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: