Sorry … lots of questions tonight (I’m poking around a forum written largely in Arabic and Google translate isn’t being helpful) … has anyone seen this before and/or know where it might be (possibly in Turkey)?
Day: September 29, 2012
Has This Inscription Been Published?
Does anyone know if this inscription has been published (I’m trying to figure out if this is a new find that hasn’t been reported or is something that has long been known):
Meteorite Worship in the Greco-Roman World
My Explorator email box is slowly filling up with a much-publicized story about the recovery of a Tibetan statue made of meteoric iron which was discovered by the Nazis and is quite interesting (see, e.g., PhysOrg’s coverage: Buddhist statue, discovered by Nazi expedition, is made of meteorite, new study reveals) … of course, plenty of Classics/Art History types were immediately reminded of the Magna Mater (as were Terrence Lockyer and Hasan Niyazi on Twitter), and so I piped up with mention of this very interesting article:
- McBeath, A. & Gheorghe, A. D., “Meteor Beliefs Project: Meteorite worship in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds” WGN, Journal of the International Meteor Organization, vol. 33, no. 5, p. 135-144
Keep Calm and Carry On
So last night I was wondering why departments aren’t festooned with posters like this and/or students sporting the latest memeish Ovidian attire:
… just in case someone searches for “Keep Calm and Carry On” in Latin; we Classics types were keeping calm and carrying on since the fall of the Republic or thereabouts … the full quotation is
perfer et obdura! dolor hic tibi proderit olim; saepe tulit lassis sucus amarus opem (Ovid, Amores 3.11a.7-8 (from the Latin Library … can’t seem to find it in Perseus) or perfer et obdura; multo graviora tulisti (Tristia, 5.11.7) … created with the Keep Calm-o-matic …