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Peter Gainsford
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Pi Day: truths and myths about pi.

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I suspect classicists are a bit in denial about what people really think about antiquity. Here's a sampler of the ideas that are floating around out there.

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Lindybeige on a good day: absolutely nailing a video about the Iliad. No myths to dispel here.

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Do Adonis, Osiris, Dionysus, and that lot, belong to a class of 'dying and rising gods' in any meaningful sense?

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Roman soldiers didn't get paid in salt, or a salt allowance. And Romans certainly didn't talk about soldiers being 'worth their salt'.

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The 'library of Alexandria' has drastically increased its brand strength over the last 36 years. What's the big mystery over its holdings? Or is there actually a mystery?

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Here is your annual reminder that Christmas has nothing to do with Saturnalia, Sol Invictus, Mithras, or Brumalia. It MAY be linked to the solstice ... but only indirectly.

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The Romans didn't salt the earth at Carthage. But the idea has a slightly unexpected meaning behind it. (Don't think salt flats: think of lines like "you are the salt of the earth".) #classics   #ancient  

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OK, so according to Pythagoras, "Thou shalt not eat broad beans." Why? A host of explanations, both ancient and modern.

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"Thou shalt not eat broad beans" was central to Pythagoras' teachings. Wait, what?
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