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Real-life inspirations behind Odyssean myths?

This BBC Earth article suggests possible real backgrounds for the lotus of lotus-eaters (Λωτοφάγοι), Cyclopes, moly, Scylla, Charybdis, and the cattle of Helios. I generally find it quite difficult to be truly convinced with these, but some of them might ring true. I do know that many mythological characters and myths themselves can be plausibly explained. I think, for instance, that we recently outlined Amazons’ background not totally unsuccessfully.
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Oxford Classical Dictionary

I'm wondering whether I should ask Santa to bring me the Oxford Classical Dictionary. However, the BMCR doesn't exactly praise the 4th edition and some amazon.co.uk reviewers actually seem to prefer (or almost) older editions. Any opinions?

The Cambridge Green & Yellow on the 5th book of Herodotus I'm currently reading makes constant reference to the OCD – not very surprising, since both are edited by Simon Hornblower.
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The origin of the alphabet

Barry Powell's theory on the origin of the Greek alphabet was raised on this thread. Personally, I'm not very convinced about his idea that the alphabet was invented for the express purpose of writing down hexameter poetry.

On the other hand, a book I found fascinating was Roger D. Woodard's Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer. I hope I'm not misrepresenting it, but the main idea is that the Greek alphabet was created by scribes ...
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Please recommend book on Roman government and religion

I'm reviewing to prepare for the Praxis test for Latin, to become a teacher of Latin in the US schools.

Could you recommend one or two books that cover Roman culture, and particularly that cover the following two study topics for the test?

"Be familiar with Roman government and civic life (e.g. cursus honorum, legal system, etc.)"

"Be familiar with Roman religion and religious practices (e.g. polytheism, ritual sacrifice, Lares et Penates, etc.)"
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krios : a dagger?

In Crete a Minoan dagger was excavated resembling Gr akinakes which had a ram or lion head on the cross-bar.
A krios battering-ram on a heliopolis tower on wheels had a ram's-head engraved on the triangular points of the device of 5th cent BCE. Sparta had triangular-bladed daggers and Krios was a Laconian seer to a local deity.
Today Crete produces modern daggers named krios which are "traditional" meaning 2 centuries old.
So has anyone ...
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Salvete, amici carissimi.
Ego sum magistra latinae et graecae linguae apud Lyceum italicum.
Hoc forum, ut videtur, est validus: Vobis gratiam reddo, quoniam me acceptastis.
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Greek/Roman "Object of the Day"?


I was wondering whether there is online some sort of "Object of the Day" (or week or month) for Greek/Roman antiquity? Perhaps by some museum or other, presenting an object (image), describing and explaining it, perhaps putting it into a wider context.


Carolus Raeticus
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influence of ancient Greece on China

"Archaeologists say inspiration for the Terracotta Warriors, found at the Tomb of the First Emperor near today's Xian, may have come from Ancient Greece."

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Found: Cambridge Ancient History


I found scanned versions of all 14 books of the series "Cambridge Ancient History" (mostly 2nd edition, but some also of the 3rd and 1st edition). Links can be found on my homepage, in the Various Links-section.


Carolus Raeticus
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Bookshelves of ancient Greeks and Romans

Would wealthy Greeks and Romans put up stacks of bookshelves at home? What would they read during leisure?
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