All in a day's work

Wednesday, 7 March 2007 11:00
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Yesterday, leaving work at around 7pm, I realised that I had spent three hours of the day teaching (lecture on sources for Julius Caesar; lecture on Roman houses; seminar on issues and problems with Pompeii) and three and a half learning things (2-hour Italian class1; 1.5 hour Leeds Classical Association lecture on ancient entertainments as illuminated by inscriptions from Aphrodisias and Ephesus). And I wasn't even going home, either - I was going to have dinner with some colleagues and the lady who had delivered the Classical Association lecture, Prof. Charlotte Roueché.

I'd not met her before, but wow! She was amazing. A firebolt of energy, fantastically interested in everything and everyone around her (related to her subject or not), extremely insightful and superbly well able to communicate her specialist area in all its complexity to non-experts, and have them laughing along and utterly absorbed in what she had to say. That's what I want to be like when I grow up, please.

It was a great day, though. One of those where you feel wrapped up and stimulated by everything going on around you, and it's all so exciting that you don't feel tired at all. Well, not until the end of our meal, anyway, by which time I had faded like a wilting violet, and was fighting unsuccessfully to suppress yawns...

Now today I have just spent the whole of the last two hours writing important emails and filling in a rather silly risk assessment form for the trip I will be taking students on to Lincoln: "Is the area politically stable?"; "Are at least two members of the party competent in the local language?"; "Have the local police been consulted?". Um... I know Lincoln has its dodgy areas, just like any town, but seriously - the most dangerous thing my students will be doing on the trip is crossing the road... just like they do every day.

Time for a bit of lecture preparation, I think.
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1. During which we made origami penguins and told each other how to make our favourite recipes.

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Friday, 5 November 2004 15:22
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I think I've done this before as part of a larger quiz. But since it's now doing the rounds as a meme in its own right:

Book snippet meme
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal, along with these instructions:

"The quindecemviri of sacred affairs declare: On the day before the Ides of June, we will give a beast-hunt [in... and begin games of the circus...]"

It is from an inscription recording the presentation of Ludi Saeculares by Augustus: super-special games in Rome which were held only once a century. The inscription is a bit damaged, hence the square brackets and dots at this point. Quindecemviri are just a board of fifteen men; the day before the Ides of June was what we call June 12th. This is actually line 163 of the original inscription: it's a damned long one.

The book was a sourcebook entitled The Roman Empire: Augustus to Hadrian edited by Robert
Sherk (1988).

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