Olympia Theft Followup III

Mentioned almost in passing in the incipit of a brief item at Athens News:

Pavlos Yeroulanos will stay on as minister of culture and tourism, despite offering his resignation in the wake of last week museum robbery at Ancient Olympia.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos met with Yeroulanos on Wednesday to discuss the armed robbery and said that he had rejected the resignation offer. [...]

Classical Combine

For those of you with an NFL obsession like our house has, there might be some interest in the upcoming Combine (when prospects show off their skills for pro scouts and coaches prior to the draft). CBS News has a brief feature which begins:

You can tell a lot about an NFL prospect based on how they were raised.

For offensive tackles Jonathan Martin and Matt Kalil, All-Pac-12 counterparts fighting to be the top offensive lineman drafted in April, background is at the forefront at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Stanford’s Martin majored in Classics — Greek and Roman history — with plans to eventually attend law school. He was recruited by Harvard, his father is a criminal justice professor and his mother is legal counsel for an auto company. At 6-5, 312 pounds with 34-inch arm length, he has the size advantage over Southern Cal’s Kalil. [...]

An Arrest in the Olympia Theft

This just in from eKathimerini:

Police have detained a suspect in connection with the recent robbery at the Ancient Olympia museum.

Officers said they have detained a foreign national who they suspect was part of a group that raided jewellery shops in the area. Police believe this gang may have been involved in the museum heist as well.

The guard on duty at the museum at the time of the raid is due to inform police whether she recognizes the suspect.

Police studied seven minutes of CCTV footage before bringing the suspect in for questioning.

The thieves stole between 60 and 70 items from the museum.

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem vi kalendas martias

ante diem vi kalendas martias

  • Regifugium — a festival which didn’t really happen on “February 24″ but actually six days before the kalends of March, which was usually during a period of intercalation. Roman writers suggested this festival was a celebration of the expulsion of the Tarquins, although modern scholars have their doubts. Whatever the case, on this day the Rex Sacrorum would offer some sort of sacrifice in the Comitium and then run away as fast as he could …
  • 259 A.D. — martyrdom of Montanus and several companions at Carthage
  • 303 A.D. — edict of Galerius officially promoting the persecution of Christians (?)
  • 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Sergius in Cappadocia
  • 1463 — birth of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (usually described as a “Neoplatonist”)
  • 1999 — death of David Daube (author of Civil Disobedience in Antiquity, among numerous other works)