A couple of petitions of interest have landed in my mailbox:

First, the news that is burning up the Classical blogosphere right now relates to the cancellation of the AP Latin Literature ... over at eNing Classics:

As many of you know, AP Latin Literature is being cancelled, although AP Vergil will remain in place for the immediate future. Please read the letter from the AP in the news section on the right and the letter from Ronnie Ancona in the Blog, and if you feel strongly about keeping the AP Latin Literature program alive and active in the United States, please add a comment to this post with your name and school affiliation attached. I will collect these in preparation for what is sure to be a counter-offensive by some of the leading lights in US Classics education. Thanks for adding your names to the list.

I believe you have to be a member to add your name to the list, but you'll be in good company!


Dear Friends,
We fell in love with Crete - its people and its landscape - 30+ years
ago. In that time we have seen many changes, some for the better some
for the worse.

As tourism becomes the mainstay of the Cretan economy, developments
are inevitable. Many are ugly, a shame but not a catastrophe. Others
may be beautiful but environmental and cultural disasters. The
current proposal for the Cavo Sidero golf resort falls in the latter
category. We know this area well because for the last two years we
have been conducting environmental and archaeological research there.
It is a museum of ancient field systems and settlements unique in
Crete. It is also home to endemic flora and fauna. The proposed golf
resort is ludicrous given the semi-desert climate and environment and
a travesty given the antiquities it will destroy and endemics it will

We have recently organized an online petition to protest the
construction of this golf resort. If you are in agreement, please
sign it and pass it on.


Please contact us if you are interested in more information on why we
are convinced this development is sadly misdirected.

The court case is now set for May 9th. Time is short.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jennifer Moody and Oliver Rackham
hogwildjam@mac.com or10001@cam.ac.uk
authors of The making of the Cretan landscape, 1996 / I Dimiourghia
tou Kritikou Topiou, 2004