I am knee deep into my finals which is why you don’t hear much from me. But as of late, I’ve been asked repeatedly what these „humanities“ are that I am studying. Well, instead of memorizing historical facts as we did in school we study the people involved, we try to figure out why people did what they did and what kind of people they were. Beliefs, languages, motivations and inspirations. So there is a reason why it is called humanities or „human studies“ (in some foreign languages). This approach makes history so much more fascinatind and even touching.
Additionally, our wonderful professors try and provide us with studies you can „touch and experience“ and I don’t just mean lectures, theatre and concerts. There are way cooler things; for instance, I partake in a seminar that is concerned with trying to figure out why the hell there are ancient buildings in the middle of Edinburgh (title image). What happened there? I am pretty sure that neither the Greek nor the Romans put them there. To better our understanding we just invited two gentlemen who actively participate in the reenactment movement and who represented the 1. Roman cohort Opladen and they contested to our – many – questions. That’s history you can touch. Literally. :D
I really don’t understand why people think university is boring ;)
As said so wisely in Asterix: These Romans are crazy.