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"A collection of Russian fairytales translated from the Russian of Nikolai Polevoy, a notable editor, writer, translator in the early 19th century. The translations were made by Robert Nisbet Bain, a British historian who worked for the British Museum, and a polyglot who could reportedly speak over twenty languages fluently. He famously taught himself Hungarian in order that he could read the works of Mór Jókai in the original after first reading him in German, going on to become the most prolific translator into English from Hungarian in the nineteenth century." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Baba Yaga! - Eivind
@eivind you know (about) Baba Yaga? o_O - A. T.
Baba Yaga and other Fairytales: - justcupoftea
I do, silpol. I don't remember when I first encountered her, but I know I encountered her in The Secret History of Moscow, by Ekaterina Sedia :) - Eivind
^ just... wow - A. T.
@justcupoftea thanks! - A. T.
"The cooperative network Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies is dedicated to academic dialogue in the field of Oriental manuscript studies with the focus on the Mediterranean and North African cultural areas. It organizes conferences and workshops; publishes journals and monographs; issues a regular mailing list; and facilitates exchange and cooperation in related fields" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Dyeing for Color | The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
Dyeing for Color | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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"This fall I planted saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) corms in the bed devoted to the medieval plants used by artists and craftsmen. I was pleasantly surprised that within a handful of weeks, the infamous saffron crocus was in bloom. The C. sativus is a type of autumn-blooming crocus (yes, that's right: it blooms in the autumn, not the spring) with origins in southern Europe and southwestern Asia, and probably stems from the wild crocus (Crocus cartwrightianus) native to the Greek island of Crete and mainland Greece (Cardon 302)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"C. sativus is attractive, with its fragrant, lilac-purple flowers and characteristic three red stigmas and yellow anthers. Crocus comes from the Greek krokos, meaning thread, and refers to the plants' slender stigmas. The stigmas are hand-picked, ideally on a sunny morning when the flowers have fully opened, and then dried, giving us the world's most expensive spice: saffron. The... more... - Maitani
Happy Birthday to ToddlerX!
Happy birthday, little guy! - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy Birthday namesake! :) - Pete
happy birthday toddlerx! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy birthday! - Maitani
happy birthday! - ellbeecee
Yes! Happy birthday to him! - Marianne
Happy Birthday!! - Hedgehog
Happy birthday! - Prairie & I Know It
Thank you so much! #toddlerx is now. Mr. 3. So far today we have both had tantrums by way of celebration. - laura x
Happy, happy birthday Mr. 3 and may the tantrums result in useful purges of all that is overwhelming. - Galadriel C.
2015 утра
Can’t get up in the morning to be on time for work? Too lazy to go to the gym? Homework remains undone until the last minute? Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. The blame lies with your inner pig dog (Innerer Schweinehund).
This is a good list, these expressions are being used readily in informal speech, at least in my environment. We ARE weird. - Maitani
Fremdschämen actually is the Spanish shame or vergüenza ajena if I got this one right. - 2015 утра
I had to look up "Spanish shame"/vergüenza ajena, and yes, the meanings match each other. Fremdschämen can't be used in formal context though. - Maitani
As to Treppenwitz, the article describes the meaning of l'esprit de l'escalier,on which the German phrase is calqued. But I think the word is mostly used in the combination "Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte", "an irony of history". - Maitani
Tarle even mentions the book named "Treppenwitz der Geschichte" in the first meaning. - 2015 утра
Wasn't the title "Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte"? Hm, and who is Tarle? - Maitani
Tarle is the prominent Russian historian; this title is mentioned in his work "Napoleon's invasion into Russia": "Есть целая книга (Герстлетта), называющаяся «Остроумие на лестнице» (Der Treppen-witz der Geschichte), специально посвященная таким позднее присочиненным остроумным «историческим» словам и выходкам, которые на самом деле никогда не происходили, но пришли в голову лишь... more... - 2015 утра
But it seems you're right, as Wiki says: „Seine außergewöhnliche Belesenheit und historische Bildung verwertete er als Mitarbeiter an Büchmanns 'Geflügelten Worten' und für sein, ähnlich dem 'Büchmann' berühmt gewordenes Werk 'Der Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichte'. So it is obviously a mistake. - 2015 утра
Thank you for the information on Tarle. :-) - Maitani
He is actually considered one of the best Russian historians of the 19 century. I'd recommend his major works (such as The Crimean War, which is also easily accessible on many sites to any amateur as the best starting point. - 2015 утра
The Crimean War sounds interesting. I would have to have a look into an English or German edition. I am not capable of reading longer texts in Russian. - Maitani
Ancient Scrolls, Burned in Vesuvius Volcano Eruption, Deciphered by Advanced X-Ray Scans - Scientific American -
Ancient Scrolls, Burned in Vesuvius Volcano Eruption, Deciphered by Advanced X-Ray Scans - Scientific American
"Scientists in Italy have managed to decipher text on a badly scorched papyrus roll from Herculaneum, a town destroyed with Pompeii in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD. The imaging technique they used may allow archaeologists to analyse other texts previously thought to be too badly damaged to read." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Hundreds of carbonised papyrus rolls were excavated from the ‘Villa of the Papyri’ in Herculaneum in 1754, said to contain the only surviving library from antiquity. Many of the texts were later stored in the National Library of Naples and several were given to Napoléon Bonaparte as a gift in 1802." - Maitani
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books -
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
"There are two ways, perhaps, of looking at Franciso Goya,” writes Colm Tóibín in the Review’s December 18, 2014 issue. In the first version, Goya, who was born near Zaragoza in 1746 and died in exile in France in 1828, “was almost innocent, a serious and ambitious artist interested in mortality and beauty, but also playful and mischievous, until politics and history darkened his imagination…. In the second version, it is as though a war was going on within Goya’s psyche from the very start…. His imagination was ripe for horror.” We present below a series of prints and paintings from the show under review—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s “Goya: Order and Disorder,” now closed—along with commentary on the images drawn from Tóibín’s piece." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Recovering Assur | The ASOR Blog -
Recovering Assur | The ASOR Blog
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"Perched on the western bank of the Tigris River just about the confluence with the Lesser Zab River, Assur was settled at least since the late Early Dynastic period (about 2500 B.C.). In the beginning of the second millennium, the Old Assyrian period, Assur became the capital of a first Assyrian state and was an important town with a widespread trading network reaching from Iran and Babylonia to Anatolia, trading in metals and textiles. Assur’s location enabled the town to control the trade routes in all directions. In the second half of the second millennium Assur became the capital of the Middle Assyrian Empire. Though in the 9th century the mighty Neo-Assyrian kings had moved to other towns and built their residences in nearby Nimrud, Khorsabad, and Nineveh, Assur still was the religious center of Assyria: the temple of the national god Ashur remained in this town. Some Assyrian kings even returned to Assur after their death, and were buried in the so-called Old Palace, the palace of the forefathers." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Happy birthday bestie!
Happy birthday bestie!
Happy birthday, J-Wo! - Prairie & I Know It from Android
All the hearts and all the feels. I love you too - Johnny
Happy birthday, Johnny! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
happy happy birthday sir johnny! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Happy birthday, Johnny! - Corinne L
Happy birthday, J! :D - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday! - Maitani
Happy birthday Johnny :) - Pete
Happy birthday :) - Eivind
Merry Christmas everyone! ;-)
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Merry Christmas :) - Eivind
Merry Christmas. Amira! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous Christmas tree again. :-) - Maitani
Merry Christmas :) - jose manuel
Thank you! Merry Christmas Eivind, Maitani and Jose! :-) - Amira
Merry Christmas, Amira :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Merry Christmas, Sepi! :-) - Amira
bellissimo, issimo - obe
BBC News - Toy trains from the past 200 years -
BBC News - Toy trains from the past 200 years
"What is it about toy trains that has continued to entertain children, admittedly mostly boys, for nearly two centuries? A major new exhibition is about to find out." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"They ran to your own personal timetable. Engineering work at weekends was rare. And there were never leaves on the line, just the occasional bit of fluff from the living room carpet. For decades, toy trains have enthralled generations of youngsters - and this coming March the National Railway Museum, in York, looks into why children love them so much, in its exhibition Playing Trains." - Maitani
I had a huge train set when I was small. - Greg GuitarBuster
When my son was small, we began to buy toy trains and train sets, just because we were so thrilled about playing with them.The boy never got excited about them. - Maitani
Happy Birthday, Bren! You're a great friend and a debonair gentleman. I hope you are able to celebrate today!
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Happy Birthday Bren! <3 - Pea Bukowski from Flucso
Thank you! - Bren from iPhone
HB! - micia
Happy birthday! :-) - Maitani
Happy Birthday, Bren! - Half Pint
Happy birthday! - Prairie & I Know It from Android
Happy birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday! - Brent Schaus
Thanks, everyone! - Bren from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Anika
Have a wonderful birthday, Bren! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Hope you are celebrating yourself! You are a wonderful addition to our mortal world. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Happy birthday :* - SignoraLiú from FFHound(roid)!
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Bday Bren - VALZONE#NEWHIP
Happy Birthday, Smoochy Lips! - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Happy B, B. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, Bren! - Corinne L
happy bday! - holly #ravingfangirl
Bumpity. - Kristin from iPhone
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
happy birthday :) - strega ❄ from FFHound!
Thank you! Grazie! I appreciate it, everyone! - Bren
Auguri, Bren! - Roux
Happy Birthday man - Mo Kargas
Happy birthday, Bren! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday, Bren :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی from iPhone
Happy birthday! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday :) - Eivind from Android
happy b!! - Franc, a rememberer from FFHound!
Thanks again, everyone! Such a great community. <3 - Bren from iPhone
Late to the party, but I'm in Miami and living on Latin time. ;) Happy Birthday, friend! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Thanks, A! You're in Miami? - Bren from iPhone
Yep. For bout 2 years, and will prolly be for 1 more. (Bot's job) Nice vacation spot, but it ain't my idea of home. #getmethehelloutofFL ;) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Do you remember Corie Jones? She's in Miami. - Bren from iPhone
Yep. Every time I see a fire truck, I wonder if she's in it. :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Anna - You should get onboard with #getmetoPNW. :) - Kristin from iPhone
Kristin, but for reals tho. We're actually planning our next move (discussing states/towns& cities) Just waiting for hubby's jobby job to be done. I don't like it here, but he HATES it here. He a liberal, crunchy dude. I'm somewhere between granola and condescending a-hole. ;P - AHnix (Anna Haro)
I feel you. Texas is up there on the crazy conservative scale. Portland or Seattle might be good for y'all! - Kristin from iPhone
^^^totally! - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Austin is pretty granola - Yolanda
Now Available Online – From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad | kleos@CHS -
Now Available Online – From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad | kleos@CHS
"The Center for Hellenic Studies is pleased to announce the online publication of From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad, by Christos Tsagalis on the CHS website." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"What do we mean by “space” in the Iliad? The aim of this book is to offer a systematic and comprehensive presentation of the different types and functions of space in the earliest work of Greek literature. By adopting a twofold division between simple and embedded story space, the former pertaining to the actions of characters and the latter to their thoughts, Christos Tsagalis shows how character drawing and authority are deeply influenced by active spatial representation." - Maitani
Recycled pallet vertical garden -
Recycled pallet vertical garden
Recycled pallet vertical garden
Recycled pallet vertical garden
I'd really like to make something like this. :-) - Maitani
It is best vertical garden I have seen and so easy to make. - Mahdi
Maybe next year I'll try. :-) - Maitani
I have a pallet in my farm which I will convert it to a beautiful vertical garden at this weekend :) - Mahdi
And those pallets are easy to get, even free. I bookmarked the page! - Maitani
well done Maitani :) - Mahdi
Wow. How is the weather/the temperatures where you live? :-)) - Maitani
I am living in tropical region. Here is warm in entire the year :) - Mahdi
looks so good!!great idea! - Eliza Piticari
I made one back in April ( The hot weather and my idiot dog hasn't been nice to my succulents, but they are filling in. - Anika
That's great Anika, I am going to make it soon. Just I am worried about my naughty goats :) - Mahdi
Oooohhhhh. Stuff it with moss and plant it with orchids ... *plotting* - Shannon - GlassMistress
چه خوبن. انگار از تو دیوار گل در آمده - وارَش
بسیار جالبه من می‌خوام این رو درست کنم :) - Mahdi
من هم دوست دارم. شاید درستش کردم - وارَش
‘Persia’ and the western imagination | OUPblog -
‘Persia’ and the western imagination | OUPblog
"Iran has long had a difficult relationship with the West. Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 overthrew the monarchy and established an Islamic Republic, Iran has been associated in the popular consciousness with militant Islam and radical anti-Westernism. ‘Persia’ by contrast has long been a source of fascination in the Western imagination eliciting both awe and contempt that only familiarity can bring. Indeed if ‘Iran’ seems altogether alien to us, ‘Persia’ seems strangely familiar. There are few cultural icons or aspirations that we would associate with Iran; there are by contrast quite a few we would relate to Persia, most obviously carpets, the occasional cat and for the truly affluent, caviar. That these two words would elicit such dramatically different associations is all the more striking because they are describing the same place. Persia is simply the name inherited from the Greeks and the Romans for the great empire to the East that its inhabitants came to know as... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Yet Persia reminds us that Iran is not as unfamiliar to us as we might imagine. Quite the contrary. The Persians serve an almost unique function in the Western narrative, being present at the birth and some might argue, the creation of a distinctly Western civilisation. If the Greeks under the influence of Herodotus, first defined history as a conflict between ‘East’ and ‘West’,... more... - Maitani
В быту у нас тут очень часто, когда спрашиваешь иранца, откуда он, ответ: I am Persian/from Persia. Остальные говорят I am from Iran, но почти никогда I am an Iranian. Персов тут много, так что выборка приличная, и аффтар прав. - слово с корнем моск
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Monograph Series: Studien zu den Boğazköy-Texten -
"As the volumes of this series go out of print they will be made available online at the Mainz Hethitologieportal. Do your part for open access and buy copies of the volumes still in print!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Currently available online are: StBoT 1: Heinrich Otten, Vladimir Souček Das Gelübde der Königin Puduḫepa an die Göttin Lelwani 1965. [vergriffen] PDF StBoT 2: Onofrio Carruba Das Beschwörungsritual für die Göttin Wišurijanza 1966. [vergriffen] PDF StBoT 3: Hans Martin Kümmel Ersatzrituale für den hethitischen König 1967. [vergriffen] PDF StBoT 4: Rudolf Werner Hethitische... more... - Maitani
BBC News - Would you be beautiful in the ancient world? -
BBC News - Would you be beautiful in the ancient world?
"In ancient Greece the rules of beauty were all important. Things were good for men who were buff and glossy. And for women, fuller-figured redheads were in favour - but they had to contend with an ominous undercurrent, historian Bettany Hughes explains." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"A full-lipped, cheek-chiselled man in Ancient Greece knew two things - that his beauty was a blessing (a gift of the gods no less) and that his perfect exterior hid an inner perfection. For the Greeks a beautiful body was considered direct evidence of a beautiful mind. They even had a word for it - kaloskagathos - which meant being gorgeous to look at, and hence being a good person." - Maitani
I'd be ancient in the ancient world :) - Eivind
What the World Will Speak in 2115 - WSJ - by John H. MCWhorter -
What the World Will Speak in 2115 - WSJ - by John H. MCWhorter
"In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use. He mixed words from French, German and English and gave his creation the name Volapük, which didn’t do it any favors. Worse, Volapük was hard to use, sprinkled with odd sounds and case endings like Latin." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"It made a splash for a few years but was soon pushed aside by another invented language, Esperanto, which had a lyrical name and was much easier to master. A game learner could pick up its rules of usage in an afternoon." - Maitani
"But it didn’t matter. By the time Esperanto got out of the gate, another language was already emerging as an international medium: English. Two thousand years ago, English was the unwritten tongue of Iron Age tribes in Denmark. A thousand years after that, it was living in the shadow of French-speaking overlords on a dampish little island. No one then living could have dreamed that... more... - Maitani
We'll communicate solely with emoji. The return of the pictograms. Full circle :) - Eivind
If the masses use emoji I will switch to kamoji - Amit Patel
Deep Habits: Read a (Real) Book Slowly - Study Hacks - Cal Newport -
Deep Habits: Read a (Real) Book Slowly - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"There was a time when intellectual engagement necessarily included long hours reading old-fashioned paper tomes. But in an age when a digital attention economy is ascendant, it’s now possible to satisfy this curiosity without ever consuming more than a couple hundred highly digested and simplified words at a time." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with this new form of lightweight information consumption — the problem is the behaviors it tends to replace." - Maitani
"Reading a hard book, we must remember, is an experience that returns many rewards not generated by a pithy blog post (ahem) or online magazine." - Maitani
I think I would have got more out of this article if it were longer and more complex. - Todd Hoff
Agreed, there is not much to learn here. I posted it mostly as a reminder for myself. :-) - Maitani
3quarksdaily: Typical Dreams: A Comparison of Dreams Across Cultures -
3quarksdaily: Typical Dreams: A Comparison of Dreams Across Cultures
"Have you ever wondered how the content of your dreams differs from that of your friends? How about the dreams of people raised in different countries and cultures? It is not always easy to compare dreams of distinct individuals because the content of dreams depends on our personal experiences. This is why dream researchers have developed standardized dream questionnaires in which common thematic elements are grouped together. These questionnaires can be translated into various languages and used to survey and scientifically analyze the content of dreams. Open-ended questions about dreams might elicit free-form, subjective answers which are difficult to categorize and analyze. Therefore, standardized dream questionnaires ask study subjects "Have you ever dreamed of . . ." and provide research subjects with a list of defined dream themes such as being chased, flying or falling." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I have the strangest dreams every night. I don't understand why, but my brain loves to play while I sleep. I wish I could turn it off every once in awhile. - Jenny H. from Android
"Happy New Year and happy sixth birthday to AWOL, which launched 6 January 2009.  During those six years I have written and edited 3913 entries." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"AWOL passed the three million page views threshold this autumn (with 3,126,777 page views recorded as of today, to be exact), and now has more than 7400 subscribers by email. I'm gratified that such a large number of you find AWOL interesting enough to voluntarily add another piece of email to your busy queues each day." - Maitani
"AWOL' s Alphabetical list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies currently includes 1447 titles. I continuously edit and revise the list as URLs change, titles go offline, and so on." - Maitani
Well done! Congratulations. - آزاده
Agreed, absolutely. Mr Jones has done an excellent job, and I hope he'll carry on. :-) - Maitani
Happy New Year, FF!! :)
Happy New Year, FF!! :)
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Happy new year, Soodi! :) - i f t i
سال نو مبارک دی جی مالیک!!! نیا سال مبارک ہو!!! Happy New Year - پریســــــا
Happy New Year, MQ! :) - iFriend
Happy New Year, Malik! - Anne Bouey
Happy New Year, Malik. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy New Year, sunshine!! :D - GΞШ@LL
Happy new year, Malik! - Stephan from iPhone
Happy new year, MQ :) - Eivind
Happy new year, MQ! :) - Posmo
Happy New Year, Malik! :) - Kanga-na
Happy new year! :-) - Maitani
Happy new year, Malik. :) - w4?
Happy New Year, Soodi! - Tamara J. B.
سنة سعيدة اخي العزيز مسعود قيوم ملك - NajVal
Happy New Year, Malik! :) - navratana
Happy new year, Malik. :) - Wanderer
ifti, پریسا جان , iFriend, Anne, Jenny, Gewall,, Stephen, Eivind, Posmo, Kangana, Maitani, Joseph,Tam Tam, Najval, Navratana, مهدی جان, Wanderer: I thank you all and hope that 2015 brings you more happiness than 2014, my beloved friends! :) - ma∟ıĸ
Happy New Year - آفتاب تابان
(: مرسی آفتاب عزیز - سال نو میلادی شما هم مبارک - ma∟ıĸ
مالک جان چرا خندت گرفت :) - آفتاب تابان
(: اون خنده نبود آفتاب جان :) بنده طبق عادتم لبخند زدم - ma∟ıĸ
فکر کردم یاده ١٠٠ شخم افتادی :)) - آفتاب تابان
آفتاب جان شما همیشه از دوستان خوب فرفریم هستین که دیدنتون تو فرفر باعث میشه قلبم شاد بشه :) دوستی با شما همیشه باعث دلگرمیمه - ma∟ıĸ
من هم همینطور همیشه شا د و سالم باشی دوست عزیز :) - آفتاب تابان
نواں سال سؤاں نوں وی مبارک تھیوے مسعود قیوم ملک :-) - saeedvasi
(: شکریہ سعید بھائی - ma∟ıĸ
(: ایم کیو کو بھی نیا سال مبارک ہو - alavi
Happy new year dear-dear-dear soodi! you're the bestest brother I could ever wish for!!! <3 - QT
Murty Classical Library Catalogs Indian Literature - -
Murty Classical Library Catalogs Indian Literature -
Murty Classical Library Catalogs Indian Literature -
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"When the Loeb Classical Library was founded in 1911, it was hailed as a much-needed effort to make the glories of the Greek and Roman classics available to general readers." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Now, Harvard University Press, the publisher of the Loebs, wants to do the same for the far more vast and dizzyingly diverse classical literature of India, in what some are calling one of the most complex scholarly publishing projects ever undertaken." - Maitani
"The Murty Classical Library of India, whose first five dual-language volumes will be released next week, will include not only Sanskrit texts but also works in Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Prakrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and other languages. Projected to reach some 500 books over the next century, the series is to encompass poetry and prose, history and philosophy, Buddhist... more... - Maitani
"The Murty Classical Library of India, whose first five dual-language volumes will be released next week, will include not only Sanskrit texts but also works in Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Prakrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and other languages. Projected to reach some 500 books over the next century, the series is to encompass poetry and prose, history and philosophy, Buddhist... more... - Maitani
This is a spectacular, very important project, which has been long overdue. I am excited! I hope the editors/publishers will be in a position to follow through on it. - Maitani
It would be lovely, though we still have the "Sacred Books of the East", edited by Max Müller, that covers some very important books from India. - Haukr Neanderthal
Sure, but the scope of this series is different and much wider, as to the intention of the editors. The "Sacred Books of the East" series focuses on ancient religious texts, it is undispensable, of course, and precious, but what about secular literature, later works, works written in languages that are not Indo-Aryan? - Maitani
Sacred Books of the East - Maitani
yes, of course, that's why we're all looking forward to this new catalog :) - Haukr Neanderthal
I am not sure about that. In German schools, we learn next to nothing about the political or cultural history of South Asia (and other regions) before colonialism. I don't know who will be interested in these works other than indologists. - Maitani
The situation's not different in Italy, but I have a personal interest in India and such books can be very difficult to find (even more with a translation). I suppose that the translation itself and the ebook format might help to create a greater audience, or to allow more studies and papers on the subject of the said books. - Haukr Neanderthal
Do you have special spheres of interest related to India? - Maitani
mostly myths and religions. - Haukr Neanderthal
Babel's Dawn: Signaling the Intent to Signal -
Babel's Dawn: Signaling the Intent to Signal
"Before I get distracted by too much nit-picking, let me get to the summary paragraph: Thomas Scott-Phillips' book, Speaking Our Minds, contributes seriously to the study of language origins. First and foremost, it demands that pragmatics—the study of language in its social context—be included in the effort to understand language origins. What's more, it makes good on its case. Pragmatics has been underplayed and anybody who thinks about language origins should read and study the book. If the book were not so danged expensive, I would even urge you to buy a copy. (By the way, I've mentioned Scott-Phillips before—see Reality Blogging—and I remember him as a promising fellow at the Barcelona Evolang conference of 2008.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The case for pragmatics rests on its special view of language as an ostensive-inferential communications system. Sorry, I'd like to use some other term, but that is the one used by the author and others, so we might as well hold our noses and roll with the bandwagon. You can understand it by imagining the archetypal scene in which Homo erectus A points toward a charging sabertooth... more... - Maitani
"Welcome to the SARIT website. Here you will find electronic editions of Sanskrit and other Indian-language texts. These are documented, dated and have embedded notes about their change history, so that they can be publicly cited and used with confidence as scholarly sources. The editions in the SARIT library currently include these works. This website also currently offers tools for text search, retrieval and analysis of the works in the SARIT library. You can search for a single word, phrase, words that occur in the same paragraph, and so forth. You can generate an index of terms, a KWIC index, and word-frequency lists. You can download all the texts at SARIT. They are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Once downloaded, you can use services such as OxGarage to convert the files to a format that is useful to you, for example PDF, HTML, or for reading on an ebook like the Kindle." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Gathering or People on the Planet ~ Kuriositas -
Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Gathering or People on the Planet ~ Kuriositas
"Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage which attracts, each year, the greatest peaceful get together of people in the world.  The  Maha Kumbh Mela of 2013 saw over 100 million people gather to bathe at dawn in the sacred Ganges River." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Time-lapse Photography and Adventure Filmmaker Rufus Blackwell was there and captured these astounding time-lapse images." - Maitani
Victor Ganata
Happy new year everyone!
Happy new year, Victor :) - Eivind
Happy 2015, Victor! - Technodad
Happy New Year, Victor! - Anne Bouey
Happy new year! :-) - Maitani
Happy New Year! - RetiredTeacherD
Happy New Year, Victor! - Son of Groucho
AHnix (Anna Haro)
Happy 2015, ffolks! Hope the universe gives you enough of what you need, shows you things you've never seen, and brings you closer to where you want to be. <3
You, too, Haro! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy New Year, Anna! - Anne Bouey
Happy new year, Anna :-) - Maitani
Happy New Year, Anna! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Happy New Year, A! - Bren from iPhone
Hope 2015 is a stellar year for you, Anna! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy 2015! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy 2015, Anna! - Half Pint
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog -
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"Regular readers will know that one of our blog traditions is to highlight a calendar from a particular medieval manuscript throughout the course of the year.  Past manuscripts have included the Isabella Breviary, the Hours of Joanna the Mad, the Golf Book, and the Huth Hours.  In 2015 we are pleased to present a manuscript that has featured on our blog before, the London Rothschild Hours.  Confusingly, this manuscript is often also called the Hours of Joanna the Mad (or the Hours of Joanna I of Castile), as it has been suggested that the manuscript belonged to that famous lady." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Evidence that the book was Joanna’s is tantalising, but inconclusive. The repeated presence of Joanna’s name saint, John the Evangelist, is a potential clue, and the presence of a number of Spanish saints in the calendar suggests that it was probably produced for a member of the Spanish aristocracy." - Maitani
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