Classics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Mary Beard, John Henderson

By Mary Beard, John Henderson

We're all classicists--we come into contact with the classics each day: in our tradition, politics, drugs, structure, language, and literature. What are the genuine roots of those impacts, in spite of the fact that, and the way do our interpretations of those facets of the classics vary from their unique fact?

This advent to the classics starts with a trip to the British Museum to view the frieze which as soon as embellished the Apollo Temple a Bassae. via those sculptures John Henderson and Mary Beard advised us to think about the importance of the learn of Classics as a way of discovery and enquiry, its price when it comes to literature, philosophy, and tradition, its resource of images, and the explanations for the continuation of those pictures into and past the 20 th century. Designed for the final reader and scholar alike, a truly brief creation to Classics demanding situations readers to undertake a clean method of the Classics as a massive cultural impact, either within the old international and twentieth-century--emphasizing the ongoing have to comprehend and examine this enduring subject.

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Pat and I were suddenly on our own. I had to spear a lot of fish for fish markets and restaurants—and play danceband jobs—to help pay the bills. To spear enough fish and make some money I had to become a proficient sharpshooter. Fish markets would not buy fish with spear holes in the middle. They had to be speared in the head. That kind of incentive leads to better marksmanship. Proficiency led to competition, so I entered a few local contests. S. National Spearfishing Contest. The contest was held at West End, Bahamas, and based at the old Jack Tar Resort that has long since been demolished.

That was where I first met the legendary Art Pinder. My prize was the Johnny Weissmuller trophy, named 19 20 Bootstrap Geologist: My Life in Science after the famous swimmer who played Tarzan in the old black-and-white movies. The following year, our team of three—we called ourselves the Miami Skin Divers—won first place in the National Spearfishing Contest off Miami. The team consisted of Paul Damman, Don Delmonico, and me. Our prize was the giant Owen Churchill Cup and other goodies. Owen Churchill was the inventor and producer of the first commercially available swim fins in the United States.

The laboratory on Virginia Key was simply called the UM Marine Lab, but some years later it would become the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. My boss at the Virginia Key lab was a chemist named Sigmund Miller. Sig, as we called him, worked on a Navy-sponsored project. Military contracts were common and the mainstay of the research effort. The Cold War was on, and the Navy put a lot of money into marine research. We were to study and, hopefully, discover ways to kill barnacles and other nasty critters that eat boats and pilings.

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