Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Author of the blog tells/writes mostly about what is not so generally known as the modern day international pop-culture events and people, which Author dislikes, especially the modern day Russian ones.
The Russian-Lithuanian movie, released in 1971, is my favorite screen version of the book Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). Could I forget the main character Jim Hawkins? The blond blue-eyed boy with his golden skin and natural pony-tail, which long hair would be a usual hairstyle among the comely blue-eyed blond youths of the Baltic republics, soon after 1971. In 1971, other imaginative movie was realized, Death in Venice. Two movies in 1971. Two seashores. Two beautiful blond boys. Two screen versions. Two books by European classic writers. Coincidence? Personally I don’t believe in coincidences.
Friday, March 18, 2011
As we know, Count Dracula is out and about again and as always, and today we shall talk about Van Helsing movie, which has a direct relation to the Vampire (unlike the lovely picture above). Gabriel Van Helsing is “also tasked with preventing the last of the Valerious family from falling into purgatory; the family swore to kill Dracula nine generations ago and is unable to enter Heaven until they succeed.” That’s all right, but the name “Valerious”. The Name indicates to descending from Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, but it’s not true, to put it mildly, because “no family line records survived.” Nowadays and in Middle Ages, there always were people who claim descent from a patrician line, from the most ancient and famous or any patrician families/gentes of ancient Rome (Julii, Anii and others), but there is not one shred of evidence. As we know, The Wallachian-Hungarian family of Korvin, which came to prominence with Janos Hunyadi and his son, Matthias Corvinus Hunyadi, King of Hungary and Bohemia, claimed to be descended from Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus (from the Valerii family)--later, some noble Polish families who later followed the Hunyadis--but there is scant if any historical evidence. The Hunyadis called themselves "Corvinus" and had their coins minted displaying a "raven with a ring". Their biographer, “the Italian Antonio Bonfini, who was well-versed with the classical Latin authors, provided the Hunyadis with the epithet Corvinus. This was supposedly due to a case in which Messalla, while on the battlefield, accepted a challenge to single combat issued to the Romans by a barbarian warrior of great size and strength. Suddenly, a raven flew from a trunk, perched upon Messalla's helmet, and began to attack his foe's eyes with its beak so fiercely that the barbarian was blinded, and the Roman beat him easily. In memory of this event, Messalla's agnomen Corvinus (from Corvus, Raven) was interpreted as derived from this event.”
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In the first part of 18th century, in one of Russian provinces, a fresh corpse of a prehistoric pangolin was found by peasants in the forests or fields--which is a fact. The dead animal was defined as an unknown and unbelievable animal, seen never before. A kind of a dinosaur, judging by the chronicle record. 7 metres long, from the tip of the tail to the nose, with wings like a bat’s, walking on two legs, with small front paws. The corpse was measured, described in details and recorded by the local officials, which is a fact. Then rare finding was placed in a barrel full of vodka instead of spirit; the barrel was placed on a cart, and accompanied by several men, the carriage took the road to the capital of the Russian Empire, the new-built city of Saint Petersburg. But the amazing and unique finding never reached the place of destination and remained generally unknown for ever, which is a fact too. It was said that on the way, the several men drank all the vodka from the barrel and ate up the dinosaur using it as a snack, which is a legend--but it sounds so verisimilar that it may be regarded as a fact, in my view. Nowadays, in the same Russian province, according to the news in autumn 2010, an unknown animal drinks blood of hens by night and the few witnesses describe the animal as a winged dinosaur, only much smaller than that found in the past, only 1 metre long. The catastrophic fires in summer 2010 could force the animal to leave the dense forests.
in the Aedicula Antinoi, one can find a lot of things about Antinous, from essays on Antinous and various deities, to essays about Antinous in relation to different theological issues, to lots of collected/translated texts on Antinous, Hadrian, etc. A great deal of that material is going to be published in the upcoming books The Doctor's Notes, Volume One: Devotio Antinoo and The Doctor's Notes, Volume Two: Studium Antinoi.