“Indian” Rhetoric

While preparing for my graduate seminar last night I found references to the importance of Bingham’s Columbian Orator to classical reception particularly the reception of Cato and Addison’s Cato. All things of deep interest to me.

This morning as I was cleaning up my open tabs I couldn’t help but browse the table of contents and noticed an ‘anonymous’ speech:

Image links to book on archive.org

This is bizarre and also not unexpected.  It so well typifies beliefs about the ‘Noble Savage’ and ‘right’ relations with indigenous peoples.  I wondered if anyone had written on it, but then I remembered how much I had to do so I am throwing up this blog post.  When I return to it I want to start here:

Stockbridge Indian papers, 1739-1915.
Collection Number: 9185

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

BUT I also want to think about the possible influence of the Bingham version of the speech on the Lewis speech to the Yankton Sioux!  Note especially the use of the FAMILIAL VOCATIVE!

Opening excerpt

Notes to Self on Running Charitable Auction

  • Paypal was a nightmare to set up, allow time and multiple people to work on this.
  • Compressed is best to conserved your own energy and enthusiasm and also of the bidders. This was shorter but in someways still too long.
  • This is in tension with the fact that everyone want to bid immediately when they see stuff and also wants to donate items even when they are learning about auction at the last moment
  • Line up data entry volunteers or paid help, people solely responsible for keeping track of donations and uploading them into website.
  • You never know what will appeal to others. Accept the wacky as long as on theme and trust it will find its fan base.
  • People are motivated by the personal, make it ALL personal
  • Promote matching from the start BUT don’t make matches too big, use twice retail as a good bench mark for a successful possible match target. Suggest big matchers sponsor instead.
  • Recruit sponsors, but set a minimum for sponsorship and make clear to differentiate levels (bronze, silver, gold are boring but the I now see why fundraisers use these!)
  • Research and PAY for a better site. Time = money. A clunky site costs time.
  • People like to the donate items during auction. Let this happen but have data entry support lined up to handle it.
  • Social media alliances are key. Get people to volunteer as designated re-tweeters. Formalizing this will validate it as work.
  • Never under estimate who will complain about what. Keep to a NO DRAMA policy, but pre establish what will be grounds for removing posted items.
  • Mail Merge is your best friend. That and spreadsheets. Make sure donation form has fields that can be directly uploaded to action site.
  • The raffle worked great earning 4/5s as much as auction itself. Some legal issues should be talked through and we also need to cognizant in future of religious prohibitions in some communities.
  • Go Live works but use Youtube not FB. FB requires an account.
  • Don’t forget to set minimum bid increment
  • Don’t set buy it now too low.
  • Closing time matters!
  • If working in a team have a pre scheduled set of check in meetings on the calendar.
  • The pool of bidders and donors has huge overlap. A core group uses the momentum of the event to encourage themselves to engage further and extend giving. Much of it is about community.
  • Too much work and too much risk of becoming ritualized if run annually. Should be random-ish and at least 14 plus months since last similar event.

Hellenistic Royal Portrait Mosaic

This isn’t a real post.  I’m too busy for a real post.  Everything I’m doing feels a little neglected as I’m doing too much.  HAPPY SEPTEMBER!  but I don’t want to lose this image or refs.

For #MosaicMonday, my second favorite Hellenistic mosaic: the stunning portrait of Berenike II, Queen of Kyrenaika and later Ptolemaic Egypt. She sports a crown made of warship prows and a fibula (brooch) with an anchor, a possible hint at her Seleukid lineage. Naval couture.

From Eduardo García-Molina

Dr. Blouin  argues this is Arsinoe II

2015. Mendès et les reines: reconsidération historique des mosaïques navales de Thmouis (Alexandrie 21739 et 21736), KOUSOULIS, P. and L. LAZARIDIS eds. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008, pp.1951-1960.

Hercules and the Muses

ANS 1937.158.170, RRC 410/1

John Ma on twitter offered a translation of this newly discovered inscription:

“I am Maternus, new Herakles, who was best in the Muses and unconquered in the gladiatorial schools. I killed Pasinikos, and myself descended to the underworld with him”

-Tweet from Aug 26
Screenshot of original publication

I just wanted to file this away for another example of Hercules association with the Muses for juxtaposition with coin above.

Towered Elephant from Pompeii

Public Domain image by Jona Lendering taking at the Naples museum
Sketch in the public domain

“VI.15.5 Pompeii. Clay figurine of an elephant carrying a tower on its back, 0.35m high incl. base. The figurine served as a vessel for liquid. The liquid was put in through the top of the tower, which was open. See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità,1897, p.25, fig. 3. It was found in October 1895 in or near the garden niche, together with a group of other objects. See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità,1895, p. 438. According to Jashemski, this was also a jug, and was now in the Naples Archaeological Museum, inventory number 124845, Ruesch 442. See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.155)” – quoted from Pompeii in Pictures

Included for angled view