No, an Interest in Ancient Rome isn’t “Problematic”

Matt Mason
4 min readApr 15, 2024
Photo by David Köhler on Unsplash

Late last year, and not long before I left Twitter, a young American woman posted that any man with an interest in Ancient Rome was inherently problematic to her. I don’t remember the details of her exact post, but she heavily implied or outright stated that it’s a gateway to becoming far right, that she wouldn’t date a man with more than a cursory knowledge of the period.

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Matt Mason

A demisexual childfree nerd who uses Medium for exploring curiosities, for venting, and for the frivolous.