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by billd89
Sun Apr 21, 2024 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: The Catamites of Tiberius?
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Re: The Catamites of Tiberius?

Tiberius Alexander born c.14 AD and raised at Tiberius Court from 24 AD (Aged 10?) would indeed have seen things, until c.36 AD.

If T. Alexander Jr. were Philo's source, Tiberius and/or Caligula could have been the obscured targets. That late-dates Philo's Essene and Therapeut works, however.
by billd89
Sun Apr 21, 2024 8:19 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: The Catamites of Tiberius?
Replies: 6
Views: 149

Whoa, whoa -- easy there, chief.

Ahhh, no. Sections 40-63 are about the Greeks or Romans (its unclear exactly WHO) contrasted with the Therapeutae. IF T. Alexander (Jr.) was held as a child hostage and raised at the Imperial Royal Court (I cannot remember where I read that, sorry), it is indeed possible that this nephew detailed co...
by billd89
Sun Apr 21, 2024 6:01 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: The Catamites of Tiberius?
Replies: 6
Views: 149

The Catamites of Tiberius?

I've been closely examining Philo's DVC . In most translations, this startling bit is generally neutralized. It should be translated precisely, because Philo provides an extraordinarily detailed description of child sex-workers, as he saw them . That itself raises questions, but I argue this diatrib...
by billd89
Sat Apr 20, 2024 10:17 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Gay Conversion Therapy, Brazilian Evangelical Edition
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Gay Conversion Therapy, Brazilian Evangelical Edition

I fell down the Influencers' rabbit-hole, and from a local YouTuber, I found this emotionally-intelligent young person's video about a fairly typical 'conversion therapy' experience c.2019. It's enlightening and informative -- not inappropriate nor offensive, though obviously Gay!

by billd89
Sat Apr 20, 2024 3:26 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Spackling over the Crumbly Bits
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Re: Freedom?

Aren't you carrying ideas of Locke, Marx or some modern philosopher into a wholly anachronistic realm, though? Your stipulation bears no relevance to the excerpt provided nor the situation there, such as it was. Personally, I would not have wanted to work in the Timna stone mines either -- but someo...
by billd89
Fri Apr 19, 2024 3:19 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Spackling over the Crumbly Bits
Replies: 9
Views: 1128

Who Built the Pyramids, again?

https://allthatsinteresting.com/who-built-the-pyramids Excavations in the 1990s into what researchers sometimes call “pyramid city” were crucial in establishing a modern understanding of not just how the pyramids were built but also by whom. Specifically, it was the discovery of large quantities of ...
by billd89
Fri Apr 19, 2024 10:07 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Dating a Project: Edelstein 'Asclepius' ms. (c.1933/4)
Replies: 1
Views: 3097

"We Stood at the Turning Point"

Discussing "Hercules at the Crossroad" by Albrecht Dürer c.1498 and aspects of this Myth as recounted by Xenophon and studied by Erwin Panofsky and further developed his student, Emma (Renata) Edelstein. A trivial coincidence? (On Herakles' helmet, note the Khnum/ Ammon horns and Hermes wi...
by billd89
Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Pompei: new paintings found
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Dating Pompeii, for the Waco TeeVee People

"AD 79 ... that's like Dinosaur Time, right?"

Of course it is.

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by billd89
Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:26 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: All christianity is “fundamentalism”
Replies: 6
Views: 12436

Re: American Fundamentalists are like Duck Dynasty

Today’s Evangelicals reject the label fundamentalist because of its connotations of aggressiveness and stupidity ; but they are fundamentalists. ... Neither militancy nor hostility to evolution nor “literalism” nor a method of non-rational propagation is distinctive of modern Protestant “fundamenta...
by billd89
Fri Apr 19, 2024 3:55 am
Forum: Other Texts and History
Topic: Conflict Zone Artefacts
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Conflict Zone Artefacts

Maybe it's 'looting.' Personally, I don't like that term; it doesn't feel right for abandoned 'stuff' (philosophically, dead 'people' aren't (viz., corpses are not 'people'); 'they' cannot own 'property') -- rival claims should default to actual heir designees & living finders, not lineage chain...