Latest update: 11/1/2004; 4:39:44 AM
quidquid bene dictum est ab ullo, meum est ~ Seneca
~ This Day in Ancient History

pridie nonas octobres

  • ludi Augustales scaenici (day 2 -- from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.)
  • ludi Augustales scaenici (day 4 -- from 19-23 A.D.)
  • 105 B.C. -- the Cimbri inflict a massive defeat on Roman legions at Arausio
  • 175 A.D. -- martyrdom of Sagar in Phrygia
  • 1962 -- birth of the rogueclassicist

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:43:07 AM::

~ Father Foster

This week Father Foster talks about his summer vacation ... some really useful vocab in this one for Latin teachers ... Latin teachers might also be interested in Father Foster's opinions on current trends in Latin instruction (which actually echo something I told my wife (a French teacher) about French instruction recently).

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:29:21 AM::

~ APA Election Results

From the APA site come the results of this summer's elections:

Jenny Strauss Clay

Vice President, Professional Matters
David Konstan

Vice President, Research
Jeffrey J. Henderson

Members, Board of Directors
Sally R. Davis, Susan C. Shelmerdine

Education Committee Member
Terence O. Tunberg

Goodwin Award Committee Member
Richard P. Martin

Nominating Committee Members
Mary-Kay Gamel,  Mark Griffith

Program Committee Members
Kathryn A. Morgan,  David Sider

Professional Matters Committee Member
Susan Ford Wiltshire

Publications Committee Member 
Anthony Corbeill

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:25:53 AM::

~ Comparative Latin Grammar

Sauvage Noble points to Michael Weiss' Outline of the Comparative Grammar of Latin, a series of 41 lessons in .pdf ... worth a look/download (scroll down past the photo).

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:17:57 AM::

~ Another Classics Blog

I just stumbled upon another blog by a Classicist ... Stanford's Michael Shanks, who is a Classical archaeologist and also appears to do 'cultural and social anthropology' (which makes his having a blog 'natural'). Anyhoo ... his blog wanders over a wide range of items, mostly archaeological ... worth a look.

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 5:05:10 AM::

~ Rabbits and Carpathia

Folks are probably aware of the ecological disaster wrought upon Australia by the introduction of bunnies in the mid-19th century (or, perhaps, have seen in parodied in the Simpsons when Bart introduced a large bullfrog). Over at Laudator, MG has a short item which suggests Carpathia underwent a similar disaster ... useful to file away.

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 4:55:38 AM::

~ Glassmaking in Roman Times's Archaeology Guide Kris Hirst featured this one yesterday ... Glassmaking in Roman Times is a UPenn Museum site which doesn't have so much glass displayed, per se, but has an excellent overview of its production.

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 4:52:16 AM::

~ Quote of the Moment

From the Washington Times:

Which makes you wonder what exactly Mr. Kerry is trying to say. He has recently tied himself to a position on Iraq, like Odysseus lashed to the mast, in order to resist the siren song of temptation to change his mind again.

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 4:46:06 AM::

~ AWOTV: On TV Today

8.00 p.m. |HINT| Pompeii: A City Rediscovered
On August 24, in the year 79 AD, the apocalyptic eruption of Vesuvius relegated the memory of the wealthy Roman city of Pompeii to the realms of legend and myth. Take a virtual tour of this vital and fantastic ancient city as we explore its mysteries. Now, new excavations, sound scientific evidence, and extraordinary computer graphics recreate the magnificent city and the cataclysmic eruption that silenced its inhabitants.
8.30 p.m. |HINT| Glorious Rome: Capitol of the Empire
Art, aesthetics, literature, theater, law, city planning: These are just a few of the debts owed by Western civilization to Rome, the glorious capital of the greatest and most powerful empire that the world has ever known. Take a tour of this vast metropolis as it was during its peak, and see it through the eyes of the Roman citizens of the time. State-of-the-art technology, coupled with enhanced 3-D graphics, allows viewers to explore the architectural treasures as only the Romans could.

10.30 p.m. |HINT| Athens: Western Splendor
Discover why Athens became the preeminent city during the Golden Age of Greece on this virtual tour of the cradle of Western civilization. Travel back to the time of Pericles, the noble statesman who led the revolution that touched all fields of knowledge. We visit the amphitheaters that were home to the famous tragedies of the day, tour the site of the ancient Olympic Games, and see the ornate temples of the Gods, including a bird's eye view of the architectural masterpiece of its day--the Acropolis.
11.00 p.m. |HINT| A Place to Call Eturia
Go on a journey to the ancient cities Volterra, Populonia, and Cervetari, and see why Etruscan civilization was famous for its extravagant wealth, fine ceramics, handicrafts, and bustling trade, and how it was all lost in battles with the Greek colonies in southern Italy. Experience the cutting edge of archaeological exploration as we take viewers on a virtual tour of these ancient sites. 

HINT = History International

::Wednesday, October 06, 2004 4:23:34 AM::

1. n. an abnormal state or condition resulting from the forced migration from a lengthy Classical education into a profoundly unClassical world; 2. n. a blog about Ancient Greece and Rome compiled by one so afflicted (v. "rogueclassicist"); 3. n. a Classics blog.

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