Seen in Passing: In A Cage

In medias res from an item in Psychology Today:

Would you like to be 80 and be physically health with dementia, or with a sound mind in a ruined body?

Pick only one.

In my work, I get to ask questions from the Geriatric Depression Scale like, “Do you think that most people are better off than you are?”

The 80something, I asked this of said, “No, not most, particularly some of the other people around here, whose minds are totally destroyed,” the fairly common response from many who still have a mind that always reminds me of the first line of Ginsberg’s Howl, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness”-a line appropriate to the most garden variety of nursing homes.

I’ll call him Mr. Jones. He was a long-time, semi-prominent classicist who forsaking Herodotus–I told him I could barely finish the first book of The Histories, in English–now lies in bed when he’s not in his wheel chair, mostly watching TV. A Yankee fan, he’s happily waiting for the first spring training game only weeks away.

“If only I kind walk,” a refrain I’ve heard scores of times over the years, “my life would be so much better.”

But Jones, unlike some others or possibly me in the future, is making–pick your platitude–the best of a bad bargain and playing the hand fate dealt to him.

Jones told me that, like Thaoo, perhaps, he never expects to leave the nursing home.

“I recognize I can’t live on my own. My son says its an ordeal just to take me for a car ride. But my friends still visit.”

On his nightstand, I see a copy of a journal I never heard of, Classical Philology, so I know that there is more than the Yankees on his sound mind not in a sound body

via World’s Oldest Condor Dies–In A Cage | Psychology Today.

January, 2010 CSA Newsletter

Going AWOL (ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/): Thoughts on developing a tool for the organization and discovery of open access scholarly resources for the study of the Ancient World (Charles E. Jones)

Website Review: The Ancient Agora of Athens

A very complex site without a carefully-defined audience. (Harrison Eiteljorg, II)

Cloudy Skies?

Computing in the clouds may have more costs than benefits. (Harrison Eiteljorg, II)

Using Old Data in New Ways

Repurposing data is a critical process for all scholars. (Harrison Eiteljorg, II)

Know Your Choices

New tools can be very useful — if they are used wisely. (Harrison Eiteljorg, II)

Miscellaneous Notes

An irregular feature of the CSA Newsletter

via CSA Newsletter.

Temple of Venus in Pompeii Reopens

Riapre al pubblico il Tempio di Venere di Pompei. Uno degli angoli meno conosciuti degli scavi archeologici è stato restituito ai visitatori dopo un intervento di riqualificazione. I lavori era diventati urgenti “dalla lunga assenza di manutenzione”, ha detto Maria Emma Pirozzi, direttore dei lavori e tecnico della Soprintendenza. Il tempio si trova nella parte occidentale della collina di Pompei, verso il mare e il fiume Sarno. Fu costruito subito dopo l’80 a.C. per onorare la dea Venere protettrice di Lucius Cornelius Sulla, assimilata alla Venere Fisica protettrice della città, e si trovava su un podio in tufo circondato da portico, abbellito da marmi. Gli ultimi interventi agli scavi hanno anche recuperato il il principale percorso di uscita dall’antica Pompei, che di collega la Piazza del Foro con il centro della Pompei moderna.

via Mondointasca.org – Notizie flash.

CONF: Teaching Marxism Workshop 17/2/2010

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

Teaching Controversial Topics: Marxist Theory, February 17th 2010,

The Coal Store, Pump House Building, The Peoples’ History Museum, Manchester

http://www.phm.org.uk/findus.htm

The Subject Centre for History, Classics & Archaeology is holding a joint workshop to investigate the teaching of Marxism within those disciplines as part of its ‘Teaching Controversial Topics’ series

The programme is as follows;

Programme

10:30 to 11:00 – Registration

11:00 to 12:00 – Session 1

Richard Alston – Royal Holloway:

“Marxism, Utopianism and Teaching the Roman City”

Michael Sommer – University of Liverpool:

“By the beard of the prophet! Marxian paradigms and ancient (hi)story/ies”

12:00 to 13:00 – Session 2

John Barrett – University of Sheffield

“Teaching Marxism as a question rather than as an answer”

Steve Roskams – University of York

“The Relevance of Marxism to Archaeological Theory and Practice: some York experiences”

13:00 to 14:00 – Lunch & Tour of The People’s Museum, Manchester

14:00 to 15:00 – Session 3

Catherine Feely – University of Manchester

“Theory and Practice: How and Why Should History Students Read Karl Marx”

Helena Sheehan – University of Dublin

“Teaching History of Ideas from a Marxist Perspective”

15:00 to 16:00 – Session 4

Round table discussion on the current challenges to teaching Marxism

There will be opportunities to explore the challenges of teaching Marxism to History, Classics and Archaeology students in the 21st century, as well as sharing experiences and resources.

We very much hope to see you there, as usual, lunch and refreshments will be provided at no charge. To register for this event you can do so electronically at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/heahistory/publications/ebulletin/news4/ or if you have any queries please send me an email on classicshea AT liverpool.ac.uk.