The Louisiana Classicist

October 27, 2013

ancient Greek music – with sound

Filed under: just for fun,link,Uncategorized — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:28 am
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  • A reconstruction by Dr. David Creese is available on BBC’s website, along with a nice article about Greek music and how we know what we know about it.
  • Archaeology Magazine provided a longer sample of Dr. Creese’s work at Soundcloud:
  • Stefan Hagel has recreated several fragments using computer-generated sounds. Here is his version of the Seikilos song. Also of interest is his page on Homeric Singing.
  • The German group Melpomen works with a musical archaeologist to create music on period instruments.
  • William Johnson at the University of Cincinnati has images of some of the fragments showing musical notation that has made these acoustic reconstructions possible. Unfortunately, his website, ca. 2010, uses a quicktime plugin for sounds, which most modern browsers avoid.

And a few more versions of Seikilos just to show the variety of interpretations…

March 21, 2013

Major to Speak at LAS Meeting

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 4:02 pm
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Tragic Comic Masks

Tragic Comic Masks @ Hadrian’s Villa (mosaic)

Friend and member of LCA, Dr. Wilfred Major will be presenting some recent research to the Louisiana Archaeological Society on Wednesday 27 March. Here is the announcement:

The next meeting of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Archaeological Society will be Wednesday March 27th @ 7:00 pm at the Bluebonnet Branch of the EBR Public Library. The speaker this month is Dr. Wilfred E. Major. The title of his presentation will be “Watching Masks at an Arena: New Discoveries in Ancient Greek Theater”

Abstract: Just in the last decade, research has made radical new discoveries about the way ancient Greek plays were performed. We now know that the very shape and configuration of the first Greek theater, the Theater of Dionysus at Athens, was different from the standard “Classical” Greek theater. Now scholars and performers are experimenting with this new space and using newly reconstructed masks. It all adds up to a revolutionary, very exciting spectacle for Classical Greek tragedy and comedy.

Bio: Wilfred E. Major is an Assistant Professor of Classics at LSU. He has published on the pedagogy of ancient Greek and on ancient Greek comedy. His forthcoming book studies the formal rhetoric and politics in the performance of Greek comedy in the fifth century B.C.

Light refreshments will be served. See you at the meeting!

January 12, 2013

Archaeology Magazine links (January 2013)

Filed under: link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:33 am

for those of you who do not subscribe to Archaeology Magazine already, and who did not attend this year’s joint meeting of the AIA/APA, here are some links of interest to lovers of the ancient world


June 21, 2011

a new theory of Cleopatra’s burial site

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 12:20 pm
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National Geographic Magazine has a feature article in the July 2011 issue entitled “The Search for Cleopatra.” The investigation, specifically for her tomb, is hindered by “Earthquakes, tidal waves, rising seas, subsiding ground, civil conflicts, and the unsentimental recycling of building stones,” not to mention the fact that most of the ancient city of Alexandria is now under 20 feet of sea water.

Follow the link above to see how the the hunt moves away from the city center, but (spoiler alert) is ultimately still a story without an ending.

January 5, 2011

Newsweek Pompeii and Gulliver’s Latin

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 5:02 pm
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I opened my Newsweek this week and was surprised and dismayed to find an article on the destruction of Pompeii that is happening today! Apparently the site has been neglected for some time, and many fear that the buildings will not survive much longer. Book your tours now!

Also in the popular media this week: some Latin on banners in Gulliver’s Travels. According to Amy on the LatinTeach listserv:
The Good Guys’ motto is Condo Et Assero
The Bad Guys’ motto is Rapio Et Abfugio (sic)

November 11, 2010

multi-tool from the III Century AD

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:57 pm
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A Roman Swiss Army Knife

“eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife.” In the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.

Too impressive not to share!

October 8, 2010

AIA New Orleans lectures 2010-11

Filed under: meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:46 am
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A good variety of lectures on tap for this academic year (I do wish I had found these links in time for the opening lecture of the season):

2 November 2010 – “The Petrified City: Reading the Marble Plan of Rome” by Prof. Susann S. Lusnia

21 February 2011 – “Pausanius’ Visit to Corinth: Coins and Architecture” by Prof. Michel Amandry

12 April 2011 – “Dragons of the North: The World of Viking Longships” by Prof. John Hale

All lectures take place at 8pm on the campus of Loyola University, in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, 3rd floor.

August 25, 2010

two links for 25 Aug

Filed under: just for fun,link — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:41 am
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To those of you in school, welcome back!  For everyone, here are a few links that may inspire discussion as the fall semester gets going.

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked – via io9
We’ve seen articles like this before, but it is always fun to look at the images.

London’s Telegraph has an article about the discovery of a palace on Ithaka.

And finally, let us not allow Tuesday’s anniversary to go unremarked: in 79AD, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, killing — among many others — Uncle Pliny

As always, if there is any news of interest to Louisiana Classicists, please send it to Blog Administrator Ann Ostrom (aostrom+LCA AT gmail DOT com).

April 2, 2010

Lead coffin found in Gabii

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:32 am
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found via Henchman Publishing

An archaeological mystery in a half-ton lead coffin

“We’re very excited about this find,” Terrenato said. “Romans as a rule were not buried in coffins to begin with and when they did use coffins, they were mostly wooden. There are only a handful of other examples from Italy of lead coffins from this age—the second, third or fourth century A.D. We know of virtually no others in this region.”

This one is especially unusual because of its size.

“It’s a sheet of lead folded onto itself an inch thick,” he said. “A thousand pounds of metal is an enormous amount of wealth in this era. To waste so much of it in a burial is pretty unusual.”

March 31, 2010

Nero’s Golden Palace ceiling collapses

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found via the Latinteach listserv

Nero’s Golden Palace ceiling collapses due to rain

A large section of the ceiling has collapsed at Roman Emperor Nero’s famous 2000-year-old Golden Palace due to heavy winter rain.

The top of the Domus, which overlooks the Forum to one side and the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum to another, is covered with parks, trees and roads whose weight and polluting effect are a constant threat.

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