Quick Hits and Varia

This has been a crazy week!

  • Monday was “Clean Monday” (Καθαρά Δευτέρα).  It’s the first day of Orthodox Lent (and the day after the end of Carnival).  It is traditionally celebrated by eating seafood (particularly shellfish) and flying kites.  It is a significant holiday.
  • Tuesday and Thursday saw lectures, and so will today, Friday. 
    • Tuesday was Oleg Grabar who talked about the “object in and object of Islamic Art”.  He explored the history of the study of Islamic art and sought to consider its future directions as only a scholar who had close to 5 decades in the field could. 
    • Thursday was Theo Kopestonsky’s Tea Talk which continued to develop her research on the the sanctuary of the nymphs at Kokkinovrysi.  She elegantly placed her shrine \within a highly romanticized version of the Corinthian landscape.  
    • Later that evening Bogdan Maleon presented the a working paper on the political theory behind mutilation in the Byzantine state.
    • Tonight is the Open Meeting of the American School.  Jack Davis will review the work of American School projects.  Guy Sanders will present recent work of the Corinth Excavations with Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst and Sarah James.
  • Linda Jones Hall was in town.
  • imagePyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project is getting busy:
    • We installed Omeka on a server at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
    • We are beginning to use a private wiki (an easily updated web page) to help us organize our upcoming field season (http://pkap.wikidot.com/).  We can collaborate in producing lists of supplies, dates of student arrivals, et c.  Scott Moore, David Pettegrew, and I are experimenting with it now.  We’ll open it up to the rest of the senior staff once we work out the kinks.
    • The University of North Dakota’s Office of University Relations prepared a nice press release for Emerging Cypriot.  Now that we have six of the shorts posted online, we want to begin to lure in more of the non-blog-reading public!The Office of University Relations does a great job at keeping PKAP in the public eye in North Dakota.
    • Our second annual report has appeared in the 2007 volume of the Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.  This volume is dedicated to the memory of Danielle Parks.  Congratulations to the RDAC staff for producing a substantial volume in a prompt way!
    • The the two volumes of the L. W. Sorensen and K. W. Jacobsen’s Panayia Ematousa: A Rural Site in South-eastern Cyprus (Athens 2006) hold significant import for the study of Pyla-Koutsopetria.  Panayia Ematousa is only about 12 km inland from Pyla-Koutsopetria and provides a well documented assemblage of pottery to compare to the finds from Pyla-Koutsopetria.
  • imageByzantium at large:
    • In a March 2, 2008 review of his book Lush Life in the New York Times, Richard Price was quoted as saying:
      “About the Lower East Side today, Mr. Price said, “This place is like Byzantium. It’s tomorrow, yesterday — anyplace but today.” He added that he sometimes thinks of the neighborhood as a very busy ghost town, where many of the ghosts milling around still speak Yiddish.”
    • In a New York Review of Books review of John Broughton’s book, Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, Nicholson Baker compared Wikipedia‘s use of the public-domain 1911 Britannica to the Medieval use of spolia: “The fragments from original sources persist like those stony bits of classical buildings incorporated in a medieval wall.” 
    • I can’t say that Julia Kristeva’s Murder in Byzantium is a quick read.
  • Blogs:
  • An odds or an ends: A recent call went out from my department head, Kimberly Porter, that the Art Department at UND was looking to get rid of a collection of glass type slides “of the old type”… “many of which are photos of this persons’ journeys around the world.”  I claimed them. 
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