Over at Word Wenches today, Susan Sarah asks, "What if we could not just read about, or act as, but actually BE our favorite historical person for a little while?"
Interesting question! She has some parameters:
What if you were shown an actual time machine -- one that works effortlessly, within the expanded laws of quantam physics -- and then told that you could step into this thing and program something specific in time, for as long or as brief a period as you like -- so that your conscious awareness would be projected and merged with that of any historical person you choose? If that were possible, what woman (or man) would you want to be? You have the ability to step into their shoes and their life, and you can duck out before things get sticky. And if you like, you can stay much longer, though knowing what we do about the denouement and demise some of our favorites, we might want to opt out.
For me, I think the answer is Cleopatra. She was so strong and intelligent, and the story of her accession to the throne and her scheming and fighting to keep Egypt out of the hands of the Roman empire is amazing. I have been fascinated with her for as long as I can remember. But, yeah, I'm bowing out before the whole suicide ordeal.
Another woman that I would like to step into the shoes of is Queen Hatshepsut, "regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty". (Wikipedia)
If I thought about it a lot longer, I could probably come up with more. But these were the two that immediately popped into my head. What about you? Who in history would you like to be, if just for a little while?