Won't they please bring it to Bakersfield???
I love these GGG threads because I read statements like that and marvel at human ingenuity. When I was teaching, I ran across a very consistent bias in my teenage students that people who live in other countries in vastly different cultures, or people who lived in ages past are inherently less intelligent than "we" are. Yet they, as is the case with many adults, cannot do simple arithmetic without the use of their calculators. Give them four sticks and some string and they would be unable to devise a way to stake out a geometrically square foundation on the ground. I could, and I could probably survey out a fairly straight 'Roman road'. But I know I couldn't build a pyramid or an Incan wall or make a likeness of someone out of stone. So props to those who did and whose works have stood the eons - they put our modern world in perspective.
If you ever saw the water in Alexandria, you wouldn't want to dive in it.
Last year, I read "The October Horse" and thought one of the most interesting parts was the author's description of Cato's gruesome suicide.
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Cleopatra's Signature DiscoveredThe handwriting of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra has emerged from a Greek papyrus stored for more than a century in a mummy casing in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, Germany, a Dutch scholar claimed yesterday. "Cleopatra's signature can be found in just one word: 'genestho,' which means 'Make it so!' It is the formula for the royal authorization, and had to be added by the ruler's own hand," said Peter Van Minnen, a Dutch Academy research fellow in religious studies at the University of Groningen... Van Minnen insists the document he discovered is an original. The main text was the work of a secretary, while the subscription "genestho," written in a different hand, was signed by the queen herself. Moreover, at the top of the page, the Alexandrian office where the text was received added a note about the date they received it, around 33 B.C... "The text dates from 33 B.C. and clearly shows how Cleopatra tried to strengthen Canidius' allegiance to her. He is allowed to export (tax-free) Egyptian wheat up to 10,000 sacks and to import wine to Egypt up to 5,000 amphorae," said Van Minnen.
by Rossella Lorenzi
October 3, 2000
Any more pictures?
No exhibition in Greece? After all the Ptolemys were Greek, IIRC.
But was the horse found?