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Bruce Robertson
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Lives in Sackville, NB, Canada
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If only this could continue right up to the first daffodil
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Beautiful shot. Living in CA is nice, Tahoe partially satisfies my skiing needs, but it's just not the same as living in a place like this. Glad you enjoy it!
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"The idea that guns, on balance, save lives — which is one of the most common sentiments expressed in the pro-gun comments posted to The Gun Report — is ludicrous.

On the contrary: The clearest message The Gun Report sends is the most obvious. Guns make killing way too easy."
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New at Casting Out Nines: An end to unsolicited review copies of textbooks, please. 

In which I take a barely-restrained Hulk rage at the nonsensical practice of sending people multiple copies of books in the mail for courses they don't teach, and try to channel that into productive suggestions. 
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I was of the opinion that the United States had some sort of international exclusive rights on buzzer-beating 3-point game-wining throws from 2/3 of the way down the court. Imagine my surprise at seeing this video from my very own  #MountAllison  

Perhaps we'll get a letter from the NCAA's legal team.
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Happy Winter, everyone!
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Beautiful! Fresh snow on trees is one of my favorite things.
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Theatre of Dionysus, Athens
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Other than the obvious (plays), what sorts of events would be hosted at a venue like this? Anything not widely know about by most people today?
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#onthisday  in 146 BCE, 2.160 years ago in North Africa, the troops of Scipio Aemilianus Africanus the Younger took the Byrsa, Carthage's last fortified stronghold, by storm, ending the Third and last of the Punic Wars.

“Scipio, when he looked upon the city as it was utterly perishing and in the last throes of its complete destruction, is said to have shed tears and wept openly for his enemies. After being wrapped in thought for long, and realizing that all cities, nations, and authorities must, like men, meet their doom; that this happened to Ilium, once a prosperous city, to the empires of Assyria, Media, and Persia, the greatest of their time, and to Macedonia itself, the brilliance of which was so recent, either deliberately or the verses escaping him, he said:
A day will come when sacred Troy shall perish,
And Priam and his people shall be slain.
And when Polybius speaking with freedom to him, for he was his teacher, asked him what he meant by the words, they say that without any attempt at concealment he named his own country, for which he feared when he reflected on the fate of all things human. Polybius actually heard him and recalls it in his history” (Polybius, “Histories”)

Every house had been turned into a fortress and the people of Carthage had produced about 300 swords, 500 spears, 140 shields and 1,000 projectiles for catapults every day to defy Scipio Aemilianus 80.000 men while the Romans, after initial setbacks, managed to enclose the city completely, defeat a last relief army, blocking even the harbour with a huge wall and finally take the mighty outworks on February 1st. After they had fallen five days before, with desperate fighting in the streets following, the last stronghold, Carthage’s citadel, the Byrsa, was stormed and the last defenders surrendered, the siege that lasted for three years, the Third Punic War and the history of ancient Carthage were all over.

The last dramatic scenes were enacted when Hasdrubal, the defending general went, out to Scipio Aemilianus to ask for mercy and his shocked wife threw herself and her two sons into the fires burning in the ruined fortress in shame and so did 900 Roman deserters who could not expect mercy. Of the 500.000 people that inhabited on of the largest cities of antiquity, only one tenth survived and was sold into slavery and Cato the Elder's infamous little piece, ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam ("furthermore, I think Carthage must be destroyed") was immediately put into action. The city was razed to the ground, the place remains a wasteland until Julius Caesar starts a resettling program in 49 BC. The city was to be the second largest city of the Empire in the 1st century AD again.

Depicted below is J.M.W. Turners allegorical “The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire“ (1817)

And more on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carthage

#history   #ancienthistory   #romanhistory   #ancientrome  
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My bow ties.
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My department of Classics has a tenure-stream position open. Bring on the applications! #archaeology
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The link above (Human Resources) should take you right to the advertisement. 
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This is what the screen said at the gas station last night. So much cooler than 'Out of Order', and certain to deter me from using the pump. 
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  • Queen's University
    Classics, 1985 - 1989
  • University of British Columbia
    Classics, 1989 - 1991
  • University of Toronto
    Classics, 1992 - 1998
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I can't praise Browser's Den highly enough. While visiting Toronto, I looked up this store with my son, who enjoys doing a card trick or two. In the twenty minutes we could spend, we were treated to a non-stop magic show using equipment from the shop suited to his level. (They gave advice like, "this will take you a few more hours than that to master.") The two reasonably-priced purchases we took home became the basis of some new tricks that have amused family and friends. Our quick visit to Broswer's Den was one of the unexpected highlights of our trip.
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