Blogging Pompeii: News article: Pompei: imprenditori pronti a investire 300 milioni.
Latin for Addicts: Demonstrative Pronouns Iste et Is.
… or at least guys who like Classics and major social media? Check out this incipit of a piece from
In Russia, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces stiff competition for the role of number one news-making internet wunderkind. His name is Pavel Durov.
Durov, 27, is the founder and CEO of VKontakte (“In Contact”), a Russian social network most easily described as a Facebook clone. Started in 2006, VKontakte has closely mimicked the American trendsetter in terms of design and functionality. With a natively Russian-language interface and a marked disregard for copyright laws — users can freely share music and movies — VKontakte has won a large following among users younger and less sophisticated than those of Russian Facebook. As of April, it had 16.2 million Russian users every day, compared with Facebook’s 2.3 million, according to research firm TNS. [...]
… then later:
But it is Durov’s political activities, rather than his business dealings, that have put him in the spotlight. He has emerged as an unlikely star of the protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It all started in December, when the Federal Security Service demanded that VKontakte close down several anti-Putin groups on the site, claiming that they threatened state security. Durov responded with a cheeky tweet that included a picture of a hoodie-wearing German shepherd with its tongue sticking out. The groups remained operative. No reprisals followed, and Durov’s firmness earned him accolades in the blogosphere.
… which makes me immediately like this guy. Then it gets better:
Durov’s background and radical position play into the hands of Putin’s propaganda machine, which is doing its best to convince Russians that mass protests in Moscow and other big cities are the work of decadent intellectuals with no connection to the heartland and no regard for traditional national values. To Durov, the son of a prominent St. Petersburg classicist, contempt for these values comes easily, and he makes no secret of it.
- via: Mark Zuckerberg’s Alter Ego Makes Trouble in Russia (Bloomberg)
So I try to find out more about his father and I come to another page which includes:
Pavel Durov was born in St. Petersburg, but spent most of his childhood in Italy, in the city of Turin. His father Valery Durov (who holds a Ph. D. in Philology) was working there. He went to an Italian elementary school, and after returning to Russia attended the Academy Gymnasium in St. Petersburg.
After school, Durov followed in his father’s footsteps. He attended the philological department of St. Petersburg State University and was preparing to become a translator. While studying, he created an online-library for his fellow students to help them share books and notes. All of a sudden, his invention became popular all over the University. Encouraged by this success Durov expanded by launching a University forum. Maintaining and developing it, he came up with the concept of a student social network.
… so perhaps even the younger Durov might be considered a Classicist of some sort. So I guess now when people ask “What can you do with Classics?” we can respond “become a social media giant.” QED.
- 2012.05.50: Emanuela Zanda, Fighting Hydra-like Luxury: Sumptuary Regulation in the Roman Republic.
- 2012.05.49: Frank Scheppers, The Colon Hypothesis: Word Order, Discourse Segmentation and Discourse Coherence in Ancient Greek
- 2012.05.48: Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Luigi Lehnus, Susan Stephens, Brill’s Companion to Callimachus. Brill’s companions in classical studies.
- 2012.05.47: Christine Hamdoune, Vie, mort et poésie dans l’Afrique romaine: d’après un choix de Carmina Latina Epigraphica. Collection Latomus, 330.
- 2012.05.46: Poulheria Kyriakou, The Past in Aeschylus and Sophocles. Trends in classics – supplementary volumes, 11.
- 2012.05.45: Lâtife Summerer, Askold Ivantchik, Alexander von Kienlin, Kelainai-Apameia Kibotos: développement urbain dans le contexte anatolien. Actes du colloque international, Munich, 2-4 avril 2009 / Stadtentwicklung im anatolischen Kontext. Akten des internationalen Kolloquiums, München, 2.-4. April 2009. Kelainai, 1.
- 2012.05.44: Stéphane Ratti, Polémiques entre païens et chrétiens. Histoire.
- 2012.05.43: Nicholas Perrin, Jesus the Temple.
339 A.D. — death of Eusebius
Electric Archaeology: Digital Media for Learning and Research: Towards the computational study of the Roman economy: draft.
Bestiaria Latina Blog: Latin Without Latin: Croesus et Irus.
Classical Archaeology News: And now a break in our regularly-scheduled programming: help me….
[someone's getting some Greek ink!]
SCREEN PLAYS: Julius Caesar BBC Schools, 1960.
res gerendae: A Classicist in Verona.
Rome – The Imperial Fora: Archaeological News: ITALIA – EMERGENZA EMILIA / TERREMOTO: ‘INTERVENTO DEL DIRETTORE REGIONALE CARLA DI FRANCESCO, DOBBIAMO RIPETERE TUTTE LE VERIFICHE “OGGI NESSUN SOPRALLUOGO, SAREBBE TROPPO PERICOLOSO.’ MiBAC 29-30/05/2012..
[good place to get the news from Italy in regards to last week's earthquake]
This has been an aggravating post to get out … first of all, tip o’ the pileus to Richard Campbell for alerting us to this story early this a.m.; a pox on my slow internet connection which prevented me from writing while it was still fresh in my mind. Now I see the story popping up in my Twitter feed and it’s bugging me even more. The story seems to be breaking in Filmaker Magazine, which is a magazine devoted to independent film, in a blogpost with an extremely provocative title: DO ANCIENT ROMAN ARTIFACTS REVEAL THE WORLD’S FIRST MOTION PICTURE PROJECTOR?
After a brief intro to the thing, folks can watch a youtube video which is designed to promote/drum up funds for a project. Here’s the video (and it really should be watched in its entirety … and listen very carefully!):
If you listened carefully, there is a pile of stunning doublespeak about a ‘multimedia installation’ about a ‘speculative archaeological discovery in Zadar’ which ‘may be’ the world’s first cinema projector. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of the phrase ‘speculative archaeology’ before, so alarm bells should be going off. Immediately after telling us that archaeologists are divided about the Antikythera Mechanism (which suggests this guy doesn’t keep up with research) we are told that a coin found ‘nearby’ supports his claim (shades of some Talpiot Tombs, no?). So here’s the coin, supposedly, with one side which says Inventori Lucis (“to the contriver of light” … all pix can be clicked for larger versions):
… then they show a shiny new version:
I have never seen this phrase on a coin (not that that means much) but it’s worth mentioning that even Wikipedia mentions its existence not on a coin, but on a phalera (a ‘medal’, for want of a better term) dating stylistically to the Second Century A.D. (there is a reference there to an article by Guarducci, which I am not in a position to track down). The phrase does, of course, refer to Sol Invictus, who was popular among the military set. The other side of this ‘coin’ is similarly Sol-oriented:
… and the shiny new one:
Here we have a reference to Sol Indiges, whose title is pretty controversial as I mentioned years ago before this blogging thing was even thought of. As far as I know, the Sol Indiges thing was largely Republican and so having the ‘Sol Invictus’ on one side and ‘Sol Indiges’ on the other seems kind of strange. I will happily be disabused of this notion, but this medal doesn’t strike me as genuine.
In a similar category are the supposed painted glass panes which — we are led to believe — are Roman in date. Here’s a photo of one of them:
I’m sure I’m not the only person who watched this and said, “Hey, that looks just like that Primavera/Flora thing from Stabiae.” In case you’re wondering what I’m referring you, this should give you an ‘oh yeah’ moment:
The dress-off-the-right-shoulder clearly suggests that the ‘glass slide’ was either inspired by or derived from this one. It’s also salutary to point out that the glass slide seems to have a clear border all arond the outside. That’s a giveaway that it was meant either to go in a frame or some sort or that it actually is a Magic Lantern slide from the 1800s (tons of examples on eBay), if it isn’t actually a modern copy. Why would it be modern? Here’s a little quote from the video:
The installation will feature the original archaeological evidence from Zadar, all of which has been fabricated by me …
There’s more info to be had at the Ancient Cinema Project webpage, including more photos that aren’t screencaps. Of particular importance is a quote there which I don’t think is in the video:
Yet another archaeological mystery was recently discovered at a flea market in Zadar: oxidized piece of metal, a cache of hand-painted glass tablets (mostly shattered), a clay lamp, and an unusual coin with the Latin inscriptions “Sol Indiges” and “Inventori Lvcis”. These artifacts form the basis of the installation “Ancient Cinema,” a meta-historical reflection on archaeology and storytelling.
‘Meta-historical’ and ‘speculative archaeology’ with ‘fabricated evidence’. All based on items found at that place where provenance goes to die known as the flea market. Don’t eat that Elmer … there’s nothing ancient Roman here and the double speak being used to raise funds (after a Canada Council Grant ran out??? That’s my tax money!) borders on dishonesty.
[by the way, I am aware of the possibility of Aristotle knowing how the 'camera obscura' worked; this has nothing to do with that]
rĕ-pĕrĭo, repperi (less correctly reperi), rĕpertum,
4 perh., to procure), in gen., to find, meet with, either by searching or by accident—
Charlton T. Lewis (@LewisandShort) May 29, 2012
καινός, ή, όν, new, fresh—
Henry George Liddell (@LiddellandScott) May 29, 2012
Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents: Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents: CSAD Newsletter no. 15.
About.com Ancient / Classical History: Myth Monday – Rosy-Fingered Eos Loved a Mortal.
Mike Anderson’s Ancient History: Hellenism and Christianity.
Abnormal Interests: New Old Boundary Marker Found At Gezer.
Bestiaria Latina Blog: Latin Without Latin: Semper Pauper Eris.
Bestiaria Latina Blog: Disticha Round-Up: May 29.
Adrian Murdoch continues his look at the ‘shadow emperors’ with a guy whose name suggests he’s rather too sweet to be a ruthless Roman emperor:
- accoutrement (Merriam Webster)
- asperse (Dictionary.com)
- flagitious (Wordsmith)
- obnubilate (OED … great word)
- vastity (Worthless Word for the Day)
… a taste of latinitas: