THIS DAY IN ANCIENT HISTORY
ante diem xviii kalendas quinctilias
ARTICLE: Location and Dating of Atlantis
In case you missed yesterday's Explorator, Rainer Kuhne's article in which he argues for a Spanish location for Atlantis based largely on aerial photos, is available in the 'Project Gallery' section of the journal Antiquity.
Note in passing: as I drifted off to sleep last night, I thought of the photo of the purported site as presented in the BBC article on this; the two rectangular structures which are supposedly the remains of temples certainly aren't oriented as ancient temples would have been ...
CHATTER: New Beastie Boys Album
ClassCon noses its way into pop culture again ... from Newsday we learn of the new Beastie Boys album, described inter alia thusly:
We'll see how far that one permeates the popular lingo. Sounds to me like it will have legs ...
CHATTER: Classics and 'Demand'
A piece in the Glasgow Herald begins promisingly:
... which is something that I'm greatly in favour of myself. Later, however:
I'm becoming convinced that this word "demand" has become one of the most over- and vaguely-used terms in education. What, precisely, is "demand" as it applies to education? Surely it doesn't come from the students -- near as I can tell, there is no "demand" for mathematics amongst most of them. Similarly, I don't think it comes from parents, a good chunk of whom clearly have no opinion about music, art, and drama being in the curriculum. I've also never heard of folks beating down the doors to "demand" their kids be given "guidance" or "family studies" or any of those other postmodern subjects. Of course, what they really mean is "enrollment", which is a different animal entirely ... Laptops for Latin ...
NUNTII: Who is Buried in St. Mark's Tomb? Alexander?????
The cynical among us immediately think this item -- from the Independent -- must be the beginning of the major hype about the Alexander flick (we'll see how much attention the story gets). According to "a respected authority", the tomb of St. Mark in Venice contains the body of Alexander the Great:
We'll have to wait to see how this one plays out ... Chugg has published in scholarly journals on similar subjects (e.g. The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great? in Greece and Rome 49.1 (2002)).
AWOTV: On TV Today
... nothing of interest ...