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Explorator 5.32

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explorator 5.32                                 December 8, 2002
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you to rebuild the url at your end; if you get a 'file not
found', check to see if the url wrapped on you. Most urls should
be active for at least eight hours from the time of publication.

For your computer's protection, Explorator is sent in plain text
and NEVER has attachments. Be suspicious of any Explorator which
arrives otherwise!!!
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Michael Ruggeri, Yonatan Nadelman, 
Steve Rankin, Joseph Nicholas, Bill Kennedy, John McMahon, Donna
Hurst, W. Richard Frahm, Paola Rafferta, James Thiele, Dave Sowdon,
'alesmonetos', Maurice O'Sullivan and Karl Witwer for headses  
upses this week (a.a.h.i.h.l.n.o.o.).

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AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA
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Some cuneiform correspondence was put into the ancient equivalent of
an envelope:

http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/190319.asp?cp1=1

An archaic kouros was found on Cyprus:

http://www.hri.org/news/cyprus/tcpr/2002/02-11-29.tcpr.html#07

A nice overview article on the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles (sort of
a 'how did we get here from there' piece):

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=10470

Smallpox (it is claimed) has been around for 3000 years (this article
seems rather more confident than it should be):

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,589-501326,00.html

The letters from Vindolanda are in the running as a nice bit of
hype to find the UK's 'greatest treasure':

http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100local/page.cfm?objectid=12427964&method=full&siteid=50081

Football (or soccer to those of us on this side of the pond) was
apparently invented by the Romans (actually, the game described is
what my grade seven students claim is 'soccer'):

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_722813.html
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-2-504006,00.html

The Museum of London has unveiled its working model of a Roman
water screw:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-2-504004,00.html

The 'myth' of Masada?:

http://chronicle.com/free/v49/i15/15a01601.htm

The bronze and gold finds of some Welsh metal detectorists have
been declared treasure:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/2550139.stm

Chinese archaeologists believe Chinese civilization can be traced
back to 8-10,000 years B.P.:

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200212/05/eng20021205_108006.shtml

... and they've found another terra cotta army:

http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/asia/story/0,4386,159395,00.html

Great Zimbabwe might have been an astronomical observatory:

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993137
http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/space/12/05/zimbabwe.observatory/index.html
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THE AMERICAS
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A skull found in Mexico City fifty years ago has been dated to
ca. 13,000 B.P., which is obviously going to cause a ruckus:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2538323.stm
http://www.msnbc.com/news/843714.asp
http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/science/12/03/oldest.skull/index.html
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=358001
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2002%2F12%2F03%2Fwskull03.xml

The earliest evidence of writing in the 'New World' has been dated
to ca. 650 B.C./B.C.E.:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/842354.asp?cp1=1
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/06/science/06WRIT.html
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993151
http://tinyurl.com/3c3g (Globe and Mail)
http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/12/06/words06.xml
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000ED863-BEDA-1DEF-A838809EC588F2D7
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021205/ap_wo_en_fe/na_gen_sci_earliest_writing_1
http://www.academicpress.com/inscight/12052002/graphb.htm
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_723136.html

An interesting piece on the acoustic properties of Chichen Itza's
Temple of Kukulcan:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/12/1206_021206_TVMayanTemple.html

The latest theory about the Miami Circle is that it was the venue
for ritual beheadings (which pretty much guarantees a tv documentary
about the site):

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/4652335.htm
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/kr/20021203/lo_krmiami/bones_at_miami_circle_suggest_beheading_rite
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ALSO OF INTEREST
================================================================
Michelangelo complained of poverty, but apparently was a miser:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=857&ncid=757&e=10&u=/nm/20021202/od_uk_nm/oukoe_arts_michelangelo

The 14th century 'Sarajevo Haggadah' has gone on disply in Bosnia:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2537041.stm
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021203/ap_on_re_eu/bosnia_haggadah_1

Another ostrich egg in the news ... this time, dating from the
fifteenth century and inscribed with Arabic poetry:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_720816.html

I'm not sure how many listmembers can read Hungarian, but this
page from a Hungarian science magazine has two items of interest, one
on the folks who mined Mons Claudianus in Egypt and further down,
something on the tumulus at Kultepe (both are towards the bottom):

http://www.eletestudomany.hu/eltu/g_hireink5744.html#start

Another Rubens is going on the block:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/06/arts/columns/06INSI.html

A nice piece on composer Salamone Rossi:

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=238312

They've been poking around the Bismarck, and think some revision is
necessary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/03/science/03BISM.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Afghanistan's Kafir Kot is being looted:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-3-505080,00.html
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AT ABOUT.COM
================================================================
Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill's latest is a feature on the kings
of Rome:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa121002a.htm
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BOOK REVIEWS
================================================================
Steven Sherrill, *The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break* (fiction):

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/08/books/review/08OGRADT.html
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DON'T EAT THAT ELMER
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The man behind Bigfoot has died:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/843929.asp

This week, Pravda is claiming Atlantis lies under Antarctica:

http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/12/02/40228.html

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EXHIBITIONS
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Afghanistan: A Timeless History (Greco-Buddhist stuff at Houston):

http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_867875.html

The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes From South India (Washington):

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/06/arts/design/06SMIT.html
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CLASSICIST'S CORNER
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Another U.S./Rome comparison (use of Crassus is an interesting
difference):

http://www.balochistanpost.com/item.asp?ID=3057

... and another:

http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20021206-14275700.htm

Latin is thriving in Tennessee:

http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_1593550,00.html

An announcement of a reading of 'The Grinch' in Latin has an
interesting 'statistic' for Latin teachers:

http://indyweek.com/durham/current/aespot.html

Rudolph was 'sang' in Latin lately (yes ... I know):

http://www.jsonline.com/onwisconsin/arts/dec02/101802.asp

There's going to be a production of Sondheim's version of the Frogs:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20021203/stage_nm/frogs_1

A (spurious?) bit of classcon in an account of Rio's Carnival:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sfl-126rio,0,284055.story?coll=sfla-news-fringe

The logo of the Greek presidency of the EU has some (pre)classcon:

http://www.gamesbids.com/cgi-bin/ib3/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=1181

Alas ... Homer didn't inspire:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/08/sports/othersports/08PENN.html

ClassCon in a congressional hearing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/07/national/07BULG.html

If you've wondered why 'Priam's Treasure' wasn't displayed in the
wake of WWII, perhaps some light will come from this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/03/arts/design/03ANTO.html

An uncalled-for simile *8^)):

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/Stories/0,1413,91%257E3089%257E1034385,00.html

A nice indication that folks are getting tired of the Elgin/Parthenon
Marbles thing?:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,855653,00.html

The recently-discovered new moons of Jupiter have all been given
the requisite classical names:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/xml/comp/articleshow?artid=30444659

Peter Jones in the Spectator:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2002-12-07&id=2575

Dot Wordsworth:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2002-12-07&id=2584

Etymologies:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2002/n12062002_200212062.html (civis pace para bellum [sic])
http://www.gazette.net/200249/frederick/news/134167-1.html (semper laborans)
http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2002/12/06/news/valley_life/feature3.txt (manger)
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/4682581.htm (adventus ... one of many)
http://www.dailypressandargus.com/cgi-bin/LiveIQue.acgi$rec=43605?Sports (mea culpa)
http://www.dispatch.co.za/2002/12/04/features/CAPITAL.HTM (voluntas)


Akropolis News in Classical Greek:
http://www.akwn.net/

Radio Finland's Nuntii Latini
http://www.yle.fi/fbc/latini/trans.html

Radio Bremen's Der Monatsrückblick - auf Latein 
http://www.radiobremen.de/online/latein/

U.S. Weather in Latin:
http://latin.wunderground.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Mary Broaddus (long-lived Latin teacher):

http://www.freelancestar.com/News/FLS/2002/122002/12072002/812329
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FOLLOWUPS
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Alburnus Maior Gold Mine:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2550205.stm

Ancient Greek Longjumping:

http://discover.com/science_news/features/gthere.html?article=feat_olympics.html

James Ossuary:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/03/science/social/03JAME.html

Smithsonian and the Kensington Rune Stone:

http://www.swiftcountymonitor.com/swiftcountymonitor/myarticles.asp?P=593018&S=208&PubID=10268&EC=0
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EXPLORATOR is a weekly newsletter representing the fruits of
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ancient world (broadly construed: practically anything relating
to archaeology or history  prior to about 1700 or so is fair
game) and every Sunday they are delivered to your mailbox free of
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