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    The Monty Python Thread

    CENTURION: What's this, then? 'Romanes Eunt Domus'? 'People called Romanes they go the house'? BRIAN: It-- it says, 'Romans, go home'. CENTURION: No, it doesn't. What's Latin for 'Roman'? Come on! BRIAN: Aah! CENTURION: Come on! BRIAN: 'R-- Romanus'? CENTURION: Goes like...? BRIAN: 'Annus'? CENTURION: Vocative plural of 'annus' is...? BRIAN: Eh. 'Anni'? CENTURION: 'Romani'. 'Eunt'? What is 'eunt'? BRIAN: 'Go'. Let-- CENTURION: Conjugate the verb 'to go'. BRIAN: Uh. 'Ire'. Uh, 'eo'. 'Is'. 'It'. 'Imus'. 'Itis'. 'Eunt'. CENTURION: So 'eunt' is...? BRIAN: Ah, huh, third person plural, uh, present indicative. Uh, 'they go'. CENTURION: But 'Romans, go home' is an order, so you must use the...? BRIAN: The... imperative! CENTURION: Which is...? BRIAN: Umm! Oh. Oh. Um, 'i'. 'I'! CENTURION: How many Romans? BRIAN: Ah! 'I'-- Plural. Plural. 'Ite'. 'Ite'. CENTURION: 'Ite'. BRIAN: Ah. Eh. CENTURION: 'Domus'? BRIAN: Eh. CENTURION: Nominative? BRIAN: Oh. CENTURION: 'Go home'? This is motion towards. Isn't it, boy? BRIAN: Ah. Ah, dative, sir! Ahh! No, not dative! Not the dative, sir! No! Ah! Oh, the... accusative! Accusative! Ah! 'Domum', sir! 'Ad domum'! Ah! Oooh! Ah! CENTURION: Except that 'domus' takes the...? BRIAN: The locative, sir! CENTURION: Which is...?! BRIAN: 'Domum'. CENTURION: 'Domum'. BRIAN: Aaah! Ah. CENTURION: 'Um'. Understand? BRIAN: Yes, sir. CENTURION: Now, write it out a hundred times. BRIAN: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar, sir. CENTURION: Hail Caesar. If it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off. BRIAN: Oh, thank you, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar and everything, sir! Oh. Mmm! Aaron
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    Austria and Schwarzenegger

    How come he's liked so much? And which football stadium?? Aaron
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    Gaddafi's embrace of the west opens the door to the tourism boom. Two thousand years after this stunning place blossomed into one of the great cities of antiquity, Libyans are hoping that the Roman site
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    Wholly Roman empire

    James Buchan enjoys Audrey Burl's Catullus, an imagined life of one of Rome's greatest poets http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biogra...1129839,00.html Aaron
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    Croatia discovery

    Ooops - and I thought I'd checked. Thanks for sorting. Aaron
  6. A cloud of white dust drifts over Athens' former international airport as a crew using heavy equipment builds facilities for this summer's Olympics. A few paces away, another team -- with only brushes and garden tools -- carefully digs into the past. The 2004 Games have been a boon for archaeologists, bringing the biggest single antiquities treasure hunt in Athens and surrounding areas. Experts rushed in trying to beat the bulldozers at dozens of Olympic-related sites -- from sports venues to highways. The finds so far range from prehistoric settlements to 2,500-year-old cemeteries to ruins from the Roman period, when Emperor Theodosius abolished the Olympics in A.D. 394. Christianity had taken root, and he deemed the games to be pagan. "I don't believe there was ever such a large-scale archaeological excavation in Athens," said Dina Kaza, who heads the dig at the old seaside airport. Extra archaeologists and specialized researchers have been hired so crews can work round-the-clock to keep pace with Olympic construction, which is now moving at a breakneck pace to compensate for years of delays. The Olympics begin Aug. 13. Kaza, who oversees excavations at five Olympic-related sites, says the finds so far have not been headline-making -- like the back-to-back discoveries in 1997 of sites believed to be the school of Aristotle and an ancient cemetery mentioned as the burial place of the statesman Pericles. But the quantity of finds adds important details and richness to the understanding of how Athens developed over the centuries. "We never know what the ground is hiding from us," Kaza said. One excavation -- at the site of a new tram line storage shed -- found 150 graves as old as the 7th century B.C. Another archaeologist, Maria Platonos, uncovered a ceramic vessel depicting a victorious javelin thrower at a cemetery from the Classical period, 500-323 B.C., on a road to the Olympic Village north of central Athens. The athlete is being crowned with ribbons by two messengers from Nike, the goddess of victory in Greek mythology, said Platonos, who heads excavations at the Olympic Village and two other Olympic sites. She said the artifact, which has been dated to 470 B.C., was used at a victory ceremony and later was placed on the grave of the young man awarded the prize. "Finding this in the area of the Olympic Village was truly something unexpected and very fortunate," she said. Some antiquities are too big to be moved. At the Olympic Village, Platonos' team discovered an extensive system of underground pipes put in during the Roman period to supply Athens with water from nearby Parnitha Mountain. The system was in use until the 19th century. "This pipe was excavated and cleaned, and now there are plans to make this monument more visible along the zone of greenery at the Olympic Village," Platonos said. At the rowing center in Schinias, about 18 miles northeast of Athens, researchers found three early Bronze Age dwellings from about 4,000 years ago. Some of the ruins were moved to allow completion of the Olympic venue. Potential conflicts between preservation and modernization have required some creative solutions. Construction of a highway to Athens' new airport uncovered an ancient road and building foundations at least 2,500 years old. "They indicate an economically vibrant community," said Kasimi Soutou, who is overseeing that excavation. She said the archaeological council ruled that the ancient foundations be preserved around the old road, but that the roadway itself will be paved over after any antiquities are removed. The sports complex at the former international airport, which will host baseball, fencing and other sports, is among the most delayed of Olympic sites. Archaeologists argue that the delays are not their fault. "We always have this problem. The archaeological work always starts at the last minute when it could have started a long time ago, but unfortunately the construction plans were not ready on time," Kaza said. "So we are racing until the last minute, and they tell us to finish because they have to finish, too." Aaron
  7. A 17th Century coin and the remains of an ancient cobbled street and tower have been found during a road building worked in the mid Wales town of Brecon. Work near Market Street and Watergate Street has been temporarily suspended by Powys County Council while investigations are carried out. The Queen Anne coin was found as work was carried out on the third phase of the town's
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    Croatia discovery

    Archaeologists at the University of Birmingham, supported by the British and Slovene Academies, have discovered what may be one of the most important archaeological sites of the last 50 years, in a riverbed in Croatia. The site at the Valley of the River Cetina, which is geographically and strategically placed at a major European crossroads, holds the key to unlocking over 8,000 years of Balkan history. Dr Vincent Gaffney, Director of the University
  9. "Nothing comparable to the virulent color prejudice of modern times existed in the ancient world," writes Frank Snowden Jr. "The ancients did not fall into the error of biological racism; black skin color was not a sign of inferiority. Greeks and Romans did not establish color as an obstacle to integration in society. An ancient society was one that for all its faults and failures never made color the basis for judging a man." Aaron
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    One day when I have a little more time on my hands (I'm afraid that's not right now... moving house, child on the way, and waaaay too much work! ), I shall dig out the photos and see if I scan one for you. Aaron
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    Yes, I took quite a lot of pictures. It was a while back though so unfortunately I don't have them in a digital format. Aaron
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    Has anyone here been to Ostia, the old port of Rome? I went in about 1987 and found it quite interesting. It's inland slightly nowadays. I got the impression it's overlooked by many tourists who just go to Rome, visit the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, etc. and then move on... Pity, really. Aaron
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    UNRV Shares

    How do these calculate whether shares go up or down? Is it based on site popularity/traffic? Maybe something like Alexa? Aaron
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    Font colours

    Personally, I prefer one color. I don't like those forums when everything is multi-colored. I guess I prefer uniformity. Aaron