Saturday, 16 June 2012

Image of the Week #5: Discobolus in the Great Court

After a particularly hectic few weeks I'm finally going to pull my socks up and blog! To start with, here's a photo of the Townley Discobolus (Discus-Thrower), which is currently on display in the Great Court of the British Museum as part of the London Olympics celebrations.

This famous marble statue is a Roman copy of a 5th Century BC Greek bronze sculpture, and was found, along with many other statues, in the grounds of Hadrian's villa at Tivoli, Italy.

For more on the recent redisplay of the Discobolus, listen to this BBC interview with Dr. Ian Jenkins, Senior Curator at the British Museum.

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Yan Tan Tethera: A rhyme derived from a Brythonic Celtic language used by shepherds to keep sheep in many parts of England and Southern Scotland.

Until the Industrial Revolution, the use of traditional number systems was common among shepherds, especially in the Dales of the Lake District.

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