Hatra! This place seems to have been a Seleukid foundation, and it became an important Parthia city; it’s a UNESCO site threatened by ISIS; many sculptures from the site were recently put out on display in Iraq Museum.http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/894004/?searchterm=hatra*
Only a pan-orthodox coalition can save the old church. I love the Romanian businesswoman who is looking at it as a fixer-upper.
Insane montage of Israelis saying “We are also with David of the Nahal Brigade.” The digital rebellion of recent days has an old media imprint too. There is an enormous graffito on the highway’s cliff face near Jerusalem, “I am David the Nahwali.” Here’s the story in the NYT. IDF = definitely not media savvy. This proves it. It’s a pretty interesting story, since it cuts to the heart of the issues of soldier welfare and the corrupting effect of the occupation, its innate brutality and the extent of the damage it wreaks on all the people in the video, who, let’s face it, are all basically teenagers.
Philosophiké Scholé, Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki (Photo:Wikipedia).
Thessaloniki’s Aristotelian University has internationalized the membership of its governing board, bringing in 6 members from abroad.
I have heard some grumbling about the faculty leadership at the University of Athens, which some think brought about the recent shutdown with its own folly, so this is pretty a interesting strategy.
5 of the members seem to be of Greek origin, whereas Richard Hunter, the noted Cambridge classicist, is not.
Ultra-orthodox rally against Natalie Portman in Jerusalem. Jerusalem-born actress to start shooting the movie adaptation of Amos Oz’s ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ in Nahlaot, angering local Haredim.
Vladimir Putin dived in the Black Sea recently, near the ancient Greek city of Phanagoria, and came up with these artifacts. One supposes he is publicizing the excavation which the ruling party as some sort of stake in, but it also reminds me of the commercial ventures I heard about nearby in Crimea. With what they told me in a wine shop in Yalta is the permission of the government there, people go diving for amphoras in the Black Sea, which fetch a good price in local markets. Phanagoria, in the Taman Peninsula, where Putin dived, seems a lot more remote. Perhaps then it will escape the kind of looting that Putin promoted with the stunt.
Some years back some good friends told me that archaeology is never *intensively politicized in Israel, (for it is always in some way politicized, even if one is tempted to exaggerate its political *impact); or at least, they argued, what’s wrong with rooting for one side in History, as glimpsed through archaeology? The ritual Channukah archaeological announcements tend to belie the naive notion that archaeology is a-political. I just got one from this lovely organization called Tzapit. Because it’s urgent that people everywhere know there wasn’t some historical gap in the Jewish occupation of Jerusalem — in fact the Hasmoneans *were there! This is news? — they urge me to “PRINT TELL A FRIEND….” …And so I obey: the story is here. But of course the problem with “rooting” for one “side” in History in this situation is that real people actually get run out of their real houses and neighborhoods on the strength of these claims. After going on the Ir Amim tour, my views on this have really hardened: this isn’t playing around with historical facts, but rather playing with fire!