2012 Bloggery in review (Rogueclassicism-related, not news-related)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 350,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

European Review Freebies on Ancient Medicine

This is another Cambridge Journals thing … the European Review has an issue on ancient medicine and the following are free (all the papers are pdf):

  • Heikki Solin, Was there a Medical School at Salerno in Roman Times?
  • Vivian Nutton, Galen and Roman Medicine: or can a Greek become a Latin?
  • Lola Ferre, The Jewish Contribution to the Transmission of the Classical Legacy
  • Gotthard Strohmaier, Arabic Medicine: Continuation of Greek Tradition and Innovation

… it seems easiest to access them here

Yet Another Retrial of Socrates

From Business Insider:

Despite the recent spate of gun violence to grip the city, some of Chicago’s top attorneys plan to spend their time arguing a 2,400-year-old free speech case.

Dan Webb of Winston and Strawn and Robert Clifford, the former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation will represent Socrates Jan. 31 in the Windy City while former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will represent the city of Athens, Greece, The ABA Journal reported Wednesday.

The Chicago lawyers are taking a stab at the trial and re-trying the case as part of a fundraiser for the National Hellenic Museum.

Socrates, a famed philosopher, was tried and executed in Athens in 399 B.C.E. after city leaders became upset with his teachings and the effect they were having on society, according to the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Officially, Socrates was charged with refusing to recognize the gods, introducing new divinities, and corrupting the youth.

Back in 2009, Cambridge University Professor Paul Cartledge decided the trial was legally justified and Socrates was guilty of the charges, The Telegraph reported at the time.

Judge Richard Posner, most famous for his ongoing criticism of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will preside over the trial, according to the Chicago Reader.

If you want to attend: Trial of Socrates

As can be seen in the article, this sort of thing has been done before. Here’s our previous coverage of such events:


Antikythera Shipwreck AIA Tease

USA Today has some hype for Brendan Foley’s AIA paper today, including this tantalizing paragraph:

[…] Along with vase-like amphora vessels, pottery shards and roof tiles, Foley says, the wreck also appears to have “dozens” of calcified objects resembling compacted boulders made out of hardened sand resting atop the amphorae on the sea bottom. Those boulders resemble the Antikythera mechanism before its recovery and restoration. In 2006, an X-ray tomography team reported that the mechanism contained at least 30 hand-cut bronze gears re-creating astronomical cycles useful in horoscopes and timing of the Olympic Games in the ancient world, the most elaborate mechanical device known from antiquity until the Middle Ages. “The (objects) may just be collections of bronze nails, but we won’t know until someone takes a look at them,” Foley says. […]

… would be nice if some of the twitterati gave this some coverage …