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Outside of the wedding anniversary of the rogueclassicist, the closest thing to anything ‘Classical’ for this date is the commemoration of the Protomartyrs of Rome (given a date of 64 A.D.) who were the Christians scapegoated by Nero for the big fire …
Tip o’ the pileus to Superpunch for alerting us to this ad for Scion, featuring our favourite Greek God (for now) … Enjoy:
Even better, there’s a series of behind the scenes/on the set items, where Zeus tries to pick up the Muse in various cheesy, Zeusy ways (in the third one he kind of messes up what Athena is goddess of):
Image via Wikipedia
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Adrian Murdoch continues the series with the emperor who had the coolest name evah:
#26 Maximinus Thrax: Emperors of Rome
Interesting articles in the latest online issue … here’s the TOC:
8.06 – Interview: Satyrs in L.A.
8.05 – Review: Hecuba at Randolph College
8.04 – Review: A Man Who Hates People at Trent University and the University of Toronto
8.03 – Review: The Brothers Menaechmus at East Carolina University
Amy R. Cohen
8.02 – Review: 45th Season of Classical Plays at the Greek Theatre in Syracuse
8.01 – Remembering Douglass Parker
I’ve never quite figured out human beings’ predeliction for making ‘top ten’ lists, but here’s one within our purview:
… and no one with the epithet ‘the Great’ made Boris’ list, interestingly enough.
The Smarthistory folks do a very interesting job with this one, even if they do zip over the story a bit too quickly:
I was wondering if this was going to be brought up, given the current situation in Greece … from the Guardian:
David Cameron has rejected a call for Britain to “put right a wrong” that dates back just short of two centuries by returning the Parthenon marbles to Greece.
Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, reopened the issue of the marble sculptures, currently in the British Museum, when he incorporated the Greek financial crisis in a Commons question.
George told Cameron at prime minister’s questions that Britain could do its bit to help Greece by returning the sculptures to Athens.
He made the suggestion after the prime minister reiterated his belief that the European financial mechanism should be used to bail Greece out of its financial problems.
George told Cameron: “Whilst of course we should not be making a unilateral contribution to the Greek bailout, does the prime minister not agree that we have something which would help regenerate the Greek economy and put right a 200-year wrong – and that is to give the marbles back”.
Cameron said he had no intention of allowing Britain to “lose its marbles”. He told MPs: “I’m afraid I don’t agree … the short answer is that we’re not going to lose them.”
Of course, at this point in time, even if the marbles were to be returned, they’d probably not have enough staff to allow anyone to see them properly …