The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

22 May 1778   Friday

Stayed the night, after all.

21-34 y.o. Francesco Piranesi
Collezione delle piu belle statue di Roma

Statue of the dying Gladiator, which is kept in the Capitoline Museum.
Some say that he represents Antemocritus the herald, or herald of the Athenians, who was killed by the Megarians, and to whom, according to Pausanias in Lib. I. p. 88 a Statue was erected near Elis
To Mr. Patrizio Lawless, the English Knight, a great lover of the fine arts
Francesco Piranesi D. D. D.
Pietro Angeletti drawn     Andrea Rossi sculpted [not dated]

22 May 1812   Friday

Morning clear, wind NW, temperature 50. Clouds arose with a fresh gale. It rose to 63 about noon and the clouds disappearing it reached 68 in the afternoon. Joseph Lyman who had worked for me some days making a fence in north field run a nail in his foot about a week ago. He was taken ill on Wednesday and quitted work at noon complaining of a pain in his breast to which he said he had been long subject and had been obliged by it to quit his trade of carpentry. He said he was used to bleed himself for it and lay by a while. When I returned on Thursday I heard he had symptoms of tetanus. I went over to see him and found violent symptoms of opisthotonos. Two of Dr. Moore's young men were there and had landanum. Wine was prescribed for him. They .... sent to a store and got some very ordinary. I advised landanum to be freely given, came home and sent a bottle of wine. In the morning my gardener brought word that he died about 2 o'clock. He certainly mistook his complaint and bleeding was censured by Dr. Moore.

22 May 2001

Ten Zen Men

Room With a View

22 May 2002
Re: the first Agonalia
Doing a web search, one finds out there were/are three Agonalias, and originally the second Agonalia was not dedicated to Janus, but some other archaic Roman god. I suspect that by the third century, the first two Agonalias were centered on Janus.
The Agonalias were indeed sacrificial festivals, and exactly the type of festival that the growing Christian oriented Roman empire was at pains to eradicate.
Like many of the old Christian churches of northeastern Europe that are build upon ancient Druid/pagan sites, it appears that many Christian holiday/holydays superimpose ancient Pagan festivals. What I find interesting though, is that at least the sites and the days remain special. Kind of makes you wonder if the specialness is there regardless of what 'cloak' presently dresses it.

22 May 2022

22 May 2023   Monday
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