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The British Museum, London

January 24, 2004 - We decided to spend a day with Sean at the British Museum in London.  Paul had been there before, but we hadn't.  It was really cool to see the Elgin marbles, since we had seen the rest of the [extant] Parthenon marbles when we went on the Greece trip during our Rome semesters.  After our day, we walked around London a bit and then had a wonderful dinner in a little Thai restaurant near the theater district.



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The first two pictures are of the grand hall of the museum (from a window on an upper floor).  The next two picture are of the real Rosetta stone.  I was quite excited to see it.  I have a bunch of Polaroid's that I took of a copy of the Rosetta stone at the Field Museum in Chicago when I was about nine.  I thought it was the coolest thing back then and I was even more impressed with the real thing.

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The Met in Chicago has an Egyptian temple and the British Museum has a Greek temple (well, it's funeral monument/temple).  The next picture is the hall which exhibits the Elgin marbles, taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin.  The third picture is a close up of a scene, which is thought to have inspired a line about "cattle lowing at the moon" in Keat's Ode to a Grecian Urn

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Back (well, forward really) in the Roman section, I caught sight of a couple of friends of mine.  The first bust is of Germanicus, one of the Emperor Augustus' ill-fated heirs, who had a prominent place in my undergraduate thesis.  The second is one is of Julius Caesar.  (It's taken from his "good side" - the other side is broken.)



3 Feb 2004