The Ancient wrote in response to the post about Mary Beard's Alexander article:
P.S. Perhaps we could interrupt The Dormition of Alpheus on that last bit in your post: Much more likely Arrian was modeling his own picture of Alexander on the behavior of the emperor under whom he served.
How is that any different than, say, claiming that Hadrian had his boy toy drowned to create a more exact parallel between his life and Alexander's? Because the evidence seems non-existent.
FLG has been thinking about this. There isn't any evidence either way, as far as FLG can tell. But FLG is going to turn to a combination of his Big Assumption and Time Horizons theories to explain Beard's assertion. Beard is present oriented and therefore assumes that Arrian is present oriented as well.
Wait, FLG. You're calling a classics professor present oriented? Well, yes. Yes, he is.
FLG hasn't had too much to say about Occupy Wall Street because he's pretty much decided that the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are basically political Rorschach Tests. Seeing the people down there reminds FLG of PCU: "These, Tom, are the Causeheads. They find a world-threatening issue and stick with it for about a week." In Boulder, FLG referred to these types as the BMW hippies. During the day, they sat on the Hill playing bongos, reeking of patchouli oil, and railing against whatever injustice they fixated on that week, only to drive a way later in the BMW their Chicago lawyer father leased for them. And FLG finds it hard to believe that serious, adult people can think anything else. So, when columnist or people on the Left feel that this is the beginning of some movement or revolution or whatever, FLG can't help but laugh.
This isn't to dispute that Wall Street is a bastion of moral turpitude, a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but those fucking jackasses, at least the ones FLG has been seeing on the news, aren't the people to make the case because 1) alumni of liberal arts schools aren't exactly the oppressed, even with student loan debt and 2) they have no fucking clue what they are talking about.
On the other hand, FLG can see how somebody on the Left could very similarly look at the Tea Party and see it as the unhinged, uninformed, but organized response of upper-middle class white people at their taxes being raised that was funded by super-rich white people.
This is a useful little tidbit:
YOU know how some people are always cold? There's a word for that in Spanish—that is, there's a word, rather than the small string of words I used in English. A woman who is always cold is a friolera (or if she's Catalan: a fredolica).
FLG wonders if there is a masculine form and if there is if it's ever been used. FLG has never met a man who is constantly cold, but he'd say roughly a quarter of women are frioleras. None more so than FLG's mother-in-law, whom he loves but shivers in the desert.