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So it turns out that the best way to revive the blog viewing statistics and get some discussion going, at least temporarily, is a post on the decline of blogging and the absence of discussion… Thanks to everyone who read and commented; yes, the numbers are sliding back to their old level already, but it’s good to know that there are people out there still committed to this genre (and I still maintain that it’s a distinctive genre, certainly from the perspective of a writer, whatever @rogueclassicist thinks…). In the meantime…

In the meantime, I try to work out why WordPress won’t let me embed an embeddable player… In the interim, this will have to do:

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gangstas

It’s podcast time! Welcome to another occasional episode of Radio Abahachi, in which I attempt to find some music inspired by Thucydides that I can actually bear to listen to!

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/63vs3-65cc4e?from=yiiadmin&skin=3&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=0

[Update 15:35 21/12/16: just realised that there’s a minute or so of dead air towards the end; have hastily re-edited, and new version has been uploaded, but many apologies to anyone whose listening pleasure was spoiled by this.]

[As opposed to some of the actual ‘music’.]

[For further discussion of Bob Dylan’s reading (sic?) of Thucydides, see John Byron Kuhner’s ‘Tangled Up In Thucydides’ from Eidolon last year; more generally on T’s reception in modern culture, my chapter ‘The idea of Thucydides in the Western tradition’ in Lee & Morley, eds., A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides.]

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a podcast – this one has been in the works for well over six months – but since I’ve finally managed to persuade the new microphone to talk to the computer, welcome to Radio Abahachi: Solid Gold Classics, the Gladiator edition:

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/gnyhg-5cd4c8?from=yiiadmin

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Draper's Ulysses

I’m celebrating today submitting a substantial (in both senses of the word) funding application for the next phase of the Thucydides project, which has involved several days’ worth of staring at figures wondering why they were refusing to add up. It really doesn’t help that the university’s Full Economic Costing system and the Je-S application system use different categories for expenditure, so it’s more or less impossible to input exactly the same information in the same format into each – and neither of them really suited my purposes so I produced my own master costings spreadsheet, and hence at times found that I had three different versions of what was supposed to be the same bit of the budget. Anyway, the application finally reached the “that’ll do” stage last night, and this morning I checked the last financial anomaly and pressed the ‘submit’ button on each of the systems (having spent five minutes wondering whether it would make a difference which one went first – this sort of thing does get to one eventually…); I’ve therefore spent a chunk of this afternoon indulging in a bit of light relief, and this podcast is the result; it’s ages since I did one, so it’s definitely a bit rough round the edges, but it’ll do…

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/gnyhg-5cd4c8?from=yiiadmin

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Solid Gold Classics

I think two things probably need explaining about this post, for everyone who knows me in the non-virtual world. The first is that ‘Abahachi’ is my well-established online identity (certainly well enough established that I have no intention of abandoning it now, however inconvenient it may prove in a context that’s a bit more closely related to my professional world); yes, this is Neville Morley. The second is that, under this alias, I intermittently produce music-related podcasts on one of the other blogs I frequent regularly. As it happens, the latest episode dealt with a selection of songs about ancient history, so the inauguration of a classics-related blog offers an ideal opportunity to try to add to my audience figures. Even better if I can stir up a bit of controversy: I’ve now come to the conclusion that the Nico song featured in this podcast is not merely puzzling but actively rubbish. Peter Hammill, on the other hand, offers a genuinely interesting take on the subject of Pompeii…

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/v3gup-5d1275?from=yiiadmin

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