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Name a famous person from over a thousand years ago and up.
Tell me how you think they would adapt to living in this century(explain in GREAT detail).

Bonus Questions:
Do you have a favorite and least favorite historical figure?
What makes this person your favorite and least favorite?
Would would like to meet this famous person?

Thank a bunches.

Also, let me know if another thread similar to this one exist.


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Hannibal of Carthage.

If that mofo showed up, and he got the resources to build an army, we'd all be fucked. He'd pretty much take over the world.
I mean think about it: He was able to transport all the resources necessary to destroying the Roman Empire from Carthage all the way around through Spain, to Rome. He used WAR ELEPHANTS. How do you beat war elephants? His tactics were so good that the Romans adopted his strategies. Hannibal pretty much became synonymous with fear in Rome.
If he got into this century, he would probably kick our shit with giant robots or something. Probably nothing would stand long against him.

The bonuses:
- Favorite: Jesus. Least Favorite: Hitler.
- Jesus was a badass. He got harassed, beaten, and spat on and all he did was just say, "yeah, I love you too". As for Hitler, he was a meanypants.
- I would like to meet Jesus but I would be kind of afraid that I may not be suited to speak directly to him. Idk. I would like to meet Hitler so that I could understand the reasoning behind what he did.

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Vlad Tepes.

I think he would make an excellent modern day dictator.
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Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)

It seems like all the changes he brought (or at least tried to) where meticulously planned way before being Pharaoh. As soon as he came to power he used every single resource he had to try to achieve his goal of monotheism, attempting to redefine cultural heritage by tying his very existence to that of Aten and using the image of himself and his family to recreate Egypt. The more relevant points to today, however, are:

1) He brought changes in policies that went against the thoughts of most scribes at the time, and persisted despite knowing his status and future were automatically at risk...I could see him as a figure constantly under the look of the media, yet confidently arrive at results.

2) His most important trait is constantly trying to depart from traditionalism...now, if you put any historical figure or any random member of any society (or most that I remember) from a thousand years ago and up, his/her biggest problem would probably be adapting to the more liberal points of view and ways of life. Sure, he still ruled strictly like any other Pharaoh, and it could be argued that seeking monotheism was for his personal gain and improved well-being, but regardless he is a figure of reform adaptability.

On the other hand, the way in which he easily antagonized many people could be quite detrimental in 21st century life were he a middle-class citizen or so, but I believe the points mentioned make up for it.

Favorite historical figure: I simply cannot avoid going with Joan of Arc. A girl form a peasant family who, AS A TEEN, leads her country's army to several victories...it seems so mythical, it's just awesome.

Least favorite: ...frankly, I can't name anyone. Everyone was in their own unique position in time and place and did what they wanted, or needed. Many times it could have been "better", but the past is the past IMO and I couldn't imagine a world in which Japan had lost to the Mongols or Hitler would have been assasinated before invading Poland...well, i suppose there might not be such a thing as anime if that first one had happened XD.

And I would definitely like to meet Joan of Arc, I wonder how her view of religion changed after her said divine revelations.

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Jesus, he'll own Chris Angel and David Blaine.





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Jesus, he'll own Chris Angel and David Blaine.







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I vote for Socrates. The elenctic method would keep him from going insane.
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What about Tutankhamun and Neferiti along side him?

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So-crates would be able to adapt. I saw it in Bill and Ted!

Give Genghis Khan a skateboard and he'll be fine too.
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otakurocklee wrote:

So-crates would be able to adapt. I saw it in Bill and Ted!

Give Genghis Khan a skateboard and he'll be fine too.


Give Genghis Khan a skateboard???

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qualeshia3 wrote:


otakurocklee wrote:

So-crates would be able to adapt. I saw it in Bill and Ted!

Give Genghis Khan a skateboard and he'll be fine too.


Give Genghis Khan a skateboard???



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2DeBG7pAXU
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otakurocklee wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


otakurocklee wrote:

So-crates would be able to adapt. I saw it in Bill and Ted!

Give Genghis Khan a skateboard and he'll be fine too.


Give Genghis Khan a skateboard???



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2DeBG7pAXU


A skateboard is fine just not a baseball bat.
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Caligula.
Could be fun to see how that insane emperor would fit in a modern society.

This pretty much describes the guy(coppied from wikipedia):

Philo of Alexandria and Seneca the Younger, describe an insane emperor who was self-absorbed, angry, killed on a whim, and who indulged in too much spending and sex. He is accused of sleeping with other men's wives and bragging about it, killing for mere amusement, deliberately wasting money on his bridge, causing starvation, and wanting a statue of himself erected in the Temple of Jerusalem for his worship. Once, at some games at which he was presiding, he ordered his guards to throw an entire section of the crowd into the arena during intermission to be eaten by animals because there were no criminals to be prosecuted and he was bored.
While repeating the earlier stories, the later sources of Suetonius and Cassius Dio provide additional tales of insanity. They accuse Caligula of incest with his sisters, Agrippina the Younger, Drusilla, and Livilla, and say he prostituted them to other men. They state he sent troops on illogical military exercises, turned the palace into a brothel, and, most famously, planned or promised to make his horse, Incitatus, a consul, and actually appointed him a priest.
As you might have read he was truly insane. I think he never would have gained any kind of power and most likely he would have ended up in a psychiatric hospital and never been able to "adapt" himself to society.
As for you question about favourite person, I would say Joseph Stalin. SImply because of what he achieved with the Soviet Union. He turned a rudimentary rural state into a powerful nation in less than 20 years. A direct result of this was the defate of Nazi Germany during WW2.
As for least favourite person, I would say Ivar Åsen. He invented a unified dialect called new norwegian that we are forced to learn even though nearly none speaks it and few writes it.
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Jesus. I can imagine Him going to James Ramsi and winning the million dollars, turning it into food, and making it disappear,where bread will subsequently rain unto poor countries.
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Julius Ceasar would be quite the hype man!
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