My spiders have clearly been wandering down interesting sideroads on the information super highway … they brought back an image from Wikicommons, and it turns out the whole mid-19th century book is online at the Posner Library. There is lots of text, but the ‘comics’ are really interesting and could spice up a lecture or two, I suspect:
My spiders brought back this interesting blog post about the Foulis brothers’ mid-eighteenth century edition of Homer’s works. Here’s a bit of a tease in medias res:
“Robert Foulis (1707-1776) and Andrew Foulis (1712-1775) were at the forefront of the print trade in 18th century Glasgow and they contributed greatly to the development of Enlightenment print culture in the city…The editions of the classics produced by the Foulis brothers were renowned for their textual accuracy and the beauty of their type. Their greatest publication achievement is said to be that of a folio edition of Homer (1756-58) which contemporaries recognised as a masterpiece of literary and typographical accuracy” (Young, John R. The Glasgow Story).
“The partnership of the Foulis brothers marked the most significant period for Glasgow in publishing and printing during the eighteenth century. They printed some 586 editions together during their active partnership, 1744–75, producing books at a rate which varied from nine in 1764 to forty-three in 1751, an average of almost seventeen a year. Their connections with the university formed the basis of their success, with works written or edited by Glasgow professors such as Francis Hutcheson, George Muirhead, James Moor, and William Leechman dominating the British authors, and classical texts required for studies in the college such as Cicero, Xenophon, Epictetus, and the poets of the Anacreonta, frequently reprinted or re-edited by the brothers…
Interesting that hot on the heels of the Carthage podcast we posted yesterday (scroll down a bit), that we get another one from ABC (Australia) Radio. In this case, they’re talking with Richard Miles, who is an ancient historian from the University of Sydney, and who has recently wordprocessed a tome called Carthage Must Be Destroyed. Here’s the official description:
Carthage was one of the great cities of the ancient world. It’s now a residential suburb of Tunis. but in its day it was a hugely important place, a great centre of trade comprehensively destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC. But what was it like to live in Carthage and how did urban life there compare with what was happening in its Italian rival city?
You can download or listen online here:
Rather than the usual tossing off of the phrase ‘tragedy’, this one actually applies the Poetics to Amy Winehouse’s death:
I posted this on Twitter last night, but there are probably a lot of non-Twitter folks who would be interested in this post at Ancient Digger: