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  1. ToposText is an indexed collection of ancient texts and mapped places relevant the the history and mythology of the ancient Greeks from the Neolithic period up through the 2nd century CE. It was inspired by two decades of exploring Greece by car, foot, or bicycle, and by clumsy efforts to appreciate επί τόπου the relevant information from Pausanias or other primary sources. The development of mobile electronic devices since 2010 has coincided with an increasingly comprehensive assortment of ancient texts available on the internet. Browse for places and select authors and events! Combined with data from Pleiades Project and Travelogues. Url to the Topostext site: http://topostext.org/places.php Have fun, Auris
  2. Two weeks ago I attended the exhibition "Crimea, Gold and Secrets of The Black Sea" in Amsterdam, now Russia and Ukraine dispute who is the rightful owner of the artifacts and they should return to. Marvellous. A lot of Scythian gold items, and Greek, Roman, Goth and Byzantine. NBC news reports : A Dutch museum is facing a difficult decision regarding the return of valuable Crimean jewels and gold artifacts after a current exhibition ends. It seems Mother Russia is trying to snatch the artifacts early, before Ukrainian, or even Crimean, authorities can get their hands on them. Wall Street Journal reports : Now officials here fear they will never see their precious Scythian gold on the premises again. The trove has become subsumed in a cross-national dispute that has come to reflect the nature of the Black Sea peninsula's complex and contested history. The Art Newspaper reports: “A difficult problem arises. On the one hand, legally, everything is against the Crimean museum. On the other hand, these objects belong to the museum. We will work out an agreement on how the museum will get them back,†Piotrovsky said. Mikhail Piotrovsky is the director of the Hermitage Museum, which has a branch in Amsterdam. This is not the same museum as where the exhibition is. The exhibit was to end in May, but is postponed until August. I think the items should return to the musea they came from, but legally they are on loan by the Ukraine Government. Auris Arrectibus
  3. Scythian Gold Caught in Ukraine Dispute

    Update: Dutch court ruled that the 500 artefacts should be returned to Ukraine, not to Crimean Musea (Amsterdam, 14th december 2016). Russians not satisfied, Crimean musea file an appeal. See: Russia to appeal as Dutch court orders return of Scythian gold to Ukraine Auris
  4. Happy New Year!

    Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Happy new year
  5. Scientists read Herculaneum papyrii without unrolling them

    Much to discover at the Ancient Lives project: The ANCIENT LIVES project mounts images of Greek papyri fragments online and asks volunteers to participate in the work on them. Many of these papyri have remained unstudied since they were discovered more than a century ago. You can help expedite the process of transcription and cataloguing. Our goal is to increase the momentum by which scholars have traditionally identified known and unknown literary texts, and the private documents and letters from Graeco-Roman Egypt. No one pair of eyes can see and read everything. Your results will be tabulated with those of thousands of others' contribution to the same effort. Auris
  6. Greek language on deathwatch?

    Don't forget about the Tower of Babel .... And for the use of another alphabet while texting: That's another kind of language to start with. Using streettalk and abbreviations. Expect we don't use texting in short messages in a couple of years. It's to short and confusing (see Babel) that at the end no one understands the message nor it's context includes any useful information. So you have to send a lot messages to understand what's going on. Or it's referring to anonther text, news, common knowledge or a picture. So, most of it has no additional value, just a statement. Or it's about people being late for an appointment .... So, back to the extinction of different languages ...
  7. Curia Hostilia

    Hi all, Try this one at the Digital Roman Forum: http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Forum/reconstructions/CuriaIulia_1 Auris Arrectibus
  8. Roman cooking

    Hi Klingan, A few years ago I visited the site of Glanum in the Provence, France. Nice little restaurant at that site, where they serve "roman dishes". Pretty nice. - video: http://www.kewego.nl/video/iLyROoafJNnt.html - website: taberna romana Maybe these websites with recipes could inspire you: - http://susannaduffy.hubpages.com/hub/ancient-food-rome - http://pass-the-garum.blogspot.nl/ - http://www.coquinaria.nl/english/recipes/02.6histrecept.htm Still, everytime I order vitello tonnato in a Italian restaurant, I'm sure it's a dish with a tuna-sauce that evolved over dthe centuries from roman garum. Recipe in english: http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/590653 Don't hesitate to invite me for your dinner-party! Do I have to bring my own cochlearium? Auris Arrectibus
  9. Anyone know where to buy ancient relics/replicas?

    Hi Howard, Maybe you could these guys: http://www.comitatus.net/. They should know were to buy military stuff. For replicas, google for museum shops. Auris aurectibus
  10. Scythian Gold Caught in Ukraine Dispute

    Don't think so. Putin is always focussed on the illustrious past of Russia. He managed to manupilate the public opinion about the economic situation at home as well: Making the peolple think in Europe the situation is even worse. But soon he will realise that a hunrgy crowd is a dangerous crowd. Hope that's before riots starts. Auris
  11. Greek graffiti

    Did some googling: Katapugon is related to anal sex. That didn't surprise me. Giving someone the "middle finger" seems to be a common sign in greek comedies as a invitation to anal sex. This sign is therefore also called the "katapugon". That I didn't knew before: http://1000words1000days.com/2013/06/day-521-the-only-sign-language-most-of-us-know/ Auris Arrectibus
  12. Greek graffiti

    Hi Eupheresthai and Klingan, Etymology of the composed word katapugon (horny) is: kata - downwards, this preposition it gives a direction. pugh - bottom So, if "horny" is not specific enough, I would translate this with something like "ass-focused". Don't know if there is a vulgair best-fit synonym to that. Maybe someone at this forum could help us out? Auris Arrectibus
  13. Scythian Gold Caught in Ukraine Dispute

    Update: The artifacts are still in the Dutch Museum (only 19 pieces are returned to Kiev) in Amsterdam. Artnet: "On November 19, four Crimean museums filed a complaint before an Amsterdam court demanding that the Allard Pierson return their collection." Archeology NewsNetwork: "Four Crimean museums have filed a class action lawsuit in an Amsterdam court seeking the return of a collection of golden Scythian items from Netherlands to Crimea." Ukrainian London: Lecture about Who should keep the Crimean treasures: "The conflict in Ukraine is not something that is happening at the outskirts of Europe. It is the conflict within Europe. Recently Europeans too became victims of Russian aggression – meaning those who died in the MH17 catastrophe. The lecturer himself lost 2 students and 2 university colleagues on that tragic flight.
  14. Saturnalia - tell me about christmas time

    In Holland most people (at least those in my circles) wish each other with: "Fijne feestdagen". Which is literally: "Fine feast-days", for the 25th and 26th of December everybody is free from work and the first of January also. Many people plan the days in between free as well. To stay at home or for a short holiday. Sure, it's all about food at 1st and 2nd christmasday. Most of the time family-reunions (both fun times as complains about stressed situations and forced unsincere friendly behavior). I like it though. Like at Sinterklaas (5th of December), one brings gifts. At new years eve during daytime youngsters already start with fireworks (which me and my cat surely dislike a lot). Because of disturbances and severe accidents with illegal fireworks (missing eyes, hands and even fatal casualties) it's this year only allowed to start at 18.00 and prohibited near hospitals and zoo's. Hope it will be totaly banned next year. So, Fijne Feestdagen everybody! Auris (or maybe "Happy Festivus, for the rest of us"?)
  15. American tourists caught with Pompeii relic

    People who urinate in public in Amsterdam (at doorways) are tourists, who really think they could do anything in this beautiful city of Amsterdam. The media back home, like the movie Eurotrip tells them that, unfortunately. Not very civilized. Locals and City Hall are horrified by these publications, satire or not. Hopelfully this image of the city could be changed soon, because our values are not to live in a public sewer. Sure, just after closing time of the pubs one could see (a local) urinate in a canal. In the middle of the night. No big problem with that in my opionion, although police will fine the ones who do. And that's risky business, anyway. An average of three men every two months won't survive and drown. Police find them weeks or months later with their fly still open. Mostly tourists are the ones who won't survive, the quays are steep and slippery. Antoher annoying trend that does harm to monuments and the nice view: Padlocks on bridges by lovers (again tourists?). Don't know who invented that one. Okay, maybe at expected places like at a railing beneath the supposed balcony of Romeo and Julia in Verona. The railing is put there especially for that purpose. But at 18-th century bridges in Amsterdam? That's stupid. Auris Arrectibus
  16. Roman Provence...

    Hi Artimi, You should. The provence is really nice. My advise: Start at Arles (Arelate) next to the Rhone river. Auris
  17. What books did you buy or read recently?

    Hi all, Very proud to have received recently an original copy of Edward Huttons "Ravenna, a study". And for Sinterklaas (a custom at the 5th of december, like Santa Claus or christmas in other parts of the world) I was given - "Ravenna in Late Antiquity", - the newest release of "Fik Meijer" (my favourite dutch author and teacher at the University of Amsterdam, only edition in english is "Emperors don't die in bed"), - a copy of Procopius and - one of Ammianus Marcellinus. So I think I will be busy in my reading chair for a couple of weeks .... Both christmas days free from work shouldn't be enough..... Auris Arrectibus
  18. Geolocation Timelines

    Lectori salutem dat, I found a great site for creating a timeline on a map. 'Always intrigued about the lots of miles which were travelled in ancient history. http://www.myhistro.com/ Next thing to do is to create a geolocation-timeline of my lovely Galla Placidia. Hope somehow it could be integrated with the Omnes Viae site, a modern version of the Peutinger Map. A roman route planner. http://www.omnesviae.org/ Auris Arrectibus
  19. Where in the ancient world ? The pictures game is back

    Already did that, so I'm out. Auris
  20. Where in the ancient world ? The pictures game is back

    Next: Where is this?
  21. Where in the ancient world ? The pictures game is back

    Taxila, Dharmarajika.
  22. Geolocation Timelines

    Already suggest this at the idea box of the site. Would be wonderful to see what route they could have travelled, even adjust based on historical accounts! Auris
  23. those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

    Well, Putin might be handling it smoothly. The transition isn't. Even Ukrain priest are to bo replaced by Russians. Banks are closed because there aren't enough rubles. Court cases are postponed because no one knowns what laws to use. &c. Crimea as a poor region was sponsored by Kiev. Not anymore. And the Russian money hasn't arrived yet. Article NYT: Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic Auris Arrectibus
  24. Could this new project really preserve and restoratie the site of Pompeii? Two weeks ago the news was that "An Italian prince and an art-theft sleuth are charged with rescuing the 2000-year-old archeological site from ruin" in the Washington Post article "The Dynamic Duo Saving Pompeii". There are a lot of euro's put in this site but somehow little is achieved. Last summer when I had the opportunity to walk around not only at Pompeii, but also at Oplontis and Herculaneum, the difference was stunning. Truckloads of people from cruiseships and other euro-trips stumbled down the streets of Pompeii following obtrusive guides, taking pictures of the many decayed villa's. In fact the vastness of the city was the climax of your imagination with the imminent presence Vesuvius towering in the corner of your eyes. Good preparation for the visit to the national museum of Naples the next day to inquire the artefacts found at the site. The contrast was huge with the well preserved sites of Herculaneum and Oplontis. Even their websites with projectresults are representative for the attention and historical goals. Similarity between those two: Foreign universities co-working with italians. And not so many tourists (so glad). Hope that with this new impulse, not only for the dynamic duo (??), the preservation and restoration of Pompeii is going to be a succes. The new academic appearance website of a Pompeii project is promising. Or does mafia gets control over the money? Auris
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