After a 3-hour free guided walking tour through Rome, 32-year-old American John Davidson became what he perceived to be an expert on the history of Ancient Rome and the Roman Empire.
Instantly, Davidson began making obscure references that his friends and family did not understand, including making at least one too many mentions of the Vestal Virgins.
“I didn’t know we would be eating like patricians tonight,” he even said one night at a nice dinner.
In the weeks following the tour, Davidson often declined invitations for dinner or drinks, saying he was “monitoring the latest architectural research” and “writing a book.”
In a year’s time, John plans to become a professor in a prominent university’s classics department, teaching Roman history and Latin, while touring the country speaking about Cicero’s contribution to and relevance to modern political thought.