Wanderings of Spirit: Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”

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The joyful, anti-didactic spirit of Ovid’s Metamorphoses has always been close to my heart. As I have come across a new, modern translation by Charles Martin, I have decided to reread this timeless classic. I always remembered that Shakespeare loved it, which I think says a lot. What is palpable in the way Ovid orchestrates his “mock epic” is the trickster spirit. The narrator seems to jump from one story to the next without any warning but always with a lot of gusto. The most famous Greek myths are retold in a fascinating and playful manner. In the translator’s introduction, Charles Martin quotes Italo Calvino from his Six Memos for the New Millennium, where he describes what he calls “the manifold text, which replaces the oneness of the thinking ‘I’ with a mul­tiplicity of subjects, voices and views of the world.” There is a multiplicity of characters in Metamorphoses

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Nature and Consciousness – Seeing Things as They Are

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This grand book the universe . . . is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it: without these, one wanders around in a dark labyrinth. —Galileo, Astronomer ps; with very Thanks, Deborah. ❤

Deborah J. Brasket

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Every time I write about nature I get deep into human consciousness. You can’t really separate the two. There is no “nature” – no way to identify, quantify, categorize, articulate, or understand it—apart from human consciousness, from how we think and talk about it.

We can’t study or explore or write about nature as something separate from ourselves, our own senses and experiences, our own thinking, perceiving, observations, experimentation. In that sense, nature is subjective, no matter how hard we try to objectify it.

This is not new, of course. Better writers and thinkers, from different disciplines, have explored this in more depth and detail that I can here.

This grand book the universe . . . is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word…

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Start of the Season 2015

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South Asasif Conservation Project Blog

The South Asasif Conservation Project has opened for the 2015 season. Congratulations to all our mission members in Egypt and all over the world, as well as our friends and supporters!

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We are so happy to be back at the site and reunite with our wonderful MSA conservation team. Everybody looks very cheerful on the first day photograph but the hard work started already on the next day. All the members of the team are happy to resume their usual activities and face new challenges.

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Our amazing Reis Mohamed Ali took charge of the workmen.

It is always a joy to reunite with old friends, like Reis Mohamed, who has been working with us for many years, but it is also thrilling to meet new friends, such as our inspector Alaa Hussien Mahmoud and our new team member Mohamed Yahia Ewada, Director of the West Bank.

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Conservators Ali Hassan and…

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