The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]

The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis in 3D

Here’s a terrific video (Italian with subtitles) of the The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis, using slick animation to peel away the layers and provide a good view of the site. The area had been closed for a time for additional excavation and restoration, but is now open to public with even more sites to see. [Read More...]

Take It Easy [App o the Mornin']

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Take it Easy (iOS: $2) is a rather nondescript title for what was, when it was released as a board game 20 years ago, a remarkably innovative twist on bingo. The game is played on a hexagonal board comprised of 19 hexagonal spaces. Players blind-draw hexagonal chips, each marked with lines going in three directions [Read More...]

Pagan Temple Found Under Cathedral

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The people working on excavations in Milan have found a secret under the giant gothic Duomo di Milano: it’s built on top of an ancient temple dedicated to Minerva. The location shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the Cathedral (begun in the 14th century and finished 600 years later) was constructed at the most prominent [Read More...]

The Mass Explained Volume 1 [App o the Mornin']

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The full title of this amazing app is The Mass Explained Volume 1: The Introductory Rites & The Liturgy of the Word (iPad: $25), and its title page lays out its goals: “Fostering a deeper understanding of and appreciation for thee Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass.” And boy does it do that: in [Read More...]

The Ghost of St. Edmund Kills a King: The 1000th Anniversary!

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Edmund, King and Saint, was killed in a conflict with the Danes in 869, and afterward his cult grew, perhaps helped along by a legend (or was it!?) found in Archdeacon Hermann’s Miracles of St. Edmund (1096), and repeated and embellished thereafter. After the death of Edmund, the Danes continued to harass England, with Sweyn [Read More...]

A New Poem By Sappho Discovered UPDATED

This is pretty big news: there’s a major discovery of previously unknown poems by the great Greek poet Sappho. Few lines of her work have survived (some of them in our old friend the Oxyrhynchus dump), so each find is important. This new verses are on a scrap of papyrus in the hands of a [Read More...]

Can Some Parent Explain This Phenomena?

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