Amo, Amas, Amat Wild Nothing

This one has been making the rounds as well and I’ve just had a chance to listen … the sound is very 1980s, kind of like Pet Shop Boys meets New Order … half way through, the voice conjugates amare (but pronounces ‘v’ as ‘v’) … still an interesting listen:

… reading though the comments I see folks mentioning Neoplatonism and the like, but I don’t quite see/hear it.

Socrates Bashing

I came across these a while ago … figured someone would want to read them. They’re a series about why Socratic philosophy is overrated by someone called ‘Richard in Japan’:

… not sure there’s anything ‘new’ here; seem to be some pretty standard criticisms.

Gregory Nagy Teaches ‘The Ancient Greek Hero’

… and you can learn at the feet, so to speak, of the master himself! Harvard is offering the course as a free Open Access thing at edX. Check out the details here:

… or head straight to registration here:

Studying Philip II’s Remains

Ages ago when I first started gathering news items and the like to share in various fora, I subscribed to the Athens News Agency feeds … as they were subscribed via a very old email address (which is basically a spamtrap now) I didn’t pay much attention to them any more but out of curiosity last week I was browsing through them and found this item, which does not seem to have made it into an English newspaper source:

A small portion of the skeleton of the ancient king Philip II of Macedon,
the father of Alexander the Great, is to be taken for testing to the
Demokritos National Centre for Scientific Research, Thessaloniki’s
Archaeological Museum announced on Wednesday.

The ancient king’s remains were found inside a golden larnax, or casket,
considered one of the most valuable objects of the ancient world, found
inside the main chamber of grave II at the Vergina archaeological site
in northern Greece.

The aim of the transfer is the microscopic examination, analysis and
photography of an unknown substance covering the bones, which has
also been found in other Macedonian tombs. This is the first time
this substance will be analysed to discover its chemical and mineral
composition, with the results are expected to yield valuable information
concerning the larnax corrosion processes and the ritual materials used
in that period.

A request for the transfer of the shards of bonds from the head of
the Vergina digs was approved by the Central Archaeological Council
on Tuesday.

… I guess I’ll have to monitor this source a bit more closely …

Zeus’ Affairs

This one was making the rounds last week in various places, so you might have seen it already, but if not, it’s definitely worth a look. It’s a visualization of Zeus’ Affairs (it’s actually a genealogy sort of thing) with the added value of tracking which source mentions what and when this or that story appears to have been popular … the instructions are a bit complicated, but it’s incredibly interesting:

Teaching Classical Languages ~ Fall 2012

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this interesting online journal from the CAMWS folks before, but the latest issue includes three very interesting articles (all pdfs):

… in case you want to peruse the back issues

Latin Not Tough Enough … and Should Be Taught in Every School

Oh oh … Facebook appears to have finally figured me out. This is the first time it has actually sent me a “Trending Article” that actually seems applicable to me … from the Independent:

Latin and Greek GCSEs have lost much of their “intellectual force” and should be replaced by tougher new O-level-style exams, say campaigners.

Students who take the subjects at Oxford receive lessons in basic grammar and syntax because their school education has been so lacking, according to the Parliament Street report. Too often, the report argues, the school syllabus is closer to studying classical civilisation than the language.

“There is (deliberately) no systematic learning of grammar and syntax and emphasis is laid on fast reading of a dramatic continuous story in made-up Latin which gives scope for looking at aspects of ancient life,” it adds. “GCSEs should be replaced by a modern version of the O-level that stretches pupils and does not hamstring them as at present.”

The pamphlet also argues that Latin should be a core part of the curriculum – rather than the preserve of independent and selective state grammar schools, “There is a substantial body of evidence that children who study Latin outperform their peers when it comes to reading, reading comprehension and vocabulary,” pamphlet author, John N Davie, said. Only 13 per cent of state secondary schools in the UK offer Latin.

… afraid I have to agree on the grammar and syntax part of things …

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

I seem to have missed a week …

  • 2012.12.26:  B. H. McLean, New Testament Greek: an Introduction.bmcr2
  • 2012.12.27:  Alexander Hollmann, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus’ Histories. Hellenic studies, 48.
  • 2012.12.28:  Alexis Oepen, Villa und christlicher Kult auf der Iberischen Halbinsel in Spätantike und Westgotenzeit. Spätantike – frühes Christentum – Byzanz. Reihe B, Studien und Perspektiven, Bd. 35.
  • 2012.12.29:  Daniela Dueck, Geography in Classical Antiquity. Key themes in ancient history.
  • 2012.12.30:  S. Morlet, L. Perrone, Eusèbe de Césarée. Histoire ecclésiastique. Commentaire, Tome 1: Études d’introduction. Anagôgê..
  • 2012.12.31:  Cinzia Arruzza, Les mésaventures de la théodicée: Plotin, Origène, Grégoire de Nysse. Nutrix, 6.
  • 2012.12.32:  Mario Baumann, Bilder schreiben: Virtuose Ekphrasis in Philostrats “Eikones”. Millennium Studies, Band 33.
  • 2012.12.33:  Dominic J. Unger, St. Irenaeus of Lyons: Against the Heresies (Book 2). Ancient Christian writers, 65.
  • 2012.12.34:  Doris Meyer, Philostorge et l’historiographie de l’Antiquité tardive / Philostorg im Kontext der spätantiken Geschichtsschreibung. Collegium Beatus Rhenanus, Bd 3.
  • 2012.12.35:  Clyde Pharr, John Wright, Paula Debnar, Homeric Greek: a Book for Beginners. Fourth edition.
  • 2012.12.36:  Beate Dignas, R. R. R. Smith, Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World.
  • 2012.12.37:  Sophie Collin Bouffier, Diodore d’Agyrion et l’histoire de la Sicile. Dialogues d’histoire ancienne supplément, 6.
  • 2012.12.38:  Gilbert Labbé​, L’affirmation de la puissance romaine en Judée (63 avant J.-C.-136 après J.-C.). Études anciennes. Série latine, 74​.
  • 2012.12.39:  Annette Harder, Callimachus: Aetia (2 vols.).
  • 2012.12.40:  Debra Hamel, The Mutilation of the Herms: Unpacking an Ancient Mystery.
  • 2012.12.41:  Giannis Stamatellos, Introduction to Presocratics: a Thematic Approach to Early Greek Philosophy with Key Readings.
  • 2012.12.42:  Roy K. Gibson, Ruth Morello, Reading the Letters of Pliny the Younger: an Introduction.
  • 2012.12.43:  Julien du Bouchet, Christophe Chandezon, Études sur Artémidore et l’interprétation des rêves, I. Rêves et société dans les civilisations du passé.
  • 2012.12.44:  Elisabeth Begemann, Schicksal als Argument: Ciceros Rede vom ‘fatum’ in der späten Republik. Potsdamer Altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge, Bd 37​.
  • 2012.12.45:  John Freely, The Flame of Miletus: The Birth Of Science In Ancient Greece (And How It Changed The World).
  • 2012.12.46:  Benjamin Acosta-Hughes, Christophe Cusset, Yannick Durbec, Didier Pralon, Homère revisité: parodie et humour dans les réécritures homériques. Institut des Sciences et des Techniques de l’ Antiquité.
  • 2012.12.47:  Katja Maria Vogt, Belief and Truth: a Skeptic Reading of Plato.
  • 2012.12.48:  Emmanuelle Jeunet-Mancy, Servius, Commentaire sur l’Enéide de Virgile. livre VI. Collection des universités de France. Série latine, 403.
  • 2012.12.49:  Lieven Danckaert, Latin Embedded Clauses: the Left Periphery. Linguistik aktuell / Linguistics today, 184.
  • 2012.12.50:  Mario Torelli, ΣΗΜΑΙΝΕΙΝ / Significare. Scritti vari di ermeneutica archeologica (a cura di Angela Sciarma) (2 vols.). Studia erudita, 15.
  • 2012.12.51:  L. B. Van der Meer, Etrusco Ritu, Case Studies in Etruscan Ritual Behavior. Monographs on Antiquity, 5.
  • 2012.12.52:  Gareth Schmeling, A Commentary on The Satyrica of Petronius.
  • 2012.12.53:  Joel E. Mann, Hippocrates, On the Art of Medicine. Studies in ancient medicine, 39.
  • 2012.12.54:  Marco Johannes Bartoldus, Palladius Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus: Welt und Wert spätrömischer Landwirtschaft.
  • 2012.12.55:  Mark Bradley, Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire. Classical presences.
  • 2012.12.56:  Thierry Petit, Oedipe et le Chérubin: les sphinx levantins, cypriotes et grecs comme gardiens d’Immortalité. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, 248.
  • 2012.12.57:  Dagmar Muchnová, Entre conjonction, connecteur et particule: le cas de επει en grec ancien. Étude syntaxique, sémantique et pragmatique. Acta Universitatis Carolinae: Philologica monographia, 163.
  • 2012.12.58:  Alessandro Garcea, Caesar’s De analogia. Edition, Translation, and Commentary.
  • 2012.12.59:  Alicia Walker, The Emperor and the World: Exotic Elements and the Imaging of Byzantine Imperial Power, Ninth to Thirteenth Centuries C.E.
  • 2012.12.60:  Irad Malkin, A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean. Greeks Overseas.
  • 2012.12.61:  Frédérique Woerther, Hermagoras. Fragments et témoignages. Collection des universités de France. Série grecque, 486.
  • 2012.12.62:  Nikos G. Charalabopoulos, Platonic Drama and its Ancient Reception. Cambridge classical studies.