “My favourite subject at school: invasion of the hot Italians” (Amy Pond in Doctor Who, on the Roman conquest of Britain). Which is the sexiest ancient civilisation, and why?
2. Toga or woad? Or chiton?
3. According to one recent commentator, “modern hi-tech terrorists are the new barbarians”. What’s the crassest and/or most unhelpful historical analogy you’ve ever heard?
4. The Romans ate honeyed dormice while sleeping with their sisters and smothering their enemies with rose petals (allegedly). What’s the most obvious indication of the decadence of modern society?
5. The empire has fallen, the oil is running out, capitalism has run its course: how do you plan to make a living in the new Dark Ages?