Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Academics / History / Ancient History / New


Contract to fix 3rd c. wrestling match found

The vast collection of papyrus fragments unearthed at the ancient site of Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, the late 19th, early 20th century continues to bear sweet fruit. King’s College London Classics professor Dominic Rathbone has translated one of the Oxyrhynchus texts and found it’s the only ancient match-fixing contract ever discovered. Written in 267 A.D. in the [...]

Is This Greek Inscription Known? Is It Even Ancient?

Another one I’ve come across, but I can’t really tell if it is genuine or not from the photo nor can I figure out if it is even ancient:

Roman Emperor Otho's Death

This Day in Ancient History : Otho © Trustees of the British Museum, produced by Natalia Bauer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme On this day in ancient Rome, in the... Read Full Post

Are These Inscriptions Known?

A couple of items which have shown up in online forums in the past while:

Norway gives lost Chinese 1927 silent film to China

The only known surviving copy of a classic 1927 Chinese silent film has returned home. The restored copy of Pan Si Dong (The Cave of the Silken Web) was handed over to the China Film Archive in Beijing on Tuesday. After the ceremony and a reception attended by invited guests, the film, accompanied live by [...]

Impressive LiveTweeting of the Classical Association Conference

There’s some excellent livetweeting going on right now of the Classical Association shindig in Nottingham. It’s pretty much a model of how to do it (although I’d still like to see abstracts posted before a talk) and is possibly the next best thing to being there. The official hashtag is #CA14, although #CA2014 is also […]

Egyptian clay coffin with human face found in Jezreel

Archaeologists excavating a site near Tel Shadud in Israel’s Jezreel Valley before a natural gas pipeline is installed in the area have unearthed a rare anthropoid clay coffin from the reign of Pharaoh Seti I (1290 B.C. to 1279 B.C.). The cylindrical coffin has a serene face sculpted in the lid, with hands crossed on [...]

Mausoleum of Augustus restoration to begin this year

Happy 43rd birthday, Tom Carroll! This one’s for you. Caesar Augustus, adopted son and heir of Julius Caesar and first emperor of Rome, died on August 19th, 14 A.D., 57 years to the day after he was first “elected” consul of Rome. (He showed up at the city gates with eight legions, so it wasn’t [...]

N.S. Gill | First of the Soldier Emperors, Septimius Severus

@About.com/Ancient History  First of the Soldier Emperors, Septimius Severus.

JOB: Languages @ UTennessee (one year)

Seen on various lists: The Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee invites applications for a one-year, full-time, non-tenure-track position at the rank of Lecturer for the 2014-15 academic year. Ph.D. required at commencement of appointment.  Demonstrated excellence in teaching classical languages required. Show More Summary

The ASOR Blog | Ask an Archaeologist: Dr. Emily Holt, Zooarchaeologist and Oberlin College Assistant Professor

@The ASOR Blog Ask an Archaeologist: Dr. Emily Holt, Zooarchaeologist and Oberlin College Assistant Professor http://ift.tt/1ewBqM4

The Second Achilles | Plutarch’s women: Thaïs of Athens, Olympias and Telesippa (Chapts. 38, 39 & 41)

@The Second Achilles Plutarch’s women: Thaïs of Athens, Olympias and Telesippa (Chapts. 38, 39 & 41) http://ift.tt/OP1fjD

Penn Museum Blog | Jugs that rattle and roll

@Penn Museum Blog Jugs that rattle and roll http://ift.tt/1iDMMk1

The Second Achilles | Plutarch’s Women: Stateira I, her daughters; Persian Women and a Wolf’s Mother; the Pythia (Chapts. 30 & 37)

@The Second Achilles Plutarch’s Women: Stateira I, her daughters; Persian Women and a Wolf’s Mother; the Pythia (Chapts. 30 & 37) http://ift.tt/1hG9Z2A

British Museum blog | The die that struck Britain’s first coins?

@British Museum blog The die that struck Britain’s first coins? http://ift.tt/1iDMGJ5

Laudator Temporis Acti | Conversion

@Laudator Temporis Acti Conversion http://ift.tt/1kAn2uh

AWOL | OCRE Update: Caracalla through Elagabalus

@AWOL – The Ancient World Online OCRE Update: Caracalla through Elagabalus http://ift.tt/1gf4DMm

Roger Pearse | Digitising ancient texts – the future that did not happen

@Roger Pearse Digitising ancient texts – the future that did not happen http://ift.tt/1sKSZl6

Powered By Osteons: Who needs a classicist? (Installment 2)

@Powered By Osteons Who needs a classicist? (Installment 2) http://ift.tt/1sKSZS9

Following Hadrian | Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!

@FOLLOWING HADRIAN Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe! http://ift.tt/1qDFwHQ

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC