It’s still cold here, but we’ve been promised temperatures above zero by the end of today. This winter, that’s a pretty nice day. So I’m settled into the rooftop office of the Archaeology of the Mediterranean World headquarters and getting ready to get something done for real today.
Before I get on with my day, though, I suppose I should offer you something to make you weekend a bit more interesting.
So here are some varia and quick hits:
- Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Margaret Mullett will lead this spring’s Byzantine Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks titles “Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perceptions in Byzantium.”
- Congratulations to the American Schools of Oriental Research in earning a $475,000 challenge gift. This is a big deal for a small organization.
- An Interview with Janet Burnett Grossman who has just published the funerary sculpture from the Athenian Agora as volume 35 in that series.
- Another week, another Early Christian Basilica. This week’s is in Lake Iznik in Turkey.
- The Apollo of Gaza: Hamas’s Ancient Bronze Statue.
- Some great photos of the 10th-11th century Armenian capital of Ani.
- Some more research on the Justinianic plague.
- Some more evidence for the spread of Nestorians to China.
- New Sappho (and a preprint of D. Obbink’s publication (pdf)).
- A review of Connelly’s Parthenon Enigma in the New York Times.
- Witnessing an animal sacrifice (even on the YouTubes) is intense.
- Some interesting thoughts on the “long form” phenomenon.
- More Professor Footnote (and definitely worth listening to!).
- The Lever Initiative is an interesting model for small scale publishing.
- Albanian bunkers.
- Along similar lines, a map of abandoned places in North Dakota.
- Remembering the Fargo Arena, among the largest buildings in the U.S. in its day.
- Punk in Paris.
- This is a cool idea on Kickstarter. I’m not sure it’ll get funded, but it should.
- This is what happened when Louis Armstrong came to Grand Forks.
- Why college costs so much.
- Say what you will of Harold Bloom’s idea of a Western Cannon, but this is a great list of great reads.
- Buying stereo equipment in Australia is not all that different from buying it on the northern plains.
- What I’m reading: D. Metcalf, Byzantine Cyprus 491-1191. Nicosia 2009.
- What I’m listening to: Frank Sinatra, Songs for Swinging Lovers and In the Wee Small Hours.