Ralph Hancock | 7 Oct 05:22 2015

Roman numerals (and Chinese Whispers)



June Samaras | 7 Oct 02:25 2015

Fwd: [MGSA-L] The Expect Labs Blog: A Venn Diagram illustrating overlaps between Greek, Cyrillic and Latin alphabets

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Date: 6 October 2015 at 20:16
The Expect Labs Blog: A Venn Diagram illustrating overlaps between Greek,
Cyrillic and Latin alphabets

For your visual enjoyment:


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Laval Hunsucker | 5 Oct 15:15 2015

The Athenian case

This just popped up today, and may be of interest to some here :


"Legal order: lessons from ancient Athens

By Federica Carugati, Gillian K. Hadfield, and Barry R. Weingast

October 5th 2015

How do large-scale societies achieve cooperation? Since Thomas Hobbes’
famous work, Leviathan (1651), social scientific treatments of the
problem of cooperation have assumed that living together without
killing one another requires an act of depersonalization in the form
of a transfer of individual powers to an all-powerful central

Cooperation without a third party enforcer, the theory holds, can
occur, but it is most likely to succeed when groups are sufficiently
small and/or sufficiently homogeneous (e.g. Ostrom, 1990; Ellickson,
1991; Bernstein, 1992; 2001; Hadfield and Weingast, 2012; 2013; 2014).
Contemporary, globalized, territorially extensive nation states appear
doomed to submit to national or global Leviathans (Tilly, 1992;
Fukuyama, 2011; 2014; Acemoglu and Robinson, 2012; Morris, 2014).

Hobbes’ predicament, restated by his 19th century successor, Max
Weber, still dominates the social sciences. Developed western
governments may consider themselves beyond Hobbes’ pessimistic view of
human nature and of the necessity of building a state that keeps
members of the community ‘in awe.’ Yet, the notion that centralization
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Mark Davidson | 5 Oct 09:57 2015

Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world

An excellent long article by Mary Beard, very balanced and nuanced.



June Samaras | 5 Oct 00:47 2015

FSupport the 'The 6th Revival of the Ancient Greek Nemean Games' campaign on Indiegogo

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There are two ways to help:
1. Contribute - even small contributions raise their popularity and give
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Diana Wright | 3 Oct 17:10 2015
June Samaras | 3 Oct 07:57 2015

Amphipolis mystery revealed

Amphipolis mystery revealed

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 02:34 AM PDT

The Tomb of Amphipolis <http://www.theamphipolistomb.com/> - one of the Top
10 discoveries of 2014 according to theArchaelogical Institute of America
<https://www.archaeological.org/>, and one that generated mounds of
speculation as to its identity and contents - was commissioned and financed
by Alexander the Great in honour of his beloved friend and general in his
army, Hephaestion
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hephaestion#cite_note-Curtius_3.12.16-3>, it
was revealed Wednesday September 30.

the course of a presentation at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
<https://www.auth.gr/en/node/19290>, "Searching Kasta Hill
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasta_Tomb>in Amphipolis 2012-2014", chief
archaeologist at the excavation Katerina Peristeri
<http://www.theamphipolistomb.com/team> described the new evidence and
insisted on her initial view that it is a memorial constructed at the end
of the 4thCentury BC.

According to Peristeri, the findings revealed that the tomb was designed by
architects Dinokrates or Stesikrates and erected at the end of the
4thcentury BC by Antigonus I Monophthalmus.

The archaeological team <http://www.theamphipolistomb.com/team> was able to
decode three inscriptions recently found in the area uncovering the
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C. M. Weimer | 3 Oct 05:29 2015

New Gilgamesh (tablet V)

I'm surprised this hasn't already made it to the list yet:

News: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/38631

Paper: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/wp-

First was new Sappho, and now new Gilgamesh — a good year for new old 

Chris Weimer

June Samaras | 3 Oct 04:50 2015

Digital “MappaMundi”


"Digital World Map Broadens Scope for Middle Ages Teaching and Research

Oct. 1, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — Online users can now travel back in time to the
medieval world by clicking through a collection of international
research on the first digital platform of its kind from The University
of Texas at Austin.

The Web portal known as “MappaMundi” — a Latin word meaning “world
map” — presents the world of 500-1500 A.D. on a modern platform
created by UT Libraries. It opens a gateway to the digital resources
collected through the Global Middle Ages Project, founded in 2007 by
Geraldine Heng, an associate professor of English and comparative
literature at UT Austin; and Susan Noakes, a French and Italian
professor at the University of Minnesota.

This digital world map highlights the increased research collaboration
among different disciplines on campus, which is essential to UT
Austin’s role as a premier research university.

It was launched Oct. 1 and can be found at globalmiddleages.org.

“MappaMundi breaks down the isolation of specialty sites devoted to
single subjects or geographic zones by offering a diversity of
projects,” Heng said. “It invites users to literally walk around our
virtual globe and see what the planetary past looked like, unbound by
the limitations of area studies and regional studies.”
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June Samaras | 3 Oct 04:47 2015

[tan} Mapping Greece’s trails with Google technolo gy


COMMUNITY 30.09.2015 : 18:48
Mapping Greece’s trails with Google technology

An interactive, innovative documentary where Greece’s countryside, hiking
trails and culture meet Google technology is on the way, according to
Stelios Mavrodontis, production manager and head of the four-member team
E4, who spoke to Kathimerini recently.

Through E4’s collaboration with Google’s Trekker program, the documentary’s
end result is set to be pretty impressive.

Two years ago, Google launched its Trekker loan program, which enables
explorers to borrow a special backpack mounted kit which includes the same
camera device found on Google Street View vehicles. This offers tourism
boards, nonprofit organizations, research organizations, universities and
others the opportunity to collect imagery from hard-to-reach places while
assisting Google in its efforts to provide panoramic views from ground
level of as many global locations as possible.

Greece was the 56th country to join the Google Street View project, in June
2014. In March this year, Street View’s platform was updated with a new
collection of images, Sven Tresp, Google Street View’s special collections
program manager, told Kathimerini. The goal, according to Tresp, is for
Google to give its users the chance to see places of historical and
cultural significance all over the world as if they were there themselves.
For the time being, three Greek destinations have been mapped out via
Trekker, and now the Meteora monastery complex, the Balos Lagoon on Crete
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June Samaras | 3 Oct 01:01 2015

Socrates in the Phaedo at Princeton

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Date: 2 October 2015 at 16:12


*Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies*


*Socrates in the P**haedo*

*Chloe Balla*

cballa <at> princeton.edu

University of Crete

Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies

Respondent:  Ben Morison, Philosophy

In the Phaedo Socrates uses the imagery of Euripus' tide as an illustration
of the state of confusion that people experience when they are unable to
choose between opposite but, at least to their own minds, equally
compelling arguments.  In the context of the Phaedo, the imagery is
supposed to apply to the situation in which the interlocutors find
themselves after Cebes attempts to counter Socrates arguments for the
immortality of the soul. The passage in which this imagery occurs, often
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