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comp.risks for the ancient world

Tell me about ancient engiineering projects that failed. [more inside]
posted by rdr on Aug 8, 2014 - 13 answers

World's Oldest Primeval Forest?

Can anyone tell me where the world's oldest forest might be? I'm wondering what place on Earth may have escaped the glaciers, catastrophic flooding, giant meteor impacts, volcanos, etc. I'm not interested in the world's oldest trees, or even the forest that's been least disturbed by human activity. I looking for the longest unbroken chain of terrestrial life.
posted by bonobothegreat on Feb 23, 2014 - 20 answers

Oldest artifact passed down through a family

What is the oldest family heirloom still in possession of the family, not a museum? [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Feb 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Where are all the ancient architectural drawings?

I do quite a bit of drawing and designing; when I read about ancient (b.c.e.) construction projects, I really, really want to see what ancient design drawings looked like. So far I've found next to bupkis, but still pretty fascinating stuff for what little it amounts to. Where can I find more of that, from any culture b.c.e.? I can't imagine that e.g. Hatshepsut's Temple or the Palace at Knossos were not drawn out beforehand, especially since simple groves like the one at that Met Museum link were. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jan 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you identify the group playing this ancient pagan Slavic music?

Music buffs of the Eastern European, pre-Christian/pagan and generally history-oriented sort: I stumbled upon a youtube video of what, as far as I can make out, is a group performing ancient pagan Slavic music. Fascinating stuff and I want more of it. Can anyone help me identify the group? Are there other groups like this? Thanks!
posted by tidecat on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

It's permanent, so it better be accurate!

I'm looking to get a tattoo I've wanted for years - "this too shall pass", but specifically in Ancient Greek. It's very important to me that it's Ancient, not modern. Where/how would I go about finding an accurate translation? How can I verify that it *is* in fact ancient? Many thanks in advance!
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jun 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Outdated IT equipment - anything better to do with it than recycling?

I have a temp job tidying IT store rooms. We're gonna throw away (I mean recycle) loads of stuf, like hundreds of kettle (power) leads, couple dozen first gen Cisco VoIP phones. Any better ideas? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Alexandria - the reading list

I'm looking for solid histories of Alexandria (Egypt, not Virginia). Overviews are good, as are works more specifically social, intellectual, military, or economic. I'm particularly interested in ancient and Napoleonic information, but all suggestions are welcome! Web resources are welcome as well as print works; I have access to ILL and an academic library.
posted by catlet on Apr 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Seeking recommendations for films about Jewish art and architecture

I am looking for some great movies about the history of Jewish art and architecture. I am most curious to learn about ancient and medieval Judaica, but if you know of treatments of modern Jewish art and architecture that would be good to know about too. Any recommendations would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Apr 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for Books of the Ancients

So I'm jonesing for some science fiction of a particular nature. Specifically stories that deal in the Precursors trope. [more inside]
posted by SilverTail on Mar 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Ancient greek origins of separation of powers?

Somewhere I read an interpretation of the development of democracy in Ancient Greece that went something like this: A king died and three princes struggled to seize power. No one prince was strong enough to defeat the others. They made a deal that one would be responsible for military matters, the second for administrative matters, and the third for religious. This system proved relatively effective and was continued, eventually on a non-hereditary basis, and is the original source for the separation of powers between different branches of government. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Greek Mythology Reading Recommendations

Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Nov 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Help clue me in on the meaning/significance of this souvenir.

What is this Greek pendant? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Writer researching ancient Egypt looking for assistance

I'm researching ancient Egypt for a Middle Grade book, and I'd love to find an expert or two whose brains I can pick. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Point Me to Good Histories of Ancient India

I need recommendations for histories of ancient India, with particular emphasis on the role/influence of the Hellenic states, development of Buddhism, what might have happened to the Indo-Greeks in the longer term, etc. Also, it would be interesting to read about Alexander's invasion and its aftermath from the Indian viewpoint, i.e, by Indian scholars using Indian sources.
posted by justcorbly on Mar 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Credible texts on psych behind UFO religions/cults?

Credible academic books that look at psychology behind "UFO religions" or people that believe in ancient astronauts? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Feb 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Virtue Formation and Narrative in Ancient Contexts

Virtue ethics filter: I'm looking for some good research that shows a connection in ancient thought between narrative and emulating virtuous models for moral development. That is, what was the understood or pragmatic relationship between story telling and becoming like those who the stories portrayed? Any suggestions?
posted by SpacemanStix on Feb 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How prevalent was atheism in ancient civilizations?

How prevalent was atheism in ancient civilizations? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Feb 7, 2012 - 33 answers

While Rome burns

What tunes would the roman emperor Nero have been likely to have played on his fiddle?
posted by Artw on Jan 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Social Media 0.01

I'm curious about military communication methods from before radio - how armies coordinated maneuvers and formations without it. I'm also curious which preradio communications methods would most be of use to modern protesters in urban settings should they be unable to use modern wireless devices. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jan 4, 2012 - 26 answers

Movies about ancient India or China?

Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Historical-fictional novel of ancient life

I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!] [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Dec 20, 2011 - 16 answers

wood carving of a horse head from India

My friend just bought a wood carving of a horse head (Pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4). It's supposedly from India and about 200-300 years old. Furthermore, the seller told us people used to hang them in pairs on the sides of their door as a status symbol (hence the wrought iron nail through the chest). [more inside]
posted by mahershalal on Oct 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Most exciting ancient battles

What are some of the most interesting historical war/rebellion stories from ancient times? Specifically interested in great true stories from ancient Greece, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Middle Eastern areas. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Why is politics a noble profession ?

Why is politics a noble profession? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 5, 2011 - 12 answers

uote about the evils of writing or technology

Looking for an ancient greek quote about the evils of writing or technology. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Apr 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Obviously I Am Not an Alcoholic

How old is too old, with regards to my dusty liquor cabinet? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Ancient A-bomb possible?

Based on this article, how would it have been possible to create a nuclear bomb with primitive materials? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Nov 3, 2010 - 19 answers

time travel is not an option.

After a visit to my parents' attic, I have in my possession a Macintosh computer that is old enough to drive a car. It has on its hard drive everything I did in middle school and early high school. What can be done. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Sep 1, 2010 - 18 answers

Environmental history.

Environmental ancient history. I'm after examples in history (the further back the better) where efforts were made to protect, restore or otherwise preserve the environment. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Aug 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find Ancient Britain on film

Ancient Britain on film (hill forts, Celts)? Or even earlier (Beaker people, Stonehenge)? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Apr 18, 2010 - 7 answers

What corpuses of ancient languages do you know of?

The Sumerian post on the blue pointed us to an index of extant Sumerian works by category. What other ancient languages have this, digital or not? Specifically I'm interested in Agriculture and Farm topics but anything's good. [more inside]
posted by jwells on Mar 3, 2010 - 5 answers

ancient latin translation II

I have a lead medallion (about 150mm dia) which has the following inscription : side #1 ESAVO MC SM [] SORDCMPUAESE {picture of a pikeman} SV side#2 PCM POMEVSAVSEBVCIM * 1309 * {picture of a king} ED The A/R and U/V are a bit interchangable and the last M has three loops. Please find some scans here If anyone could translate or tell me more about it I would be very grateful. All the best Dren
posted by Dren on Feb 21, 2010 - 7 answers

ancient latin translation

I have a lead medallion (about 150mm dia) which has the following inscription : side #1 ESAVO MC SM [] SORDCMPUAESE {picture of a pikeman} SV side#2 PCM POMEVSAVSEBVCIM * 1309 * {picture of a king} ED The A/R abd U/V are a bit interchangable and the last M has three loops. If anyone could translate or tell me more about it I would be very grateful, cheers
posted by Dren on Jan 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me not rust away

Restoring a badly rusted battleaxe and need advice [more inside]
posted by Iron Rat on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Language/society where the word for love is the same as the word for hate?

I seem to remember hearing or reading about an ancient society whose word for love was the same as their word for hate. But searching online I can't find anything like that. What culture/language was this? Or did someone just make up this story?
posted by Josh Coe on Nov 3, 2009 - 3 answers

In Search of Ancient Astronaut Pix

In Search Of..... an illustration of an 'ancient astronaut' from one of Erich Von Daniken's early books. [more inside]
posted by maryh on Jul 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Historybusters?

What is the TV show in which people recreate ancient technology? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me identify old pottery.

Can you help me identify these two pieces of greek art, possibly located in Boston? Figure 1 - Figure 2 [more inside]
posted by Baldons on May 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Name that Ancient Greek Writing Convention

Name that Ancient Greek writing convention: The "Gearing Up" scene. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Feb 24, 2009 - 13 answers

How do you pronounce 'κινειν'?

Greek speakers needed! How do you pronounce 'κινειν' in both modern and ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by amery on Jan 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Once upon a time in the ancient civilizations, there were...uh...

Ancient Civilizations Crash Course: I have to teach a course beginning in February...and I don't know anything! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 - 20 answers

ancient chinese

This is an ancient chinese inscription on an antique vase... thousands of years old. Can anyone translate it or let us know what kind of dragon this is or if it realates to any story... anything would help. Thanks your help is greatly appreciated [more inside]
posted by colusa on Oct 10, 2008 - 10 answers

I crave age.

What's the oldest man-made thing I can buy for €1500-2000? [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Settle for less in greek, please

[ancient latin or greek-filter] For an mock ceremony at a party for an friend I need some help with some translations to latin or greek to some diplomas. What would "Settle for less" or "Aspiring to mediocrity" or "Aiming for second place" become in ancient latin or greek? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer on Oct 15, 2007 - 7 answers

Ancient Dutch to English

Looking for accurate English translations of two poems written in ancient Dutch. [more inside]
posted by lhall on Jul 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Jokes re Ancient Egypt & Pyramids

Any jokes with the theme of Pyramids, Ancient Egypt or Joseph (Dreamcoat)? [more inside]
posted by pettins on May 15, 2006 - 4 answers

Should I even bother trying to learn ancient Greek?

I want to read Plato in the original Greek. Unfortunately, I don't know any. [more inside]
posted by sid on Mar 6, 2006 - 27 answers

Resource-friendly popular software alternatives?

Any recommendations on software alternatives that are more resources friendly than their mainstream competitors? Examples: Firefox vs. IE, Winamp vs. ITunes, alternate anti-virus programs, etc.
posted by sian on Dec 18, 2005 - 18 answers

Smokivivs Maximvs!

This week on Rome: Did ancient Romans smoke? What did they smoke, by Jupiter? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Sep 5, 2005 - 16 answers

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