On 8 Jul 2006, at 02:07, John Wood wrote:
> I'm sorry, and I know this is just Friday fun, but actually I don't
> think my
> comments are harsh at all.
> . . .
> As you see, I'm not much of a fan of empires generally. Like that
> highlander, Calgacus, said of the Romans at the battle of Mons
> "They make a wilderness and call it peace"
> What about tests for citizenship and our schools getting some different
> perspectives on Empire from the peoples affected...
> What does all this have to do with archaeology? Well, archaeology is
> interpreting the material evidence of the past, and perhaps all we
> ever do
> is impose our prejudices on its unspeaking rubbish and ruins.
> John Wood of the highlands
What John Wood writes shows a worrying lack of historical
perceptiveness. Does he not realise that the quote he attributes to a
great highlander was written by that master of rhetoric, the Roman
historian Tacitus, and shows that the Romans, for all their faults,
were capable of reflection about their own actions?