Jest: Rules for Writing About Late Antiquity

From Adrian Murdoch’s Bread and Circuses blog comes this….

Some light relief for a Friday. Rules for writing about late antiquity. Feel free to send in any more:

• Anything that happened in Britain, happened in AD 410.

• Any Western coin hoard must contain half a dozen bronzes of Honorius and Arcadius.

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Syllabus of Activities

Week 1 (1.4): Introductions—Local Origins: Saturnine & Epitaphic Epigrams

Week 2 (9.11): Catullus, Neoteric (?), and Hellenistic Epigram

  • Latin: Catullus 69–91, Calvus 18 (Courtney p. 210)
    • If you don’t remember Calvus from the Catullus’ polymetrica, please take a look at Catull. 13, 50, and 53.
  • English: Greek Epigrams: Posidippus, Callimachus, and Posidonius (in Fain).
  • Scholarship: Livingstone-Nisbet, “Introduction: Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “The Inscriptional Beginnings of Literary Epigram” (2010), 1-47.
  • In-Classthe epigrams (?) of Cicero and Caesar.

The Antikythera Mechanism in the New Yorker

John Seabrook has penned a major article on the Antikythera Mechanism for the New Yorker. The incipit:

In October, 2005, a truck pulled up outside the National Archeological Museum in Athens, and workers began unloading an eight-ton X-ray machine that its designer, X-Te Systems of Great Britain, had dubbed the Bladerunner. Standing just inside the Nationa Museum’s basement was Tony Freeth, a sixty-year-old British mathematician and filmmaker watching as workers in white T-shirts wrestle the Range Rover-size machine through the door and up the ramp into th museum. Freeth was a member of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project—a multidisciplinary investigation into some fragments of an ancient mechanical device that were found at the turn of the last century after two thousand years in the Aegean Sea, and have long been one of the great mysteries of science…

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