BBC2 has just aired an hour-long programme about Caesar's conquest of Gaul.
I saw only bits that fitted into the ads during Rosemary and Thyme – don't worry, I recorded the Caesar programme – but what I saw made me think hard about the USA and UK in Iraq.
Superior army versus a population that found unity through opposition to the invader. It sounds all too familiar. And the political aims of Caesar – and the need to become mega-rich.
Vercingetorix and Caesar each had an actor to represent him and his throughts, feelings and hopes. If a fairly run-of-the-mill TV programme based entirely on Caesar's De Bello Gallico can be so involving, why has Caesar as an author dropped so completely out of our syllabus?
Just a thought.