Bill Smith | 29 Oct 21:14 2014

Sale on Classics & Archaeology Books; B&B Smith Booksellers Closing

Ill-health and aging have led to my decision to close B&B Smith, Booksellers
after more than 30 years in the trade. I expect to have the process
completed by the end of this year.  As a first step, we offer a 25% discount
on all items in inventory, including the remaining titles from our recent
Autumn 2014 catalog.  Just enter the coupon code NBS222 when checking
out.  Usual shipping charges apply.  Note that large and heavy books will often require additional shipping
All books are subject to prior sale. This discount will remain in effect
through November 3, 2014.

I'll be consulting with our accountant and auction houses on how to proceed.
We may hold another sale in November or December, offer books in large lots,
or just go right to auction.  Anyone interested in purchasing large sections
of our inventory can expect a substantial discount.  It's probably best to
contact me by email.

If responding to this message, please be sure to write to mailto: bill <at>, not to the list.

All the best,

Bill Smith
B&B Smith, Booksellers
Books on the Ancient World
720 William Ave
Westminster MD 21157 USA
Telephone & Text messages: 410-871-1564
mailto: bill <at> 

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June Samaras | 29 Oct 20:53 2014


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Aris Alexandrou’s "Antigone" (1951): A Critique of the ‘Blank Pages on
which the Revolution Writes its Instructions'

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Wed., Oct. 29, 2014, 12 – 2:30 p.m.

This paper focuses on some of the Brechtian themes of Aris Alexandrou’s
“Antigone” and on the Greek author’s capacity for self-critique: the author
wrote an apparent review of his one and only play into the Civil War novel
that brought him literary fame, “To Kivotio:, or “The Mission Box” (1974).
Both Alexandrou’s self-critique and the Brechtian foci of his “Antigone”
illuminate the role of the committed play and, more broadly, deliver a
speculative proposition on the role of the engaged writer vis-à-vis the
dominant Greek political camps. The artist self-reflection set an inspiring
example in the aftermath of the Civil War through the Greek dictatorship of
1967-1974 and leaves a legacy of cultural criticism that has been ignored
for too long. Alexandrou was well ahead of his time with his characteristic
ideological reservations and constructive revisionism, which repeatedly
worked to his own detriment.

*Gazette Classification*: Humanities, Lecture
*Organization/Sponsor*: Program of Modern Greek Studies, Department of The
Classics, Harvard University
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June Samaras | 29 Oct 20:44 2014

A Roof over the Parthenon

A Roof over the Parthenon

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 04:29 AM PDT

approximately three years, the Parthenon will possess a roof. It will not
be the equivalent of the past glory, however archaeologists and technical
experts have agreed to continue the work which started during the ‘30s,
acquired a concrete form during the ‘50s and paused afterwards. The project
will cover the west part of the monument and is considered complex because
it requires sophisticated preparation works.

   - *Parthenon (virtually) revisited*

you wish to take a stroll around the Acropolis
<>and search
for…details, the website will do just that.
Virtual tours are very common and helpful for us to understand what it must
have been like in the past, but, at the same time, they offer the
opportunity to see some "hidden spots," not easily revealed during regular
guided tours.

Another website,, offers the same possibilities,
with information covering large historic periods spanning millennia
(Mycenaean civilization 1,600 BC - Ottoman rule Greece 1453-1821).


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June Samaras | 29 Oct 19:33 2014

40th Byzantine Studies Conference in Vancouver at SFU

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Maria Hamilton <mhamilton <at>>
Date: 29 October 2014 14:07

On November 6-9 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies
at Simon Fraser University and the Byzantine Studies Association of North
America will welcome scholars and interested laypersons to the 40th
Byzantine Studies Conference, held at the university's Vancouver campus.

The Byzantine Studies Conference was founded in 1975 and is the premier
venue in North America for the presentation and discussion of papers
embodying current research on all aspects of Byzantine history and culture.
Some 70 papers will be presented and discussed in Vancouver this year in a
relaxed but professional atmosphere.

In addition to the paper sessions, three receptions, and the annual
business lunch of the organization the 40th BSC will host a Keynote Address
by professor John F. Haldon of Pricenton University titled: “A shifting
‘environment’? Climate, land and politics from late Rome to middle

  for more information please go to:

Maria Hamilton, *M.A.*
Manager, Administrative & Academic Services | The Stavros Niarchos
Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies
Simon Fraser University | T:  778-782-5886 | C: 604-782-7576 | Fax:
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Joel Gwynn | 28 Oct 20:49 2014

Speaking of Wheelock's Latin

Just a note to let people know that I've released the iPhone version of my
app for Wheelock's Latin.  If you teach using Wheelock's, I'd appreciate it
if you could let your students know.  It's a great way to practice forms
and vocabulary.

Principium is the study aid specifically for Wheelock’s Latin, 7th Edition.
The app follows the text chapter by chapter, helping you to practice the
grammatical forms for the model words, as well as all of the vocabulary.
Macrons are optional, and macron entry is extremely simple: just enter a
capital letter. Principium also has a handy glossary of the entire
Wheelock’s vocabulary.

The free version allows you to try out the first five chapters, and the
full version is available for $9.99.

There is also an Android version which,
confusingly, has a different name.  Long story.


No Name Available | 28 Oct 13:47 2014

And so they came to hollow Lakedemon

Or as we cultists would say, "This is SPARTA!"

Greetings from Odos Lykourgou.


Laval Hunsucker | 28 Oct 13:27 2014

Classics => Library

Surprised (amazed?) that this news hasn't yet -- as far
as I can tell -- appeared on the list, I'll just broach
it myself :

"ASU names scholar, innovator O'Donnell as university librarian

Posted: October 27, 2014

. . .  [ etc. ]" --- see

Congrats, Jim ( and ASU ! ).

- Laval Hunsucker
  Breukelen a.d. Vecht, Nederland

Ralph Hancock | 28 Oct 01:29 2014

Does anyone use the new Unicode classical Greek system?

A couple of years ago on this list I asked a question about Unicode
classical Greek.

At this time the Unicode Consortium had just decreed that the usual
system of writing the letters with diacritics using symbols from the
1Fxx Classical Greek codepage was 'deprecated', that is, declared
obsolete. We were supposed to write with plain Greek letters followed
by zero width diacritics from the 03xx page.

I put up a sample of Greek written in this style. Here is another:

καὶ ἐρεῖς Τάδε λέγει κύριος Οὐαὶ ταῖς συρραπτούσαις
προσκεφάλαια ἐπὶ πάντα ἀγκῶνα χειρὸς καὶ ποιούσαις
ἐπιβόλαια ἐπὶ πᾶσαν κεφαλὴν πάσης ἡλικίας
τοῦ διαστρέφειν
ψυχάς· αἱ ψυχαὶ διεστράφησαν τοῦ λαοῦ μου,
καὶ ψυχὰς
καὶ ἐβεβήλουν με πρὸς τὸν λαόν μου ἕνεκεν
δρακὸς κριθῶν καὶ
ἕνεκεν κλασμάτων ἄρτου τοῦ ἀποκτεῖναι
ψυχάς, ἃς οὐκ ἔδει
ἀποθανεῖν, καὶ τοῦ περιποιήσασθαι ψυχάς, ἃς
οὐκ ἔδει
ζῆσαι, ἐν τῷ ἀποφθέγγεσθαι ὑμᾶς λαῷ
εἰσακούοντι μάταια
διὰ τοῦτο τάδε λέγει κύριος κύριος Ἰδοὺ
ἐγὼ ἐπὶ τὰ
προσκεφάλαια ὑμῶν, ἐφ̓ ἃ ὑμεῖς συστρέφετε
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June Samaras | 28 Oct 00:25 2014

Turkey’s “Burning Stone,” Explained

Turkey’s “Burning Stone,” Explained

Why dozens of small fires burn at Yanartas.

By Jim Festante

see the video at


June Samaras
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Canada L5M 2V1
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E-mail : june.samaras <at>

June Samaras | 26 Oct 05:17 2014

Ancient Greece: 4,000 Year-Old 'CD-ROM' Code Cracked

Have fun with the embedded  video as well - JS


Ancient Greece: 4,000 Year-Old 'CD-ROM' Code Cracked
Scientists unravelling mystery of the mysterious Minoan stone disk

   - [image: Fiona Keating]
   By Fiona Keating <>
   October 25, 2014 17:35 BST
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    [image: The Phaistos disk is the earliest form of printing in the world]

The Phaistos disk is the earliest form of printing in the world(Wikicommons)

A disk dating back to 1700BCE is finally revealing its secrets after being
decoded by scientists.

The mysterious Phaistos disk from the island of Crete - the first literate
civilisation in Europe – contains strange symbols in a spiral configuration.

For centuries, scientists have been baffled by the meaning of the tablet,
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DANIEL P. Tompkins | 25 Oct 17:14 2014

Re: Brief Encounter with Saul Alinsky: The Melian Dialogue

Here's a note I sent to others yesterday, possibly of interest in the
Reception vein. The Internets tell us Saul Alinsky majored in "archaeology"
at U of Chicago, which very likely meant, Greek and Roman (I'd appreciate
more info on that).  It was fascinating to see the Melian Dialogue pop up
in the discussion.


On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM, DANIEL P. Tompkins <pericles <at>>

> Saul Alinsky, the father of American community organizing, is regularly
> paraded as a villain by right wingers,  partly because Barack Obama had
> some connection with Alinsky's organizing tactics.  I've known of Alinsky
> since the '60s but had never spent much time on him.
> But out at Swarthmore College today, after a very good lecture on
> Thucydides by a Dutch scholar, Alinsky came up in the Q&A.  The scholar --
> Ineke Sluiter -- had distinguished value-based from interest-based
> arguments, insisting (with examples from ancient and modern Greece) that
> self-interest generally swayed audiences more than "values," noting several
> cases in which self-interest was used to disguise arguments that really
> concerned the speaker's values.
> A questioner mentioned Thucydides' Melian Dialogue, in which the Athenians
> impose their rule on the hapless, outnumbered citizens of Melos, using the
> phrase that intrigued political realist Hans Morgenthau: "The strong do
> what they can, the weak give in," δυνατὰ δὲ οἱ προύχοντες
πράσσουσι καὶ
> οἱ ἀσθενεῖς ξυγχωροῦσιν, 5.89.  But the questioner noted that Alinsky --
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