- The colossal gold and ivory statue of Zeus in theTemple of Zeus at Olympia(5th century B.C.E.)
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (6th/4th century B.C.E.)
- The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, burial place of Mausolus, King of Caria (4th century B.C.E.)
- The Colossus of Rhodes (3rd century B.C.E.)
- The Lighthouse at Alexandria (3rd century B.C.E.)
- The Pyramids at Giza (ca. 2500's B.C.E.)
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (6th century B.C.E.)
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
|The Colosseum compared to Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Huntsman Center, via the BBC|
I dropped the Colosseum on the middle of the
|The Colosseum vs. Rice-Eccles Stadium (photos by author)|
First Game(s): 80 A.D.
Seating: 54,760, estimates vary from ca. 50,000 to 80,000
Overall Square footage: 258,334
Arena Dimensions in feet: 282.15 x 177.17
First Game(s): 12 September, 1998
Cost: ca. $50 million ($71.3 million in 2012 according to Wikipedia)
Overall Square footage: 234,350
Arena Dimensions in feet: 360 x 160 (NCAA regulation)
First Game(s): 30 November, 1969
Cost: $10,392,00 in 1969 ($65.9 million in 2012 according to Wikipedia)
Overall Square footage: Unknown
Arena Dimensions in feet: 94 x 50 (NCAA Men's Basketball regulation)
It's interesting to compare the seating arrangments of the three arenas. In the Colosseum, the best seats were front row seats. Bomgardner has calculated some numbers: for the tribunal, where the emperor and his guests sat, ca. 60 seats and ca. 2,190 seats for the podium, where senators and various priests and priestesses, like the Vestal Virgins, sat. These VIP's sat in portable folding chairs that they would have brought with them, while the rest of the audience sat in bleacher-style seating, packed in like sardines, if we extrapolate from Ovid's comments (Ars Amatoria I.139-142) about being compelled to sit glued to the side of one's neighbor in the Circus Maximus. (Of course, Ovid doesn't mind this as he thinks it's a great way to pick up girls!)
|Seating arrangments in the Colosseum (excerpted from A. Claridge (1998) Rome, p. 279)|
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
et canis et variae conticuistis aves,
ille memor veteris ritus timidusque deorum
surgit (habent gemini vincula nulla pedes),
signaque dat digitis medio cum pollice iunctis,
occurrat tacito ne levis umbra sibi.
cumque manus puras fontana perluit unda,
vertitur et nigras accipit ante fabas,
aversusque iacit; sed dum iacit, 'haec ego mitto,
his' inquit 'redimo meque meosque fabis.'
hoc novies dicit nec respicit: umbra putatur
colligere et nullo terga vidente sequi.
rursus aquam tangit, Temesaeaque concrepat aera,
et rogat ut tectis exeat umbra suis.
cum dixit novies 'manes exite paterni'
respicit, et pure sacra peracta putat.
(Excerpted from The Latin Library)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
CL CV 1550-060 :: Classical Mythology
Classical Mythology: Images & Insights, 6th edition
By S. Harris & G. Platzner
Published by McGraw-Hill, 2011
CL CV 2780-001 :: Graeco-Roman Sport as Religion & Culture
Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
By D.G. Kyle
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2006
The Roman Games: A Sourcebook
By A. Futrell Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2006
Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources, 3rd ed. rev.
By S.G. Miller
Published by University of California Press, 2004
LATIN 3610/4610-001 :: Third & Fourth Year Prose
Suetonius: Divus Augustus
Edited by J. Clark
Published by Bristol Classical Texts, 1991
Res Gestae Divi Augusti
Edited by R. Wallace
Published by Bolchazy-Carducci, 2000
Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars
Translated by R. Graves; revised by J. Rives
Published by Penguin Classics, 2007
ISBN 9780140455168 [The Oxford edition would be fine as well]
For upper level Latin I also recommend buying a good Latin dictionary and grammar. I typically recommend C. Lewis' An Elementary Latin Dictionary from Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780199102051 and A. Mahoney's revised edition of Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar from Focus Publishing, ISBN 9781585100422.
There are, however, a number of apps now available through iTunes for iPods, iPads and iPhones that provide good dictionary and grammar resources at a much lower price and in a much more portable form. I'll be doing a post on these in the next week or so.