June Samaras | 22 Dec 19:07 2014

Lego Acropolis: Taking it Piece by Piece

Lego Acropolis: Taking it Piece by Piece

Posted: 22 Dec 2014 03:38 AM PST

The University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum offers the Acropolis Museum
 a Lego Acropolis
The model features the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the smaller
Erechtheion temple and the site's monumental gateway, the Propylaea.The
LEGO model displays
<http://sydney.edu.au/museums/exhibitions-events/lego-acropolis.shtml> the
Acropolis both as it was in the fifth century BC and today, as one of
Greece's most popular tourist attractions.

Captured in LEGO are some of the Acropolis' more famous visitors including
Pericles, Lord Elgin, Dame Agatha Christie, and even Elton John. Michael
Turner, senior curator at the Nicholson Museum, says the Acropolis Museum
emailed him" asking if it could borrow the model to attract younger
visitors. "

a largely sleepless night, I got back to the museum and said no, they
couldn't borrow it … we'd give it Nicholson Museum’s Greek collection
artefacts representative of the material culture of the Greek mainland,
islands and surrounding regions, from the Bronze Age through to the Late
Hellenistic period. to them."
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June Samaras | 21 Dec 07:53 2014

Archaeology and the media / Greece

News: Archaeology and the media / Greece


After the innumerous press releases about Amphipolis, the Greek Cultural
Ministry demands total control over media and the dissemination of
information relating to archaeological finds.-+Listen18 12 '14 13:27
Unfortunately, they aren’t joking…The recently issued circular by the
Cultural Ministry caused a furore
The circular recently issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
entitled “Information regarding the proper management of material
channelling to the Press,” has rightly caused a furore. The text was sent
to the directorates of Antiquities, Byzantine Monuments, Conservation of
Modern Monuments, Intangible Cultural Heritage etc., and to all state

The circular contains “guidelines about the management of disclosure to the
media of any kind of information relating to archaeological finds, work and
activities of the services attached to the General Directorate of
Antiquities and Cultural Heritage”, namely information relating to
archaeological data of archaeological sites, historical spaces, museums and
intangible cultural heritage. In brief, any information about current
developments in the cultural-academic landscape of Greece.

According to the circular “The dissemination of archaeological material to
the international, national or local media, or the Internet requires the
prior notification of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural
Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, with regard to the request
and the institution submitting it, in order that the relevant approval is
granted or not. Furthermore, the above mentioned material should not under
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DANIEL P. Tompkins | 20 Dec 19:19 2014

"Impact" of Classics?

Colleagues --

The UK "Research Excellence Framework" results are out, and I've been
digging around in the *Times Higher Education Supplement *[*THES *below]
website for results -- so many times that I've used up my quota, and can
dig no further.

One item that will lead to much contention is the rating of departments for
"impact," a category that produces some very odd-seeming results. Not only
departments but fields are ranked, and it is good to see this (from *THES*)

Classics, is the top non-science subject for impact, ranking eighth.

It looks as if institutions and departments write up their own submissions
on "Impact," and that aggressiveness in marketing may help. I say that not
because our field did well (deservedly, I believe) but because computer
science, which clearly has substantial impact, ranked very low  -- lower
than math and philosophy, it seems.

We're getting news that some institutions are gaming the system, e.g. by
hiring distinguished Americans on a part-time basis, thus adding their full
research output to the departmental list.  Chris Bertram comments on this
and my UK colleagues confirm that he's correct.

We're all familiar with the devices American institutions employ to game
 the *US News and World Report *surveys.  The UK example is more
consequential, since distribution of 27B euros  hinges on the outcome, so
the incentive to "game" is greater.  (As it is, institutions spent 47M
euros preparing their dossiers.)
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June Samaras | 19 Dec 04:15 2014

Ματιές στην πόλη: μεταξύ αρχ ιτεκτονικών & αρχαιολογικών προσ εγγίσεων_18_12_2014

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ekdiloseis EIE <ekdiloseis <at> eie.gr>
Date: 2014-12-17 7:59 GMT-05:00

Πρόγραμμα Μορφωτικών Εκδηλώσεων "Επιστήμης Κοινωνία"
 *α**΄ Κύκλος Ομιλιών*

*4* | *11* | *18* | *25 Νοεμβρίου * &   *2* | *9* | *16* | *18 Δεκεμβρίου

Ματιές στην πόλη:
*μεταξύ αρχιτεκτονικών και αρχαιολογικών προσεγγίσεων*

Ο κύκλος  περιλαμβάνει οκτώ θεματικές ενότητες &
διοργανώνεται από το
Ινστιτούτο Ιστορικών Ερευνών /
Τομέας  Ελληνικής & Ρωμαϊκής Αρχαιότητας, στο πλαίσιο
των Μορφωτικών
Εκδηλώσεων του ΕΙΕ,
"Επιστήμης Κοινωνία".

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June Samaras | 18 Dec 19:28 2014

Archives of Athens Olympic Games <at> Ancient Olympia

Archives of Athens Olympic Games  <at>  Ancient Olympia

Posted: 18 Dec 2014 04:26 AM PST

historical archives of the Organizing Committee of the "Athens 2004
<http://www.olympic.org/athens-2004-summer-olympics>" Olympic Games are now
being showcased in Ancient Olympia <http://www.olympia-greece.org/site.html>.
It is customary for these types of archives to be kept in Lausanne,
but theInternational
Olympic Committee <https://www.blogger.com/> (IOC) decided that the
non-profit organization "Historical Archives Athens 2004" be charged with
the custody and care of the archives in Greece, while the funding would be
provided by the IOC. The archives were presented by the Hellenic Olympic
Committee <http://www.hoc.gr/index.php?lang=en> and the International
Olympic Academy

The exhibition also provides room and facilities for study and research.
The archives include documents, videos, movies, photos and any material
related directly or indirectly to the organization of the 2004 Olympic
Games. The project started in May 2013 and was completed in June 2014.

See Also: 2004 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuJ_zTmToLs> *[VIDEO]* & Ancient Olympia
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akM50dlQrV0> *[VIDEO]*


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Brendan Gerard | 18 Dec 11:41 2014

accented Latin solution

Turns out that accented Latin is still in my system where it counts.  It seems not to be available when
composing an e-mail directly, but that is not so important. 

Revd Brendan Gerard M.A., S.S.L.
Kapellenweg 5 
D-88145 Opfenbach 
Tel + 49 8385 1625 
Mob. + 49 151 54952896  



Brendan Gerard | 18 Dec 11:24 2014

accented Latin alphabet characters

Since my browser was out of date I have updated my Mac to Yosemite 10.10. I have discovered to my dismay that
the Special Characters function has changed. The accented Latin characters seem to have disappeared,
replaced by
an abundance of stupid emoticons. Since I work in several languages, the easy ability to select, say, a U
with Umlaut one minute or an E with circumflex the next is absolutely essential. 

Has anyone else has had this problem, and knows if there are any convenient downloads that can replace my
much missed Accented Latin?


Revd Brendan Gerard M.A., S.S.L.
Kapellenweg 5 
D-88145 Opfenbach 
Tel + 49 8385 1625 
Mob. + 49 151 54952896  



June Samaras | 18 Dec 06:57 2014

Ancient Athens shows what your business can expect from the 3D printing revolution

Ancient Athens shows what your business can expect from the 3D printing


Published 17 December 2014 14:47, Updated 18 December 2014 05:51
Peter Acton

Ancient Athens shows what your business can expect from the 3D printing
High Priestess Ino Menegaki lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera
in Greece, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. The “varied freelance
lifestyle” of ancient Athenian artisans allowed them to keep the home fires
burning too.

After two or three centuries during which manufacturing consolidated into
larger and larger enterprises, technology is restoring opportunities for
the lone craftsman making things at home, with extraordinary consequences
for careers and lifestyles. The powerful trends toward making things
oneself and choosing freelance careers over full-time employment recreate
some of the economic and social dynamics of Athens between 500 and 300
B.C., and pose important challenges to businesses and to society. If we
understand the forces behind the changes in industry structure since those
times, we will have a better sense of how and why those dynamics are
reversing and what that might mean for our daily lives.

To build a large business, you have to win more volume than others in a
competitive marketplace; this means having an advantage your competitors
cannot match. For a competitive advantage to be of value, it must be
manifested in one of the elements of return on capital: revenues, costs or
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DANIEL P. Tompkins | 18 Dec 04:33 2014

"The Interview" and "Julius Caesar"

News about the now-cancelled Sony film
just as I read the section on Shakespeare's play in Maria Wyke's
admirable *Caesar
in the USA *(Cal: 2012).  Wyke, competently and engagingly, probes the ways
in which the text has intersected with  American experience, particularly
in Orson Welles' 1937 Mercury Theater production and in the 1953 film. On
p. 157 we find this, which not even the folks at Sony tried (it would have
been interesting if they had):

Perhaps somewhat ill-advisedly, an MGM press book ... suggested to its
readership pf regional theater managers that, as a publicity stunt, they
should hire newsboys to distribute the tabloid* around town while
attracting customers with cries of "Assassination in the Senate!"

*A fabricated newspaper reporting the assassination.

Dan Tompkins

June Samaras | 17 Dec 04:29 2014

Hellenes & Hannukah

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Judith Hallett | 15 Dec 23:13 2014

[CAASMembers] UPDATE: Call for Papers: Fall 2015 meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Wilmington DE October 8-10

>  UPDATE: The links for submissions you will find on the page of the 
> CAAS website will be available online in early January.
>>> The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
>>> Call for Papers: 2015 Annual Meeting, October 8-10, 2015
>>> Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware
>>> We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the 
>>> classical world and classical reception, and on new strategies and 
>>> resources for improved teaching. Especially welcome are 
>>> presentations that aim at maximum audience participation and 
>>> integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, and that 
>>> consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome outside 
>>> of our discipline and profession. We are hoping to include an 
>>> undergraduate research session featuring presentations based on 
>>> outstanding term papers, senior theses or other scholarly projects.
>>> All submitters and all Program participants must be current members 
>>> of CAAS. Participants in the 2015 Annual Meeting must be members 
>>> when they submit proposals and must renew their memberships for 
>>> 2015-2016 (The membership year is September 1-August 31).
>>> All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically, using 
>>> the online forms that are linked to this page.
>>> Panel/Workshop submissions: panels or workshops may be 1 ½ or 2 
>>> hours in length, depending on the number of presenters. Submissions 
>>> must include:
>>> *a single Word 97-2003 (.doc or .rtf or .txt—NOT .docx) file of no 
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