Fool Moon Acropolis?

Freudian slip? Editorializing? Seen in passing in Kathimerini:

Officials said on Wednesday that the Acropolis, the most popular ancient monument in the Greek capital, will not open on the night of the August full moon following extensive damage to the site last year.

Fool moon night in August is the only time when archeological sites remain open after sunset.

The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) has given the green light for 60 monuments and museums to stay open on the night of August 13, but the ancient citadel at the heart of the old city is off the list this year.

The council said that poor visibility and the large number of visitors have over the previous years resulted in damages to the monument as well as injuries among visitors.

More than 15,000 people visited the Acropolis during the August full moon last year.

For the record, I don’t recall any reports of damage last year …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii nonas sextilis

ante diem iii nonas sextilis

  • supplicia canum — a ritual which was the ‘fallout’ from the story of the geese saving Rome from the Gauls; as punishment to the ‘watchdogs’ who didn’t bark, every year the Romans would crucify a dog
  • 8 A.D. — victory of the future emperor Tiberius at Illyricum
  • 178 A.D. — the emperor Marcus Aurelius and Commodus depart on their second campaign against the Germans
  • 1761 — death of Johann Matthias Gesner