I work as a communications officer - writing matters very much to me - but a stronger and more recent passion is the ancient Roman Empire. I'd like to say this came about because of my general level of cultivation. Really, it started with HBO Rome. It was a delicious show, but what I've still not got over is how weirdly sophisticated, brutal and exuberant Roman culture so apparently was, and also how strongly we are still shaped by it. It also reminds me of another weird and excessive empire I love - the USofA.