Also Seen: Ass-Kicking Athletes of Antiquity

I’ve been meaning to mention this series by Karl Smallwood over at Man Cave Daily, which are written somewhat tongue-in-cheek and not with the historical accuracy/focus we might be used to. There are also images in the sidebars which might not sit well with some folks. Still, you might want to check out:

Minding the Bollocks?

Another interesting bit of synchronicity over the past few weeks has been some interest in Classical testicles (which is fun to say out loud) … first, in the latest issue of Rosetta, there was a study:

… meanwhile, there also came to my attention an interview with photographer Ingrid Berthon-Moine about her latest project, the topic of which can be gleaned from the title of the post:

… and more photos can be found at her website:

Which got me to thinking (and mentioned on twitter) … I wonder if this sort of thing is the sort of thing one could use to differentiate artists (like earlobes?) …

Classical Elements

If you’re looking to incorporate some Classical larnin’ into your science class or whatever, you might want to check out a couple of items by the Tribune-Review’s Wordguy Rob Kyff, who has had a couple of items on the origins of some of the names in the periodic table:

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ancient Rome … Actually, You Probably Did

As I embark on wading through the hundreds of items I have to catch up on, I figured we could all warm up by putting our pedantic hats on and watching this video, which just appeared yesterday:

Generally, it’s not bad, but number 2 and number 3 are rather silly (on Caesarian births (on which see here and here) and on the origins of the word ‘trivia’ (Wikipedia is good on this)) … so I guess 8 out of the 10 are okay (but there are quibbles with some of them as well)

Homeric Swimming a la Karl Lagerfeld?

I’ve been hemming and hawing about including this, but might as well … excerpts from the Telegraph:

If you have a penchant for Homeric poems, Chanel or swimming – or preferably all three, then book your summer break at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo where the eclectic trio have pooled for a mural-style installation.

Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel, was chosen by the hotel – which won “Best Hotel in the World 2010” – to create a unique poolside piece, named “Ulysses’ Journey around the Mediterranean Sea”, inspired by Homer’s epics: the Iliad and the Odyssey .


“We were not only thinking about Odyssey as a place to swim and tan, but rather as a living space.”


Lagerfeld’s bespoke installation is made up of twenty panels, measuring 18×3 metres, in which photos of models in togas are superimposed onto black and white images of Greek coastlines from 1850-60. The scenes are backlit by LEDs which change according to the surrounding natural lighting which adds to the intimate atmosphere and ambience.


… I was unable to find a better photo than the small one included with the original article … probably because my brain was still cringing from that toga reference …