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This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vii idus octobres

ante diem vii idus octobres rites in honour of Genius Publicus rites in honour of Fausta Felicitas rites in honour of Venus Victrix ludi Augustales scaenici (day 5 — from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.) ludi Augustales scaenici (day 7 — from 19-23 A.D.) 28 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Apollo on […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/08/15

Cronache dall`antichità: Il divo Augusto – Rai Storia — Jeffrey Becker (@servilius_ahala) October 8, 2015 2015.10.11: Anthony Kaldellis, The Byzantine Republic. People and Power in New Rome… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 8, 2015 Traditionally, Roman hosts gave xenia presents to guests. Show More Summary

Spitfire excavation suspended when human remains found

An excavation to recover a Mark 1A Spitfire which crashed in the Cambridgeshire Fens during a training flight on November 22, 1940, was suspended when a fragment of human skeletal remains was found. The excavation began on Monday and was slated to last a week. Permission was only granted because the pilot’s remains were believed [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem viii idus octobres

ante diem viii idus octobres 319/318 B.C. ~ Wikipedia’s date for the birth of Pyrrhus of Epirus (source?) ludi Augustales scaenici (day 4 — from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.) ludi Augustales scaenici (day 6 — from 19-23 A.D.)

Repititiationes ~ 10/7/15

If you read one thing today about conflict antiquities, Syria, and ISIL, read this PDF from the State Dept.: #proof — Andrew Reinhard (@adreinhard) October 6, 2015 #Latin verb conjugations chart by #LatinResources...Show More Summary

Another hoard whose owner’s name is known

Last month’s discovery of a hoard with a name scratched in the pot in Bulgaria was a first for me, but that’s just because I didn’t know about the hoard of Republican Roman silver denarii discovered in the 1960s in the archaeological site of Cosa, near modern-day Ansedonia in southern Tuscany. Cosa was a Latin [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~

nonas octobres rites in honour of Jupiter Fulgur — the deity who was responsible for daytime lightning was worshipped at a shrine in the Campus Martius rites in honour of Juno Quiritis — a divinity possibly originally from Falerii and brought to Rome by evocatio in 241 B.C. was also worshipped at a shrine in […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/06/15

2015.10.05: Antonio La Penna, Rodolfo Funari, C. Sallusti Crispi Historiae I: fragmenta 1.1… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 6, 2015 2015.10.06: Thomas Van Nortwick, Late Sophocles: The Hero's Evolution in Electra… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 6, 2015 It's pretty much neck & neck — I guess the OLD and Lewis & Short have the […]

Tintin drawing earns $1.23 million at Hong Kong auction

A rare original drawing of Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi, better known as Hergé, has sold at auction in Hong Kong for $1.23 million. The India ink and gouache drawing depicts Tintin and his dog Snowy riding in a rickshaw on the streets of Shanghai while a police officer keeps a watchful eye [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~

pridie nonas octobres ludi Augustales scaenici (day 2 — from 11-19 A.D. and post 23 A.D.) — — festival in honour of Augustus involving primarily mime and pantomime theatrical displays ludi Augustales scaenici (day 4 — from 19-23 A.D.) 105 B.C. — the Cimbri inflict a massive defeat on Roman legions at Arausio 68 B.C. […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/05/15

Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the Original Akkadian & Enjoy the Sounds of Mesopotamia — Open Culture (@openculture) October 5, 2015 Bradley's Arnold Question Thread More Summary

Original drawings of Nazi booby trap bombs found

In 2005, the British National Archives released drawings and photographs of Nazi bombs disguised as everyday objects that had been collected by agents of the security service MI5 during World War II. The quotidian objects packed with hidden explosive devices would not be out of place in an episode of Get Smart: chocolate bars, Thermos [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ iii nonas octobres

iii nonas octobres mundus patet – the mundus was a ritual pit which had a sort of vaulted cover on it. Three times a year the Romans removed this cover (August 24, Oct. 5 and November 8) at which time the gates of the underworld were considered to be opened and the manes (spirits of […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/04/15

Saving the Villa of the Mysteries #ancient #history — (@LatinDiscussion) October 4, 2015 In praise of the British School at Rome. — The Classics Library (@stephenjenkin) October 4, 2015 @DorothyKing I was trying to see if the panel in the wall behind (in the painting) was it… I don't think so — rogueclassicist […]

Crowds wait 10 hours to spend minutes with “China’s Mona Lisa”

Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a 12th century painted handscroll by Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145) which is widely considered the greatest painting in China. Some scholars have dubbed it “China’s Mona Lisa,” because of its immense cultural hold, but artistically it has nothing in common with Renaissance portraiture. The almost [...]

Michigan soybean farmer digs up mammoth bones

Soybean farmer Jim Bristle was digging in a field in Lima Township, 10 miles southwest of Ann Arbor, Michigan, when he came across what he thought was an old bent fencepost. It was not a fencepost. It was a mammoth bone. When he realized it was a bone very much larger than any cow’s, Bristle [...]

Mummification more widespread in Bronze Age Britain

A new study by the University of Sheffield has found new evidence that mummification may have been more widespread in Bronze Age Britain than previously realized. The damp climate is not conducive to the preservation of soft tissues, so unless a body was preserved in an aerobic environment like a peat bog, trying to figure [...]

3 Civil War cannons raised from Pee Dee River

A team of archaeologists from the University of South Carolina have raised three Civil War cannons from the Pee Dee River in Mars Bluff, South Carolina. The cannons were the armament of the Confederate gunboat CSS Pee Dee which launched in January of 1865 and was deliberately scuttled by her crew just a month later [...]

Plaster casts of Pompeii given first CAT scans

CAT scans on 30 of the recently restored plaster casts of people killed in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. have found that Pompeiians had far better teeth than their modern counterparts. The scans showed the victims’ teeth were in excellent condition (the orthodontist who analyzed the scans called their teeth “perfect”) without a [...]

Leonidas Part VI: Leonidas the Soldier

No, this is not about Thermopylae. This is about Leonidas’ entire military career. First and foremost, Leonidas was one of the few Spartan kings, who was a professional military man. Unlike the Spartan kings before and almost all the...Show More Summary

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