June Samaras | 25 Apr 04:24 2014

Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished


Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished

Ahmed Ragai Attiya says that the historic UNESCO site in South Sinai poses
a threat to Egypt's national security, after the monks turned it into 'a
place for foreigners'

Sherry El-Gergawi, Sunday 13 Apr 2014

A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's
historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks
deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security.

In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding
the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens
and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built
in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's

However, in an interview with private channel ONTV on Thursday, Attiya said
that he has now used the 71 orders to file an official demolition suit with
Ismailiya's Administrative Court against the monastery and 10 of the
Egyptian authorities concerned, including the president, ministers of
tourism and antiquities and the governor of South Sinai, where Saint
Catherine's is located.

In the same ONTV interview, Attiya levelled a host of accusations against
the monastery's monks, alleging that they have changed the names of
landmarks in the surrounding area and tried to hide an underground water
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Klooster, Jacqueline | 24 Apr 10:21 2014

CFP: Homer and the Good Ruler: The Reception of Homeric Epic as Princes' Mirror

Call for Papers for an International Conference at the University of Ghent, Belgium



Deadline for Abstracts (max 350 words): July 1st 2014 (Jacqueline.Klooster <at> Ugent.be)

Dear Colleagues,
We have the pleasure to invite contributions to an international conference organized by the Classics
Department at Ghent University (Belgium) on

Homer and the Good Ruler: The Reception of Homeric Epic as Princes' Mirror

Confirmed participants:

William Desmond (Maynooth), Irene de Jong (Amsterdam), Barbara Graziosi (Durham), Lawrence Kim
(Trinity University), Damien Nelis (Geneva), Filippomaria Pontani (Ca' Foscari)

One of the main themes of Homer's Iliad, as the ancient Greeks already recognized, is good government and
its opposite. But 'theOdyssey as well has much to do with the theme of kingship, more than is usually
acknowledged. We must bear in mind Odysseus' kingly status in order to appreciate the full resonances of
the portions of the poem in which he plays the beggar,' as Richard Martin observes (1984: 43). Agamemnon,
Achilles, Nestor, Odysseus, Hector and Priam: all of the Homeric heroes could serve as examples in bonam
and in malam partem for the ideal behavior of a ruler in different societies and at different times. Homer
was revered in antiquity as the ultimate authority on all things ethical and the great mirror of the
condition humaine, and was thus a fixture in the elite education of antiquity. Moreover, the great poetic
riches of Homeric epic ensured that Homer always remained on the curriculum of the political orator, and
hence statesman, since he provided examples of each rhetorical style.

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June Samaras | 23 Apr 04:29 2014

Anne Carson reading, Friday, April 25, 7 pm, HUM 133

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From: modgreek <at> sfsu.edu <modgreek <at> sfsu.edu>
Date: 22 April 2014 13:56

 The Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, in
cooperation with the Department of English at SFSU and the Friends of the
J. Paul Leonard Library extend this warm invitation to the campus and Bay
Area community at large:

MacArthur-award winner, classical scholar, poet and translator, Anne
Carson, who teaches Classics and Creative Writing at New York University,
will be doing a reading of her latest work.

Professor Carson is the author of the studies 'Eros the Bittersweet' and
'Economy of the Unlost', collections of poems, essays and short fiction,
'Short Talks,' 'Plainwater,' 'Glass, Irony and God,' 'Autobiography of
Red,' 'The Beauty of the Husband,' 'Men in the Off Hours,' 'NOX,' and 'Red
Doc>,' opera 'Decreation' and translations from the ancient Greek including
'If Not, Winter: Fragments by Sappho,' 'Grief Lessons: Four Plays by
Euripides' and "Antigonick' by Sophokles.    A frequent contributor to the
'London Review of Books' and 'The New Yorker,' she is widely considered to
be one of the world's most exciting and engaged poets.

The reading will take place on Friday, April 25, in the HUMANITIES
building, room 133 at 7 pm.

This reading is free and open to the public.

Please join us!

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Jean Alvares | 23 Apr 00:33 2014

Summer and Fall courses offered by the Department of Classics and General Humanities!

As we did last year, the Department of Classics and General Humanities 
at Montclair State University is offering a impressive array of summer 
courses, nearly all of them online.
We are especially proud to offer

GNHU320-­-91 (19627)Special TopicsinInterdisciplinaryHumanities: 

GNHU332-­-91 (11185) Special Topicsin Ancient History: Alexander the Great
GNHU/REG209-­-91(10617)Introduction toGreekand RomanReligion

Plus our usual offerings :  GNHU 115 (Troy and the Trojan War) , GNHU 
201 (General Humanities I), GNHU 202 (General Humanities II), GNHU 281 
(Greek Civilization), GNHU 282(Roman Civilization), GNHU 285 
(Mythology). We also offer Latin I and II online

You can see all our Summer and Fall courses at 

At http://www.montclair.edu/summer/   you can find out additional 
information about the registration process and fees. Even talented high 
school students can attend our calsses.

If you have any questions, or have problems registering for these 
courses, let me know. We can often help.

And if you are wondering what you can do with a Humanities degree, check 
out our flyer athttps://dl.dropbox.com/u/90558904/WHAT_CAN_GENHUM.PDF
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Terrence Lockyer | 22 Apr 03:47 2014

Navigating Cicero's First Catilinarian on Perseus

I had occasion to look up a specific sentence of this speech, which in the 
dual numeration of Clark's 1905 OCT falls in 1.12, or at the very end of 
1.29 (lines 16-8 on the unnumbered page headed IN L. CATILINAM ORATIO I, 
with "11 28" at top right, in my 1965 printing). In the online PHI 
collection, at


only the one numeration is used, and the sentence is at 1.29, line 15.

Now, on Perseus, if I navigate to the speech via "Collections / Texts" > 
"Greek and Roman", and then use the location box to enter the reference, I 
get in the Latin to this for "Cic. Catil. 1.29"


and in the English I get


In both, if I click the blue "right" arrow, I skip on to the start of 1.30 
(or 1.12.30, combining the numerations), omitting the large part of section 
29 that falls within chapter 12.

Precisely the same happens, for both Latin and English, if I use the blue 
"chapter" and "section" menu links down the right. They give me these pages:


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June Samaras | 21 Apr 20:30 2014




ON LINE AT  www.shakespearesbeehive.com.

Booksellers claim to have found Shakespeare's annotated dictionary
Date  April 21, 2014 - 5:16PM

If it's real, it's the literary find of the century. New York antiquarian
booksellers Daniel Wechsler and George Koppelman believe they have found
William Shakespeare's annotated dictionary.

The book itself is John Baret's An Alvearie or Quadruple Dictionarie,
published in 1580. It was listed on eBay in late April 2008. They placed a
bid of $US4300 and got it for $US4050. Wechsler is unequivocal, "only $250
separated us from never having had this experience."

We know that Shakespeare had an eye out for unusual words - but we have
only limited knowledge of where he went to find them.

Although unsigned, it contains thousands of annotations in a contemporary
hand that point directly to the composition of some of Shakespeare's best
known works, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and many of the sonnets.
Wechsler and Koppelman have spent the past six years making sense of the
annotations and building a case that it is Shakespeare's copy.

To cite but one phrase attributed to Shakespeare, which appears in Hamlet:

Gertrude: Your bedded haire, like life in excrements, Start up, and stand
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Thomas Talboy | 21 Apr 18:01 2014

book for review

*Digressus*, the Online Journal for the Classical World has received the
following for review.

   - Benjamin Eldon Stevens, *Silence in Catullus*. (UWP 2013)

Interested persons should email info <at> digressus.org and include a statement
of their qualifications to review.  Advanced postgraduate students are
welcome to review assuming a supervisor or established scholar will vet
their review.
*Digressus *is a fully refereed online journal. For information on
submitting an article or review, please visit www.digressus.org.

Thomas H. Talboy, PhD

June Samaras | 21 Apr 01:24 2014

Vision of Home: Returned Antiquities - Repatriated Works Back in Their Countries of Origin



Vision of Home: Returned Antiquities - Repatriated Works Back in Their
Countries of Origin

APRIL 17, 2014

AIDONE, Sicily — The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Morgantina sit high
on a hill in eastern Sicily. There are cherry trees, wildflowers and total
stillness, save for the sound of bird song. The area has long been sacred
to Persephone; legend has it that Hades pulled that goddess into the
underworld by a nearby lake.

It was here at Morgantina, just outside the modern town of Aidone, that in
the late 1970s or early 1980s, a breathtaking statue of a goddess, draped
in a windswept robe and standing over seven feet tall, is believed to have
been found. First thought to be Aphrodite and now widely considered to be
Persephone, the statue, which dates to about 425 B.C., has become one of
the most contested artworks in the world.

Its journey — from Sicily to the J. Paul Getty Museum in California and
eventually back to Sicily — offers a poignant window into the world of art

In recent years, museums across the United States and Europe have begun
returning objects to their countries of origin. Each case tells its own
story. While much attention has focused on the act of repatriation, The New
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DANIEL P. Tompkins | 20 Apr 17:58 2014

The Easter Bunny and Obamacare: both German!

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Odd casual reading this morning, as I sit down to work.  First, this
account (see below my signature), from Ezra Klein's new site vox.com, of
the origins of the Easter bunny (or *Oschter Haws* in German).  For
professionals, I can say that one good followup source is:

Myth and Symbol: The Rabbit in Medieval
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Claude K. Abraham<http://www.jstor.org.libproxy.temple.edu/action/doBasicSearch?Query=au%3A%22Claude+K.+Abraham%22&wc=on&fc=on>
Studies in Philology, Vol. 60, No. 4 (Oct., 1963), pp. 589-597

which refers the basic ancient sources linking hares / rabbits to
fertility, including Aristotle's Historia
to be reminded how rich and strange this text is):

The greater  part of wild animals bring forth once and once only in  the
year, except in the case of animals like the hare,  where the female can
become superfoetally<http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Superfoetation>impregnated

and Herodotus 3.108, who says that through the "forethought [*pronoia*] of
god," the hair is a *polygon * (not rectangular, but producing many
offspring):  timid animals, he says, bear many offspring, to offset their
vulnerability in the wild.  Abraham gives other sources, and Rosalind
 Thomas has a fine discussion (*Herodotus in Context* pp. 142ff, with
references to Hippocrates).

That is not the only German item, though.  Americans who read *Life *magazine
in 1956 may recall being terrorized by those ads -- sponsored by the
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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> yale.edu>
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<http://ism.yale.edu/event/exhibition-george-kordis-light-and-rhythm>

      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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