Friday, July 29, 2005

More booklust!

I forgot to mention the article that really caught my interest: Roman legion found in Chinese city. I don't know about you, but that really puts the Roman empire into perspective for me. I know how far it reached, but... that is still incredible.

In other news, I went to a favourite used bookstore of mine today (unintentionally!), and I spent a bit under $100 on fifteen books. About half of those were Classically related (well, directly--I bet I could relate ALL of them to Classical studies if I wanted to!). I really must acknowledge a booklust problem here. Eheu!

I've also discovered, much to my horror, that my earlier old-book allergy (well, the mites really, but still!) that developed this semester seems to be here to stay! That place had my skin on edge, and my eyes and nose itchy. It's quite pitiful. But nothing will deter me from my books! I'll just have to remember to take allergy medicines next time... I guess it's true when my history instructor told me I picked the wrong profession--allergic to the very things I love most! Vae! They never really warn you about this when you choose to be a Classics (or English) major...

Anyway, my ancient Greek history class starts next week. That will either mean fewer updates (because I know I'll be swamped) or more updates (because I'll have more to talk about). My Greek history is abysmal, so I'm glad to finally be taking this class!

For now, though, I am reading Charlotte Brontë's Villette and should probably finish it tonight. It's amusing me, because I'm fairly certain it's filled with more Classical allusions than any of her other books.


Anonymous UCSBClassics53 said...

My thesis advisor was just talking about that a few days ago (before the article came out) on how it would be nice to discover traces of the Greeks or Romans in far off unexpected places. Of course I wanted to say that well cats and shrews got there first. We were discussing the possibilities of what Alexander could have achieved if his troops hadn't mutinied.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Ah yes, but then, most of his success was in his ability to hold the loyalty of his troops. And he couldn't for that long. But then, who could?

12:56 AM  
Anonymous UCSBClassics53 said...

Of course he had to disguise the mutiny by claiming unfavorable omens.

3:44 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Well, of course. He's a tricksssy hobbit!

Err, yeah.

3:55 AM  
Anonymous UCSBClassics53 said...

would the Cats or Shrews have approved? That is the question...

5:26 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Oh I'm sure everything went according to their plan! Everything always does!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

That far-off-trace stuff is all over, once you start looking for it. I recommend the extraordinary voyage of pytheas the greek by barry cunliffe; he drops in all sorts of weird finds like a pre-Roman Greek-style temple built entirely of wood in Brittany, etc.

But one of my favorite things was in a Roman history course, when the professor showed us timelines of ancient Roman and Chinese political history - despite minimal direct contact between the two (possibly Liquian, and I knwo the Romans had a word for the Chinese, seres or something), there is pretty clear alternation of foreign policy strength as a function of nomadic tribe movement between the two. So: the Chinese government cracks down, kicks out some nomads from its western regions, and everything ripples west until the Romans are forced to fight more border wars. And vice-versa. The mind boggles.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous UCSBClassics53 said...

I ordered that book just a few weeks ago and am going to read it over the summer!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Re: Joe

Yeah, I've seen the far-off stories here and there, but I still like them.

I'll add the book to my list, but I really need to *stop* with the book-collecting for now. ::sigh::

1:16 PM  

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