by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Thu Oct 15 2015, 03:55pm | 4 comments
Even older, according to Plutarch, Alexander and Hephaestion visited the tombs of Achilles and Patroclus to lay wreaths. It was a touristic break to visit Troy while Alexander was busy getting his army to Asia to go after the Persian Empire. Before that, there was that little side trip to see the Gordion Knot, which he vandalised.
Celebrity tourism is ancient. Literally.
There was a book by Tony Perrottet that was written about a similar topic several years ago — its various editions were titled either Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists or Route 66 AD — but obviously that was a book that MaryAnn hadn’t yet read or even seen.
I never got a chance to finish reading it but it looked interesting judging from what little I did read.
Sounds interesting…I hadn’t heard of it either.
Well, I spend a lot of time — perhaps too much time — browsing the local libraries — which is how I first came across it.
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