Joel Gwynn | 18 Apr 17:47 2014

My (semi) Original Epigram

I've been kicking around a few old quotes recently, and synthesized this
little progression:

Repetitio mater memoriae;
Memoria mater scientiae;
Scientia mater libertatis.

Not sophisticated, or completely original I'll admit, but you know the
saying about great artists :)


June Samaras | 18 Apr 05:20 2014

Fwd: [MGSA-L] Symposium Liturgical Space and Time in Byzantium

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From: Syrimis, George <george.syrimis <at>>
Date: 17 April 2014 15:11

 *Liturgical Space and Time in Byzantium*

*Robert Nelson,* “Patriarchal Lectionaries and the Liturgical Spaces of

*Stefano Parenti & Elena Velkovska,* “From Dawn to Dusk: How the Byzantines
Constructed Their Liturgy of the Hours”

*Nina Glibetic & Gabriel Radle,* “Liturgical Time in Periphery Spaces:
Adapted Cathedral Singing According to the Testimony of Early Euchologies”

*Vasileios Marinis, *“ ‘He Who Is at the Point of Death’: The Fate of the
Soul in Byzantine Art and Liturgy”

*Robert F. Taft, * “Through Their Own Eyes: Viewing the Invisible,
Describing the Ineffable, Explaining the Inexplicable: The ‘Byzantine
Synthesis’ as the Byzantines Saw It”

 Followed by a reception in the ISM Gallery of Sacred Arts |
exhibition page<>

      Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:45pm to 5:15pm

 Institute of Sacred Music (SDQ), ISM Great Hall See
409 Prospect St.
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June Samaras | 18 Apr 05:17 2014


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From: Syrimis, George <george.syrimis <at>>
Date: 17 April 2014 15:07

  *Yale University*

*The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations*


An international conference in commemoration of the centennial of the birth
of Franz Rosenthal


*Present State and Future Prospects of an Emerging Field*

April 25-27, 2014/211 Hall of Graduate Studies

*Friday, April 25*

*Morning. Introduction. *

9:30-10:15. Dimitri Gutas (Yale University) -Salutation and Introduction.
Graeco-Arabic Studies: From Amable Jourdain through Franz Rosenthal to the


10:15-11:30. Adam McCollum (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's
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June Samaras | 18 Apr 04:50 2014

Italian collector’s ‘private museum’ seized by police

Italian collector’s ‘private museum’ seized by police

Antiquities worth an estimated €150m were taken from a villa outside Rome

By Hannah McGivern. Web only
Published online: 11 April 2014

The villa in Lanuvio contained a vast collection of antiquities, many of
which were arranged in display cabinets
Italy’s financial police have seized hundreds of archaeological artefacts
from an art collector’s villa outside Rome.
The property in Lanuvio, south of the capital, contained a vast collection
of antiquities, many of which were arranged in display cabinets, the
Guardia di Finanza announced on Monday. This “small private museum”
included Roman columns, decorated marbles, fragments of mosaics and wall
paintings, terracotta and ceramic vases, ornamental friezes and coins.

Experts from the archaeological superintendency of the Lazio region have
catalogued the full trove. The most valuable artefacts are to be exhibited
at two local civic museums in Albano Laziale and Nemi.

The raid was part of an investigation into the collector’s activity between
Rome and Lanuvio, which concluded with four people charged for the illicit
possession of cultural heritage and state property.

The Italian Mediaset group described the collector as a retired financial
manager. It reports that the confiscated objects are together worth at
least €150m.
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June Samaras | 15 Apr 22:01 2014

Fwd: [MGSA-L] Princeton Hellenic Studies Class Presentation: April 22, 2014

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June Samaras | 15 Apr 00:39 2014

Hadrian & Greece <at> Tivoli’s Villa Adriana

Hadrian & Greece  <at>  Tivoli’s Villa

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 03:13 AM PDT

Over 50 masterpieces that show the relationship between the Emperor Hadrian
and Greece will be exhibited, many of them for the first time, in Italy
from April 9 until November 2 at Tivoli’s Villa
Adriana<> –
a site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The event is expected to coincide
with the semesters of Greece’s and Italy’s European Presidency in 2014 and
will be hosted in the villa’sAntiquarium del
The exhibited items are loans from museums in Athens, Marathon, Piraeus,
Corinth and Loukou.

exhibition is titled "Hadrian and
Villa Adriana  amid classicism and Hellenism" and curated by Elena Calandra
and Benedetta Adembri. Hadrian is an important figure in Greece, where he
is considered a visionary emperor who loved Athens. He is known for the
architectural masterpieces he built in the Greek capital, such as the arch
of Hadrian <>, the
library <> and the
Masterpieces travelling from Greece to be exhibited in Villa Adriana
include Corinth’s caryatids, Hadrian’s head from Athens, statues of
philosophers and the head of Herod Atticus, who was friends with the
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June Samaras | 15 Apr 00:19 2014

Putting Cyprus on the [archeological] map

Putting Cyprus on the map

Former director of the antiquities department Vassos Karageorghis looks
back at the remarkable achievements in archaeological research over the
last fifty years

CYPRUS’ independence in 1960 marked the beginning of a new era in
archaeological research on the island.

The antiquities law of 1935, which created the department of antiquities
and made the Cyprus Museum a government institution, ensured there was
considerable progress in protecting monuments and safeguarding moveable
antiquities, but the archaeology of Cyprus still remained a rather local

The lively interest and promotion of Cypriot cultural heritage generated
with the discoveries and publications of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition,
which excavated in many parts of the island from 1927 to 1931, had helped
provide a firm scholarly basis to Cypriot archaeology, but did not succeed
in developing it into an internationally acknowledged discipline.

The colonial government failed to build on the achievements of the Swedish
Cyprus Expedition.

The department of antiquities, headed by the British official AHS Megaw and
assisted by the Cypriot curator of the Cyprus Museum Porphyrios Dikaios,
had to bear all the administration of the new department – the preservation
of monuments, the creation and maintenance of museums, the organisation of
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June Samaras | 15 Apr 00:03 2014

How old is me Rome ?

Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought
As Italian capital approaches 2,767th birthday, excavation reveals wall
built long before official founding year of 753BC

John Hooper in Rome, Sunday 13 April 2014 17.38 BST

Rome may be older than its official birthday of 21 April 753BC when founded
by Romulus and Remus. Photograph: WestEnd61/Rex
It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archaeological findings
prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more ancient than believed until

Next week, the city will celebrate its official, 2,767th birthday.
According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus
and Remus founded the city on 21 April in the year 753BC.

But on Sunday it was reported that evidence of infrastructure building had
been found, dating from more than 100 years earlier. The daily Il Messagero
quoted Patrizia Fortini, the archaeologist responsible for the Forum, as
saying that a wall constructed well before the city's traditional founding
date had been unearthed.

The wall, made from blocks of volcanic tuff, appeared to have been built to
channel water from an aquifer under the Capitoline hill that flows into the
river Spino, a tributary of the Tiber. Around the wall, archaeologists
found pieces of ceramic pottery and remains of food.

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Paul Anderson | 12 Apr 12:51 2014

Ascaris suum

I've long had an interest in parasites, and recently ran across mention of ascaris suum. 

The genus is from Greek, "worm", but the suum is a little puzzling to me. "His own". Who is the antecedent
here? I haven't had much luck finding an explanation for the name with google. 

Any ideas?

Sent from my iPhone

Diana Wright | 12 Apr 01:36 2014

Nobody killed the liberal arts

Dan Tompkins on page 4, 15-17.


June Samaras | 11 Apr 06:02 2014


*From:* Gr Cul Protection
*Sent:* Wednesday, April 09, 2014 4:07 AM
*To:* Todorova, Maria N

  Dear Professor Todorova,

 in my capacity as a Greek  citizen , i would like to thank you for the
contribution to the history of Eastern and Southeastern  Europe highly
estimated to my country and wordwide.

I  am archaeologist and i am  writing to you on the following issue;

The economic turmoil is having a devastating effect on the country's rich
cultural heritage. The Ministry's of Culture budget has been cut by 50%
over the past 3 years. Greece has 210 archaeological museums, 250 organized
archaeological sites and 19.000 designated monuments and sites.
 As a result, a large number of cultural employees have been dismissed. The
State authorities can't implement any more projects concerning the
effective protection, conservation, and presentation of monuments and
sites. Research and excavations are being abandoned. Museums are closed or
shut down entire halls because of shortage of guards. Clandestine
excavations, pillage and illicit trafficking of cultural property increased
by 25% the past 3 years.

A group of Greeks who struggle for the protection of our cultural heritage
have created the site www.greekcultureprotection.comcomprising a voting
appeal to UNESCO to take appropriate measures for the protection of
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