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"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" #169241
07/16/07 03:26 PM 07/16/07 03:26 PM
Joined: Jan 2007
Texas alliedog OP
Reminds me of a most popular word we threw aroung indiscriminately in ancient art history/classical archaeology -- apotropaic, Gk apo + trepein, turn (turning away/warding off [evil/bad things/grave robbers, etc.]). Basically, anything ugly, foreign or otherwise inexplicable is considered to be apotropaic. Typical examples are sphinxes, gorgoneia. beasts like lions, esp in an architectural context, protomes (cf. med. gargoyles), phalloi, eyes, etc. It's not always easy to explain how a sphinx drawn on an 8" pot would be meant to turn away [evil], and one suspects that it's often a simplistic, catch-all explanation ...
Re: "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" [Re: alliedog] #169246
07/16/07 05:53 PM 07/16/07 05:53 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
Louisville, Kentucky Jackie
Cool word! Welcome, allie.
Re: "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" [Re: alliedog] #169247
07/16/07 05:59 PM 07/16/07 05:59 PM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 2 Agki
What is the theme for this week (16 July 07)? I didn't see it.
Re: "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" [Re: Agki] #169249
07/16/07 06:49 PM 07/16/07 06:49 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
this too shall pass tsuwm
this too shall pass
Originally Posted By: AgkiWhat is the theme for this week (16 July 07)? I didn't see it.
AgkiQuote:This week's Guest Wordsmith, Bruce M. Selya, is a senior federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Anu Garg is traveling.
Re: "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" [Re: tsuwm] #169308
07/19/07 04:27 PM 07/19/07 04:27 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
New England, USA wow
New England, USA
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