Tag Archives: Mary Beard

re-use saves abuse

In earlier times pagan temples were converted in Christian churches, mausoleums made to serve as fortresses, sarcophagi put to use as bathtubs: by such thrifty and practical expedients untold treasures from classical antiquity have been preserved from ruin and destruction… … Continue reading

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re-use it: grab it while you can

In earlier times pagan temples were converted into Christian churches: the key to the terrible attrition of the ancient buildings cannot be put on the shoulders of barbarians and zealots. No, it was the thrift instinct. By the practical expedient … Continue reading

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pleasures of re-use

..in earlier times pagan temples were converted into Christian churches, mausoleums made to serve as fortresses, sarcophagi put to use as bathtubs: By such thrifty and practical expedients untold treasures from classical antiquity have been preserved from ruin and destruction… … Continue reading

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antiquity: thrifty and expedient

…One wonders in looking at the the desolation of the Roman Forum or the Athenian Agora, of all the architectural splendor which once adorned these centres, why there is so little to see. Why have so many buildings vanished entirely … Continue reading

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know your place: 11 candles

Do the great unwashed deserve a minute of silence at the Olympic games? Rationally, No. If looked at within the confines of the Arab-Israel conflict spilled over into the Olympiad, it was unfortunate. But within a larger context, its a … Continue reading

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gold rings in a Cretan dark age

It was unearthed in a burial chamber of a Minoan princess. It indicated that Crete, even in its “dark age” nourished a brilliant civilization…. “An unusual find was made however, close to the entrance to the side chamber, when the … Continue reading

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DON’T BE SHY:STUFF YOUR GOBS

There is no shortage of  sexual objects from antiquity  A few obvious examples spring to mind straight away: the erotic collection of frescoes, mosaics and statues from Pompeii is world-famous, while the Greeks too were masters at outlining explicit sex … Continue reading

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POMPEII NIGHT TRIPPER : Don’t Disturb Sign Between the Ruins

I took a midnight walk in the ruins /Guess I was looking for your face /I felt a chill in the air/ I knew then I was in the right place/ Turned over a blue stone just to see what … Continue reading

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POMPEII: Gods Indifferent To The Power of Prayer

When the ruins came to light, they caused a revolution in taste-stripping away rococo gilt, reshaping the female figure, and leaving deposit of pseudo-Greek temples from Moscow to Mississippi- although what sometimes passed for “classical” would have bewildered the ancients. … Continue reading

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