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Apr. 17th, 2005

07:07 pm - hooray for Greeks

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the part of me that became a classicist in a parallel universe thinks this is amazingly cool:
infra-red technology allows scientists to read the oxyrynchus papyri, which contain, among other things, parts of another Sophocles play.

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From:endon_neu
Date:April 17th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)

It's all Greek to me....

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Wow! The part of me that should have become a classicist in *this* universe also thinks this is amazingly cool...and also coincidental, after having a conversation in the club last night that involved the concept of "Eudaimoneia"...

A college professor of mine wrote a few articles arguing certain points about some of the Greek dramatists, especially Euripides, based on the assumption that some of the "trilogies" of Greek drama (e.g. the Oresteia) were actually the only extant parts of larger cycles...

So...I think I'm going to start re-reading all my Euripides and Sophocles, just in case I wander into a bookshop in a couple of months and see "New Edition of Euripide's Antigone: The Happy Ending Version"...
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From:ad_radian
Date:April 17th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)

That's super-sweet

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Sophocles' works were probably my least favorite of the Greek tragedies, but that's still awesome.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 17th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)

Re: That's super-sweet

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well, there's Euripides (my favorite) too. Hesiod as well.
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From:sitamae
Date:April 17th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Wow! I hadn't heard about this, it makes me all slap happy. Thanks for posting it here.
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From:helixnine
Date:April 17th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Hold on, they make St. John's graduates who are only *part* classicist?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 17th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
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{giggle} well, i didn't become a classicist proper *after* sjc...so i'm only a classics poseur ;)
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From:luvcraft
Date:April 17th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm just glad it's not more Aristophanes plays. There's only so much of the "Terrance and Phillip of Antiquity" I can take, namely "none". :)X
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