Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life

... and in this case death:

A UNIVERSITY student died after being hurled 100ft through the air by a medieval-style "trebuchet" catapult, an inquest heard yesterday.

Kostydin Yankov, 19, an Oxford University student, suffered multiple injuries and serious spinal damage when he fell short of the safety net.

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The device is based on the trebuchets used in medieval times to hurl rocks and dead animals over castle walls during sieges. It uses a tonne of lead weight to give a see-saw effect and propel volunteers hundreds of feet into the air.

3 comments:

Coke said...
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Coke said...

Speaking of the uses and disadvantages of history, have you looked at the new book on Nietszche and antiquity? I noticed the review in BMCR and I was surprised, since so many classical profs I've known seem to have such a strong disgust for the guy (especially for his Birth of Tragedy). Is this new book in the stacks at our beloved tri-college?

dennis said...

Nietzsche has received greater interest in recent years. Are you familiar with the famous Nietzsche-Wilamowitz controversy? It's one of the great stories in the history of classical scholarship. Maybe I'll post about it.

An interesting bit that illustrates something of the rivalry:

James I. Porter argues in Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future that Paul Maas followed Nietzsche rather than his teacher Wilamowitz in Griechische Metrik but never acknowledged his debt out of respect to Wilamowitz.

It doesnlt look like the book is in the library system, but hopefully the BMCR copy is on its way to being donated (though I haven't seen it, and most BMCR donations go through me these days.)