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LACMA acquires, restores 18th c. Damascus Room

In late Ottoman-era Damascus, the wealthy had homes built in the Old City that looked plain on the outside but only because they were saving all the good stuff for the interiors. Richly decorated rooms with elaborately carved and painted wood panels and colorful stone inlays faced onto courtyards kept cool and fragrant by fountains [...]

1917 blackboard lessons found in Oklahoma City school

Workers dismantling old blackboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City to make way for new whiteboards and Smart Boards discovered blackboards with lessons and drawings intact from November of 1917. Instead of being removed, they had been covered up with new “Slate Black Boards” installed by D. J. Gers & Co. We know this [...]


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Eric H. Cline Princeton (2014) h/b 237pp £19.95 (ISBN 9780691140986) In 1177 BC, according to Egyptian records on the walls of the mortuary temple of Ramses III near the Valley of the Kings, a collective that we (not Egyptians) call ‘Sea peoples’ moved down from Syria to…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Paul Chrystal Amberley (2014) p/b 288pp £9.99 (ISBN 9781445643762) C. provides a wide ranging and detailed survey of his subject. In dealing with the lives of the women of Rome, he covers material from the foundation of Rome to the end of the Empire. In addition the…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Vasily Rudich Routledge Monographs (2015) h/b 350pp £100 (ISBN 9780415161060) As R. says himself in his preface, this is not strictly a history of the Jewish War; it is specifically a discursive exploration of the part probably played by religious dissent in the development of the revolt…

Herodotus: narrator, scientist historian: Delphi Friday 3 – Sunday 6 July 2015

Seen on the Classicists list: The European Cultural Centre of Delphi will host a conference entitled ‘Herodotus: narrator, scientist historian’ at Delphi on Friday 3 – Sunday 6 July 2015. The programme is as below. All are welcome to attend, especially graduate students, to up to 20 of whom the ECCD offers a bursary which […]

Oldest tea in Britain found in museum stores

Researchers have identified the oldest known tea in Britain in the stores of the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London. The small box of loose-leaf green tea is part of a collection of “Vegetables and Vegetable Substances” that was bequeathed to the nation by Hans Sloane, physician to three monarchs in a row, president of [...]

RepiTitiationes ~ 05/01/15

"Housestead Hoodies" AKA genii cucullati AKA hooded spirits. #mysterious #RomanBritain — Caroline Lawrence (@CarolineLawrenc) May 1, 2015 #Fresco showing Venus reclining in the arms of...Show More Summary

BMCR 2015.04.06 Lambrecht on Power, Gibson, Suetonius, the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.06 Tristan Power, Roy K. Gibson (ed.), Suetonius, the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 338. ISBN 9780199697106. $150.00. Reviewed by Ulrich...Show More Summary

BMCR 2015.04.07 Zetzel on Arrighetti, Canfora, Guida, Bossina, De Martino, Giorgio Pasquali sessant’anni dopo

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.07 Graziano Arrighetti, Luciano Canfora, Augusto Guida, Luciano Bossina, Domenico De Martino, Giorgio Pasquali sessant’anni dopo. Atti della Giornata di studio (Firenze, 1° ottobre 2012). Margaritae, 2. Show More Summary

BMCR 2015.04.08 Devecka on Marshall, Coluccio Salutati: On the World and Religious Life

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.08 Tina Marshall (trans.), Coluccio Salutati: On the World and Religious Life. The I Tatti Renaissance Library, 62. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. xix, 391. ISBN 9780674055148. Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 04/30/15

Pharaoh was pretty ripped in the Roman period. And that's a very short kilt you're wearing your majesty… — Chris Naunton (@chrisnaunton) April 30, 2015 Romans had a solution for small toiletries: put tweezers et al. Show More Summary

Museum acquires St. Albans gold coin hoard

The hoard of 159 Roman gold coins discovered near St. Albans, Hertfordshire, in the fall of 2012 has been acquired by St. Albans’ Verulamium Museum. The first 55 coins were unearthed on September 23rd by first-time metal detectorist Wesley Carrington who found the first coin seven inches under the surface just 15 minutes after beginning [...]

RepiTitiationes ~ 04/29/15

Connecting the physical to the digital. Interview with @sree, chief digital officer @MetMuseum — Museum-iD (@MuseumID) April 21, 2015 Neglected Egyptian influences on ancient Rome: … n, this is Egyptian. Show More Summary

400 years of fashion porn at the Rijksmuseum

In 2009, the Rijksmuseum acquired two vast collections of fashion plates: the Raymond Gaudriault Collection and the MA Ghering-van Ierlant Collection. The two collections brought more than 8,000 prints, many of the hand-colored engravings, from the year 1600 through the first half of the 20th century to the museum. It took years for curators to [...]

Keynote/abstracts: Gender, Identity, and Intersectionality work shop

Seen on the Classicists list: Keynote announcement: We are very pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz will deliver the keynote lecture at the University of Auckland’s workshop on ‘Gender, identity, and intersectionality in antiquity: models of oppression and privilege’. Show More Summary

BMCR 2015.05.40 Bonnet on Rutherford, State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.05.40 Ian Rutherford, State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece: A Study of Theôriâ and Theôroi. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 534. ISBN 9781107038226. $120.00. Show More Summary

RepiTitationes ~ 04/28/25

Always in catchup mode: Roman military diploma in Latin dated June 13, 80 AD, from Carnuntum, in the Danubian province of Noricum. — ClassicPics (@History_Pics) April 28, 2015 Oldest, still existing Roman Gate in Trier Germany. Show More Summary

CJ~Online 2015.05.10 Polt on Stevens, Silence in Catullus

CJ-Online ~ 2015.05.10 Silence in Catullus. By Benjamin Eldon Stevens. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013. Pp. x + 338. Paper, $34.95. ISBN: 978-0-299-29664-3. Reviewed by Christopher B. Polt, University of South Florida (cpolt) "Silence" is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Catullus’ poetry, where even the beds shout […]

BMCR 2015.05.41 Zeiner-Carmichael on Whitton, Pliny the Younger: Epistles, Book II

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.05.41 Christopher Whitton, Pliny the Younger: Epistles, Book II. Cambridge Greek and Latin classics. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. xiii, 328. ISBN 9780521187275. $34.99 (pb). Show More Summary

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