Felix Dies Natalis, Roma!
- Daniel Mendelsohn and his father retrace the steps of Odysseus: “In the end, we never got to Ithaca—never followed “in the wake of Odysseus,” as the brochure for the cruise had promised; at least, not all the way to this most famous of literary destinations, Ithaca (Itháki in modern Greek), the small and rocky island of which Homer sings, and where Odysseus had his famously gratifying homecoming. We saw much that he had seen….” Look for the cameo by Haverford alumnus Brian Rose!
- Speaking of Brian Rose, he tackles the mystery of Atlantis in this new video on “Great Riddles in Archaeology, Atlantis: The Lost Continent?” by the Penn Museum.
- Emily Temple has thoughtfully put together a mix tape for Odysseus. [ed. don’t we call it a playlist now? I guess the archaism is appropriate]
- Latin Tattoos! Some clever, some… unfortunate: https://twitter.com/#!/LatTat
- Looking for some pleasant summer? Author Tom Holland (most recently of a history of early Islam) picks his 5 favorite treatments of the Fall of the Roman Empire.
- AppWatch: Grammaticus, brings searchable and browsable versions of Smyth’s Greek Grammar, Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar, and Goodwin’s Syntax of the Moods and Tenses of the Greek Verb for iPhone and iPad.
- Herodotus TruthWatch: Scientists from the RWTH Aachen University have found evidence that a tsunami struck Potidea in the fifth century BC. Herodotus observed that the Persian siege of Potidea was broken in 479 BC when the Persian army was overwhelmed by a large flood (Hdt. 8.129.1-3). Via Rogueclassicist, who has much more about ancient tsunamis.