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September 25, 2011


Zooming in again and again!

Happy to know someone else still cares about Xerxes. He had his tomb carved out of rock in the sky.

(Though it's hard to say how much good that's doing him now.)

did you see 'my' swimming reindeer? Please tell me you saw my swimming reindeer! Had I known you'd be there we could have met up, by the swimming reindeer, of course!

Hope you're having a lovely visit! :-) x

Yeah what a great place the British Museum.I noticed that the commentary on some the exhibits seem to take pains to explain that they were obtained lawfully from the people in charge where they came.With the Elgin marbles,if i remember right,the museum essentially says we have them,its a good thing we do because we saved them from further destruction and we are not giving them back.This comes to mind because i am reading Christopher Hitchens new book "Arguably" and Hitchens has argued and continues to argue the marbles were stolen and ought to be returned.i don't have strong opinions either way but from a purely selfish point of view i hope to see that awe inspiring exhibit again in the British Museum

You are such a good guide to these antiquities. You have gotten some splendid photos. Aren't digital cameras wonderful?

Oh, I somehow thought you weren't blogging till you got back! And here is all this wondrous trip-loot...

Don't quite see how you could walk past the Assyrian hall. I remember tears springing to my eyes when I walked in at nineteen. (Or was it twenty?) But the BM is perfectly marvelous.

So Artemisia commanded five ships at the Battle of Salamis. Interesting. I wonder what truth there is in the story of how she died.

The British Museum was a highlight of our trip to London two years ago, and we didn't see everything so it's on the top of my list for next time. Even the art museums, though amazing, were second best to this place. Glad you are enjoying yourself!

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.