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How to lead Bedouin Workers and not come off as a Jerk.

How to lead Bedoin Diggers and not come off as a Jerk Jordan has participated in digs in the Middle East, Europe and Canada.  He can be reached at jrharbour@gmail.com.  He currently runs a history podcast called Twilight Histories which has a time travel theme.     By Jordan Harbour If you find yourself on an…

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Warning! Use with caution.

Above Painting: The Oracle, 1880, Camillo Miola (Biacca). Oil on canvas, 42 1/2 x 56 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum Magi tool box found in Pompeii As my father always said, “Always have the right tools for the job.” Smithsonian Magazine had a great posting on a sorceress box found in a garden…

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Where is my safe zone in the Ancient World? Where is it in the Modern one?

Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students Roman and Greek mythology “contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom,” students say. “Sigh!” It seems that a teacher at Columbia was approached by students who wanted a SAFE ZONE, or at least deserved a TRIGGER WARNING when taking a mythology class and…

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What of Daphne?

Classic Podcast I like to talk to you about a statue that I saw when I was in Rome, but first…see below.  The Myth: The God Apollo sees Eros, the Greek god of love playing with his arrows and laughs at the young man pretending to be a warrior.  Those of you that want to substitute the Roman Cupid in…

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A Proper Goodbye

Jeff passed away.   Frank Dicksee’s Funeral of a Viking. Dicksee is best known for his pictures of dramatic literary, historical, and legendary scenes Older Brothers.  What can I say?    You grow up being terrorized by them.  They laugh at you right in the face, resent your presence, and when the cat was given away…

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“Admit it,” said ‘N’, “you want to live in Ancient Rome.”

Discussions about Ancient Rome at Starbucks.  I was sitting in front of Starbucks with ‘N’ and our good friend  John Windmueller.  ‘N’ turned to me and said, “Admit it.  You want to live in Ancient Rome.”   The three of us were discussing our interests and I turned to Nancy and said, “No.” She gave me…

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Try this at Starbucks, and please let me watch!

A PLEA FOR A SUBMISSION:  If anyone has done this at their local Starbucks, please post the video on this site!   Mors est A.P. Style dux

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Indiana Jones in the hallway

Yelda Khorsabad CourtVisit King Sargon II of Assyria The entrance of the Oriental Institute Over the door, THE PAST hands knowledge to the present day. Oriental Institute MuseumSearch the displays for the pastVisit the Bull!Talk to the guardian bull of Persepolis. A breath taking campus on Chicago’s southside. Take a cab.A museum where Indiana Jones…

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Ithaca

This poem is simply named Ithaca, written by C.P. Cavafy.  He is  considered the most distinguished Greek poets of the 20th Century.   To me this poem reads as simply, “The journey is more important than the destination.”  Ithaka  As you set out for Ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full…

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Top 10 things that make you an Amateur Classicist

This is a Classic Ancient Rome Refocused Blog Post. The Top 10 Things that make you an Amateur Classicist  Editor’s Note*  These are my 10 things, what are yours? 1.  When the TV show HBO’s Rome comes on TV and  you lecture your family on the historical inaccuracies until they tell you to, “SHUT UP!”…

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