I don't really specificate myself in certain times of history, I simply pick parts up and enjoy tasting them.
From a very young age, I've been reading the works of antique authors, such as Ovid, Plutarch and others; and of course studied their mythologies - I'm fascinated of Greek myths. Other than those, I enjoy learning about Renessaince Italy and WWII.
I also like the history and culture of Incas and Aztecs; and I can't deny my longing for Norse and Irish myths, they all are magnificent.
I like learning languages too, Irish is an incredibly interesting language (though I think its formal name is Gaeilge/Irish Gaelic)! I'd like to learn Italian, Russian and Greek too someday.
I've fenced for three years or so, but I quickly finished it. To me, it was boring and unnatural. What I want to learn is real swordfighting, but unfortunately neither the time nor the opportunity is given.
About swords: I love them. Jian is great, though I'd prefer a dao (two of them, or a miandao). The swords I really adore are Medieval European (like falchion, Messer, basket-hilt claymore, longsword, swept-hilt rapier), but also the ones of ancient times (spatha, gladius, falcata) or from the East (shashka, yataghan, kindjal, scimitar, Shuang Gou, oxtail dao).