THIS DAY IN ANCIENT HISTORY
ante diem vi idus junias
215 B.C. -- dedication of the Temple of Mens (and associated rites thereafter)
17 B.C.. -- ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 4)
68 A.D. -- recognition of Galba as emperor in Rome (?)
86 A.D. -- ludi Capitolini (day 3)
204 A.D. -- ludi Latini et Graeci honorarii (day 5) [I need more info on this one]
1768 -- death of Johann Winckelmann
CHATTER: Six Degrees of Separation or Something
Well, since it is such a slow news day, here's something I find kind of interesting. As a blog owner, I regularly check a service called Technorati, to see which other blogs are linking to rogueclassicism. One that appeared in the past while is something called ccs178 which I tarried at the other day to try and figure out its focus (awk!). I didn't quite do that, but a link there sent me to an item in the Amazing Randi's newsletter (Swift) which, as someone who is familiar with AR might suspect, is devoted to debunking hoaxes. The item is supposedly the archaeological excavation of a giant -- with photographic 'proof' -- which was treated with all seriousness by some news (religious) sources. To its credit, the article has links to the original photo (of the excavation of a mastodon), which has obviously been altered.
So, what does this have to do with rogueclassicism? Well, as some folks might be aware (or soon will be more aware), one of the things I love to do is play with Photoshop myself and I teach it to my Grade Sevens and Eights (when I can!). Because of that, a few months ago I found myself at worth1000.com, which sponsors regular contests using Photoshop to alter photographs. What the Amazing Randi hasn't picked up on is that this photo was actually an entry in their second "Archaeological Anomalies" contest. Visit the page and look at some of the stuff ... definitely something there to liven up a class (more giants, too!). Their third and fourth contests with the same theme are also worth a look (the first contest has been archived). But what initially drew me to this site was a how to article which arose from that now-archived first contest -- a photo of the excavation of a centaur. Check this out ... it includes a photo, of course.
All this brings me to an item I originally clipped from Cronaca ages ago, but filed away documenting a centaur burial (!) and a showcase of centaur scholarship. There ... that should make up for the lack of other news items this a.m.
BLOGWATCH: Classics in Contemporary Culture
This is more of a reminder than anything else ... rogueclassicism isn't alone in scouring the enews-waves for evidence of Classical culture seeping into journalists' collective psyches. Classics in Contemporary Culture does a fine job of the same thing, and with remarkably little overlap (I've never quite figured out how we manage that ...). Worth a visit ...
BLOGWATCH @ HobbyBlog
The coin collection continues to be posted at HobbyBlog ... the past week features a few interesting coins, including an Athenian Owl, another Mariniana ascending to heaven on a peacock, and an image of the divinity Men, among other things. Always worth a look.
NUNTII: Amphitheatre in Aix
From Ionarts (via Cronaca) comes news (and a translation of a now-archived Le Figaro article) on the discovery of a Roman amphitheatre in Aix-en-Provence. There are a couple of links to other French sources as well ... why doesn't something like this make it into the English-reading press?
wow ... slow news day ...
AWOTV: On TV Today
7.00 p.m. |HINT|Masada: The Last Fortress
8.00 p.m. |HISTC| Atlantis
9.00 p.m. |HISTC|The Phoenicians
12.00 a.m. |HISTC| Greece:Journey of the Gods