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Carnivalesque XXV 25 March 2007

Posted by Troels in : Archaeology, Carnival, Late Antiquity , trackback

Carnivalesque ButtonWelcome to Carnivalesque XXV - an ancient/medieval edition. Im also pleased to welcome you to my blog, Iconoclasm, that mainly deals with issues in late antique archaeology and history. Lets see what the blogging world has been up to lately.

The Present Past
Mary Beard attended an event in London organized by the Campaign for the Restitution of the Elgin Marbles and was surprised to find that a very sober relationship currently exists between the restitutionists and British Museum officials. Meanwhile, here in Athens, the construction of the New Acropolis Museum, set to house the Elgin marbles on their eventual return, is well underway. I offered some pictures of the current state of the construction. Its planned to open before the end of this year. When it does, itll stand as a powerful monument for the campaign to return the marbles to Athens.

Dorothy King the PhDiva discussed the conditions of archaeology in contemporary conflict zones.

David at Studenda Mira tackled the complex stratigraphy of the Roman cityscape, in this case the Porta Salaria. He also offered some thoughts on late antique Yemen.

Fiction can be a powerful method of communicating research and making the past feel present. This is demonstrated by Mark Rayner at The Skwib in his post Thag not got milk! And what better way to recreate the past than to stir up some medieval dishes from the recipes kindly offered by Gillian Pollack?

The Art of Interpretation
According to much media hype, the tomb of Jesus been located in a Jerusalem suburb. Can it be true? Well, its all a matter of interpretation. Jodi Magness on the AIA website delivered a forceful NO, whereas blogger extraordinaire Alun Salt gave us lots of discussion and a podcast over at Clioaudio.

Over at the Archaeolog, Elissa Faro discussed the interpretation of figurines from Crete.

At Philolog, Adam Bravo gave us some thoughts on the Roman emperor Julians spin doctor.

At the Movies
The film adaptation of Frank Millers 300 has opened in many parts of the world. It has been very successful here in Greece, where last night (when I saw it) the cinema was packed in spite of fierce competition from the Turkey-Greece football game that took place at the same time. Mustafa Akyol at The White Path offers a devastating critique of the movies orientalism and portrayal of Sparta as a bastion of democracy. Stephen at Ten Thousand Things gives some tips how to enjoy the movie after all. I have, more or less, come to the same conclusions

The Gracchi at Westminster Wisdom saw Robert Bressons The Trial of Joan dArc.

Matt Page at the Bible Films Blog discussed depictions of the devil in Hollywood, and Bollywood too.

Thats it for this edition of Carnivalesque. Many thanks to all those that submitted entries! Also, dont forget that Carnivalesque is looking for future hosts. The next edition will focus on the early modern period.

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