APA Panel: Military History of the Greek, Roman, and Late Roman Worlds

Some (all?) of the papers from this panel have been made available at the APA site:

Man it would be nice if every panel did this sort of thing … or at least had podcasts of the presentations … whatever the case, perhaps this is a hint (finally) that publication on the web is considered ‘legitimate’?

On the Interweb

  • If you haven’t visited Laura Gibbs’ Latin via Fables blog yet, you really should as she’s past the ‘fifty fable’ mark … Latin teachers especially will find this ‘slideshow approach’ to learning the language (as opposed to the words) a useful addition to their arsenal …
  • William Annis’ Scholiastae.org wiki is just getting under way, and scholars are encouraged to become scholiasts and comment on various texts (this is what the wiki format is perfect for!) …
  • Pre-university teachers might be interested in the etclassics group which has just started at Yahoo … the official description:

The ETC: Classics in Middle and Elementary group is dedicated to exploring methodologies, activities, and theories that can be applied to Classics-related courses at the middle school and elementary levels. Our goal is a collective of individuals who are interested in providing the best classes and education possible to their students, as well as spreading the teaching of Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies to students of all ages.

… it currently seems to still be in the ‘getting to know everybody’ stage … (not sure if messages are visible to non members)

Breviaria Latina 03/07/09

A smattering of items on the ongoing vivacity of Latin:

A general piece on assorted Latin words and phrases still in use:

On the resurgence of Latin in Athens, Georgia:

And a tip o’ the pileus to Francesca Tronchin for Retweeting these online Latin flashcards:

Breviaria Archaeologica 03/07/09

Some brief items which passed ‘neath my caerulean brow this past week or so:

They’re starting to ponder proposals for a ‘facelift’ for Housesteads Roman Fort:

Construction workers in Highworth dug up a Roman ‘pot’ (actually, a 2nd century or so cremation vessel):

… with more details of its impending auction:

They think they’re going to find more of Gloucester’s Roman wall:

Vague concerns being expressed for “ancient sites” in Bath:

A metal detectorist has found a Roman coin hoard in Devon:

Wanna buy a Roman Circus?:

Not sure whether this Roman bath find in Canterbury is new or not:

Quite a few news outlets are picking up the story about the threat to underwater sites off Greece from scuba divers:

Strikes Galore

One of the reason I have been skeptical of efforts to return assorted items to Greece is the fact that access to such items always seems to be affected by strikes (heck, on our honeymoon, a trip to Corinth was bypassed because of a ferry strike) … this week, e.g., folks couldn’t visit the Acropolis:

… and it’s not just in Greece; Italian archaeologists shut down assorted monuments in their own ongoing protest:

Classicists in the News 03/07/09

I’m trying out some new ‘organizational principles’ for certain types of post … one category will be devoted to items where a particular Classicist and/or their work is the focus, to wit:

Paul Cartledge:

Robert Graves:

Lorna Robinson (Iris Project):

Andrew Wilson (Oxford):

Monica Cyrino (UNew Mexico):

Jinyu Liu and Ellen Muehlberger (DePauw):

Ray Van Dam (UMichigan):

Steven Fineberg (Knox College):

How W. Royal Stokes is spending retirement:

… and of course, we can’t ignore the coverage of Gail Trimble’s success on the UK University Challenge:

Caesar Zambonicus

A piece from the L.A. Times features an interviewish thing with soon-to-retire NHL referee Ron Schick … inter alia:

Among his fondest memories, he said, is working the outdoor game between the Kings and New York Rangers in 1991 in the parking lot outside Casears Palace in Las Vegas.

“Kelly Hrudey wore the Hrudey-cam, Caesar drove the Zamboni and Cleopatra sang the national anthem,” Shick said. “I remember Wayne Gretzky saying, ‘Shicker, I’ve seen a lot of things in my day but I’ve never seen anything like this.'”

Wow … I’ve never ever heard of this before … pity I can’t find a photo of it anywhere …

Gladiators Gladiating Again

The incipit of a piece in the Los Angeles Times:

The gladiators charge each other with a great clashing and crashing of arms and armor. It’s hard to say who looks more fearsome: Atropo or Taurus.

Atropo, the towering Germanic barbarian, wears a mask of black war paint, a headband over her blond hair and a brown tunic and leggings. She wields a trident in one hand and whirls a net in the other.

Taurus, the compact Roman, is a tattooed mass of muscle beneath a battered metal helmet that covers all but his eyes. He circles behind his shield, lunging with the short sword known as the gladio.

The combat rages until Atropo snares the sword with her net, twists Taurus off balance and batters him to his knees. She whips a dagger from her boot and applies it to his jugular.

“Hah!” she snarls. “Now comes the moment when I cut your throat.”

In her conquering gaze, you can almost see a crowded amphitheater roaring in expectation, an emperor rising from his throne to proffer the gesture — thumbs up? thumbs down? — that will decide the fallen fighter’s fate.

Instead, a spatter of applause echoes in a workout room at the Sport and Fitness gym (English names are trendy here) in Ardeatina, an outlying neighborhood of Rome where middle-class Italians and concrete apartment blocks are more common than tourists and ruins.

Atropo helps Taurus pull off his helmet, and the two become 21st century Romans again: Giulia Mazzoli, a mosaic artist, and Michele D’Orazio, a construction worker.

Some people play Dungeons & Dragons in their spare time; some reenact battles; some learn martial arts. Mazzoli and D’Orazio have a pastime that combines elements of all three — and a powerful dose of local pride.