June Samaras | 1 Dec 04:14 2007
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Greece hopes tougher legislation will stop illegal trafficking in antiquities

Greece hopes tougher legislation will stop illegal trafficking in antiquities
(c) AP
2007-11-29 16:21:23 -

http://www.pr-inside.com/greece-hopes-tougher-legislation-will-r324004.htm

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Greek government on Thursday revealed the
details of a draft law it hopes will choke off the lucrative
plundering of its antiquities.
The bill, which is to be submitted to parliament in January, calls for
the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle cases involving
illicit antiquities trading. It also
outlines steps for better policing of ancient sites and calls for the
application of Greek law even in cases where the alleged crimes took
place abroad.

Despite existing laws against the possession, purchase, sale and
unearthing of antiquities, Greece's archaeological sites have
increasingly come under assault by plunderers carrying out illegal
digs and selling their finds abroad.

Culture Minister Michalis Liapis said antiquities trafficking has
grown in recent years by «enormous dimensions,» becoming the third
most lucrative illegal trade after arms smuggling and drug
trafficking. Liapis stressed that drastic measures were needed.

«The illegal trade in antiquities is a very serious matter for our
country. It is a top priority for my ministry,» Liapis said.

The proposed law aims to create better databases of Greece's cultural
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Mata Kimasitayo | 1 Dec 09:20 2007
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[Not Exactly Classical ...] Norman Mailer by Demetre Anastasopoulou | 12. 11. 2007 | Eleytherotypia

http://www.enet.gr/online/online_text/c=113,id=56595336

ΝΟΡΜΑΝ ΜΕΪΛΕΡ 1923-2007

Μεγάλος συγγραφέας με τεράστιο «εγώ»

Του ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ

«Ενα μυθιστόρημα, το οποίο θα τρελαίνονταν να
διαβάσουν ο Ντοστογέφσκι και ο
Μαρξ, ο Τζόις και ο Φρόιντ, ο Σταντάλ, ο Τολστόι, ο Προυστ
και ο Σπένγκλερ,
ο Φόκνερ ακόμα και αυτός ο γερο-μούχλας, ο Χεμινγουέι.
Ενα μυθιστόρημα που
θα υποδέχονταν όλοι ως το Μεγάλο Βιβλίο, το Καλύτερο Αμερικανικό
Μυθιστόρημα, που θα τάραζε την ψυχή και το σώμα του
αμερικανικού έθνους και
θα άλλαζε τη συνείδηση των καιρών». Αυτήν ήταν η
φιλοδοξία του Νόρμαν
Μέιλερ, ακόμα και στο κρεβάτι τού νοσοκομείου πριν
πεθάνει, το Σάββατο το
βράδυ στα 84 χρόνια του, από νεφρική ανεπάρκεια ύστερα
από εγχείρηση στους
πνεύμονες.

«Ενα μυθιστόρημα που θα τρελαίνονταν να διαβάσουν οι
Ντοστογιέφσκι, Τζόις,
Σταντάλ, Προυστ, ακόμα και ο γερο-μούχλας ο
Χεμινγουέι», ονειρευόταν να
γράψει ο Νόρμαν Μέιλερ. Μάλλον δεν τα κατάφερε [picture at
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Terrence Lockyer | 1 Dec 11:58 2007
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Re: Argonautica again

And let me add my voice to Bob Bethune's in favour of
Anne Mahoney's policy of using multiple translations.

When it comes to Apollonios Rhodios, this is especially
easy to do, because Seaton's Loeb translation is
readily available on the web.  You can find an HTML
version at the On-line Medieval and Classical Library

http://omacl.org/Argonautica/

and two differently formatted PDF versions from Penn
State at

http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/ApolloRh.htm

Oddly, this text, which has been around the web for at
least a decade, is not yet on Project Gutenberg (or at
least I couldn't locate it there).

By the way, while I'm talking of translations available
on the web, it would also be useful if someone could
find and digitize a copy of the old Bohn's Library
version by E. P. Coleridge, which I understand is also
out of copyright.

Terrence Lockyer
Johannesburg, South Africa

John M. McMahon | 1 Dec 13:17 2007

TAN ... but interesting: Bird song survey

I know that this far from Classics per se -- but it's also a pretty nice
participatory project for looking at one specific aspect of the intersection
between humans and the natural world.

BBC 11/29/07:

"Study makes noises on bird song"

"A £200,000 study into what happens when people hear birdsong is taking off.

Researchers at Aberdeen University will spend two years listening to birds
to find out how their songs, calls and cries become a part of people's
lives.

'Listening to birds: an anthropological approach to bird sounds' has
received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The team is keen to hear from anyone interested in birds from across Britain
and throughout the world."

[snip]

"Dr Andrew Whitehouse, the project's lead researcher, said: 'We are
interested in understanding how people come to focus on particular sounds
and how they develop the skill of identifying songs and calls.

'We also intend to explore how bird sounds evoke time, place and season and
how people experience and draw upon bird sounds in science, art, music and
their everyday lives.'"

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Dr Rudolph Masciantonio | 1 Dec 17:18 2007
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Re: Freemasonry and the Classics


Hi Sodales!
Does anyone know of any treatments of the influence of the Classics on Freemasonry?

I toured the Masonic Temple on Broad St. in Philadelphia near City Hall. It's a magnificent classically
inspired building. The interior of the building is replete with classical decorative motifs and Latin inscriptions. When I asked our tour guide about the influence of the Classics on Freemasonry he said there was a "a lot" but he could not comment further since the influence pertained to the secret rites and rituals of the masons and other secret practices. Masons are apparently required to keep these rites, rituals, and practices absolutely secret from non-Masons.

Thanks in advance for any information anyone can provide.

Most cordially,

Rudy Masciantonio

Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio
429 S. 20th St., Apt. A
Philadelphia, PA 19146
e-mail: Rudolphus9 <at> aol.com
telephone: 215 732 6431
website: http://members.aol.com/Rudolphus9
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John M. McMahon | 1 Dec 18:29 2007

Re: Freemasonry and the Classics

On 12/1/07 11:18 AM, "Dr Rudolph Masciantonio" <Rudolphus9 <at> AOL.COM> wrote:

> Masons are apparently
> required to keep these rites, rituals, and practices absolutely secret from
> non-Masons.

And woe them if they do not, for they then suffer the ultimate punishment:
having to turn in their special Masonic message decoder ring.  ;-)

JMM / LMC

Ivan Van Laningham | 1 Dec 18:36 2007

Re: Freemasonry and the Classics

Hi All--

John M. McMahon wrote:
> On 12/1/07 11:18 AM, "Dr Rudolph Masciantonio" <Rudolphus9 <at> AOL.COM> wrote:
> 
>> Masons are apparently
>> required to keep these rites, rituals, and practices absolutely secret from
>> non-Masons.
> 
> And woe them if they do not, for they then suffer the ultimate punishment:
> having to turn in their special Masonic message decoder ring.  ;-)

;-)  And at a recent tour of the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, the guide 
admitted that, despite the prohibition, every secret was readily 
available on the net with only a cursory google.

Metta,
Ivan
--

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Ralph Hancock | 1 Dec 21:15 2007

Re: Freemasonry and the Classics

One might also consider the alleged influence of Freemasonry *on* the classics. It seems that masons believe that the three classical orders of architecture were divinely revealed to King Solomon and first used in his Temple, and the Greeks merely copied this example.
 
RH
James M. Pfundstein | 1 Dec 21:30 2007
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Bad News for Judas Fans

It looks like the translation of the Gnostic "Gospel of Judas" may  
have had some serious errors in rendering the Coptic into English.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/opinion/01deconink.html?ref=opinion

(registration may be rquired)

http://www.aprildeconick.com/gospelofjudas.html

Though it shames me to admit it, my Coptic isn't up to confirming  
this. DeConick claims that National Geographic has admitted some  
errors, but a few minutes Googling through the  mountainous haystack  
of webpages devoted to this issue didn't turn up any smoking needles.

JMP("Punch and Judas")

Owen Cramer | 1 Dec 21:52 2007

Re: Bad News for Judas Fans

One of the issues is the Greek word daimon: should it be translated
"spirit" (perhaps benign) as the National Geographic translation had it,
or "demon" as early Christian and Gnostic usage suggests.

Owen Cramer

-----Original Message-----
From: Classical Greek and Latin Discussion Group on behalf of James M.
Pfundstein
Sent: Sat 12/1/2007 1:30 PM
To: CLASSICS-L <at> LSV.UKY.EDU
Subject: Bad News for Judas Fans

It looks like the translation of the Gnostic "Gospel of Judas" may  
have had some serious errors in rendering the Coptic into English.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/opinion/01deconink.html?ref=opinion

(registration may be rquired)

http://www.aprildeconick.com/gospelofjudas.html

Though it shames me to admit it, my Coptic isn't up to confirming  
this. DeConick claims that National Geographic has admitted some  
errors, but a few minutes Googling through the  mountainous haystack  
of webpages devoted to this issue didn't turn up any smoking needles.

JMP("Punch and Judas")


Gmane