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This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem v kalendas decembres

ante diem v kalendas decembres 43 B.C. — the lex Titia de triumvirato gave G. Julius Caesar Octavianus, Marcus Antonius, and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus the title of triumviri rei publicae constituendae with near-dictatorial powers for a period of five years 8 B.C. — death of the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) ca 110 A.D. — […]

Frescoes torn from Paestum tomb walls found

A group of five frescoes torn from the walls of a tomb in Paestum, southern Italy, have been found by the Carabinieri art theft squad. The frescoes date to around the 4th century B.C. and depict a warrior returning triumphant from battle on his horse followed by attendants, one of them driving a mule laden [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vi kalendas decembres

ante diem vi kalendas decembres 311 — Martyrdom of Peter of Alexandria 1689 — death of Marquard Gude (Classical archaeologist … more of an epigraphist) 1719 — death of John Hudson (Classicist) 1905 — birth of Robert Hamilton (archaeologist … mostly Near Eastern, among other things) 1922 — Howard Carter sees “wonderful things”

Repititiationes ~ 11/25/15

Nereid monument another tomb for a dynast, Xanthos Lysia. Greek artisans offer temple/tomb blending. #2p34 — Nadine Brundrett (@BrundrettNadine) November 25, 2015 Nereid monument decorated with reliefs show king Arbinas’ local conquests. Show More Summary

7th century tavern with plates still on shelf found in Ephesus

The Austrian Archeological Institute (OAI) has unearthed a 7th century Byzantine-era tavern in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus one mile southwest of the town of Selçuk, Turkey. The tavern was discovered by accident during work to protect one of the three main roads of the city, the Embolos (the OAI call it the Kuretenstraße), [...]

Repititiationes ~ 11/24/15

Use it in a sentence… — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 24, 2015 @HellenicMuseum @DimitriNakassis @FieldMuseum but don't you dare take photos! — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 24, 2015...Show More Summary

Staedtler erasers help solve mystery of ultra-thin 13th c. parchment

For a short window of about 80 years in the 13th century, small, portable bibles were produced on a large scale to satisfy the needs of the growing mendicant friar community and university students. Both groups needed bibles that were lightweight and easy to transport, a far cry from the large, thick-paged, multi-volume bibles common [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem viii kalendas decembres

ante diem viii kalendas decembres 29/30 A.D. — partial solar eclipse in the eastern Mediterranean which is sometimes associated with the crucifixion 62 A.D. — death of the satirist Aulus Persius Flaccus (source?) 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Felicissimus and Firmina 1785 — birth of August Boeckh (one of those old time German philologists who live […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/23/15

Huge & exciting news for the History program a & the Arts Faculty — Louise A. Hitchcock (@ashlarblocks) November 23, 2015 Roman villa TWICE the size of Lullingstone's unearthed in Otford | Sevenoaks ChronicleShow More Summary

Pendant found in Bulgaria is among oldest known gold jewelry

Archaeologists excavating the Bronze Age site of Solnitsata near the northeastern Bulgarian town of Provadiya have discovered what may be some of the oldest known worked gold in Europe. It’s a small pendant made of two ounces of what archaeologists estimate is 24-carat gold although it hasn’t been assayed yet. It was found in a [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem ix kalendas decembres

ante diem ix kalendas decembres 534 B.C. — Thespis wins ‘best actor’ at the first City Dionysia (? I’m inferring from strange claims in Wikipedia here … it’s a slow TDIAH day) ca. 101 — martyrdom (?) of Clement I 1852 — birth of Charles Graux (French Classicist … see Melanges Graux for a biography) […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/22/15

A Don’s Life: A Museum of Socialist Art — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015 Laudator Temporis Acti: Beatus Vir — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015Show More Summary

Historical archive found in Russian birds nests

Archaeologists have discovered an archive of 19th and early 20th century Russian history assembled by birds nesting in the attic of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod, a small medieval town 40 miles west of Moscow. Restorers have been working on the church, built in the early 15th century, since 2009, repairing the facade, [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem x kalendas decembres

c. 70 A.D. — martyrdom of Philemon and Apphia c. 117 A.D. — martyrdom of Cecilia 1817  — according to Wikipedia, Frédéric Cailliaud discovered the Roman emerald mines at Sikait on this date (but I can’t track down their sources) 1891 — birth of Victor Ehrenberg (Solon to Socrates, among others) 1909 — birth of Allan […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part two)

Bulgarian Police Seize Almost 1,000 Archaeological Artifacts from Treasure Hunters — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 21, 2015 @LacusCurtius @papyrologyatman I 've no problem with private collections,...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part one)

Inscripciones romanas en 3D, a un clic. ¿Conoces nuestro proyecto de #epigrafía virtual? — MAN Arqueológico Nac (@MANArqueologico) November 20, 2015 @stephenjohnkay @ef_rome Delighted with my exhibition catalogues from this morning's purchases. Show More Summary

Movie posters found under old linoleum sell for more than $200,000

From the annals of every history nerd’s fantasies, a home renovation revealed a treasure trove of vintage movie posters under a linoleum floor (and the original hardwood to boot). Builder Robert Basta purchased the southern Pennsylvania home cheap at auction because it needed a lot of work. He planned to renovate it for resale, something [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xi kalendas decembres

ante diem xi kalendas decembres 164 B.C. — Judas Maccabeus restores the Temple in Jerusalem, including removal of the Hellenistic statuary (maybe) 53 B.C. – Death of Marcus Licinius Crassus in Mesopotamia shortly after his defeat at Carrhae (maybe) 1912 — birth of Pierre Grimal (Classicist) 1914 — birth of Michael Grant (yes, the incredibly prolific one) […]

Speaking of the Rijksmuseum…

Some of you might remember the greatest of all flashmobs that was created to celebrate the reopening of the museum and the return of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to its original location. It’s been more than two years since I posted it, and I still regularly rewatch the video. It’s just so, so good. A [...]

Repititiationes ~ 11/20/15

A short one … day was too busy to monitor things: My plan for winter break: put the finishing touches on my newest guide and release it in the new year! ???? #arthistory — Amy Martin (@la_caravaggista) November...Show More Summary

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