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The great find and great loss of Childeric’s treasure

Childeric I was the king of the Salian Franks from 457 until his death in 481/2 A.D., and the father of Clovis I, the man who would unite the Frankish tribes under his rulership and become the first of the Merovingian kings of France. Childeric established a capital at Tournai on lands he had received [...]

Rare intact rosary found in Michigan colonial fort

Archaeologists excavating the fur trading village and colonial fort of Michilimackinac on the tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula have discovered a rare intact rosary that may be as much as 250 years old. Colonial Michilimackinac is an open air museum and state park on the site of an 18th-century French fort and fur trading village [...]

ROMAN BRITAIN: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Peter Salway OUP (2nd edn, 2015) p/b 122pp £7.99 (ISBN 9780198712169) This book is a concise, clear and readable history of Roman Britain across four centuries. It is ideal for the general reader, including one who comes to the subject with no previous knowledge. The book is…

LATE SOPHOCLES: THE HERO’S EVOLUTION IN ELECTRA, PHILOCTETES, AND OEDIPUS AT COLONUS

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Thomas Van Nortwick Michigan (2015) h/b 160pp £56.95 (ISBN 9780472119561) Written in Sophocles’ ninth decade (V.N. places Electra close to 410 BC), Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus are far from being the mellow reflections of old age. Instead, they are contentious and innovative, redefining the rules…

OVID: THE OFFENSE OF LOVE Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, and Tristia 2

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Julia Dyson Hejduk Wisconsin (2014) p/b 268pp £15.95 (ISBN 9780299302047) H.’s translation with commentary, which is the first to include both the cause of Ovid’s ‘offence’ and his ‘defence’ of his writings, is aimed at readers who have no classical knowledge. As a result, a detailed introduction…

THE LOST SECOND BOOK OF ARISTOTLE’S POETICS

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Walter Watson Chicago (2015) p/b 304pp £29 (ISBN 9780226875088) This very engaging work sets out to save a whole treasure chest of priceless gems from an eternity in scholarly limbo, the chest being the lost second book of Aristotle’s Poetics. For some time now scholars have argued…

LATIN: A LINGUISTIC INTRODUCTION

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Renato Oniga, ed. and trans. by Norma Schifano OUP (2014) 345pp £24.99 (ISBN 9780198702863) How to bring together Chomsky and Latin? The concept of this book (a translation, incorporating minor changes, by Norma Schifano of Renato Oniga’s Il Latino: Breve introduzione linguistica [Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2004]) is an ambitious…

Hermione leads New York Parade of Ships

L’Hermione arrived in New York City on July 1st, firing its cannons in salute to the city that welcomed the Marquis de Lafayette with a screaming throng of 50,000, a third of the city’s population at the time, in 1824. It docked at Pier 15 on the East River in Lower Manhattan right across from [...]

Two 16th c. silver vessels found in pre-Inca fortress

High in the Andean cloud forest of Peru’s remote Amazonas Region, archaeologists excavating the site of Purunllacta de Soloco have unearthed two silver vessels that lend unique insight into the history of the area in the transitional period after the Spanish conquest. Built by the pre-Inca Chachapoya culture, Purunllacta de Soloco is a thousand-year-old fortress [...]

Ancient footprint found in tile at Vindolanda

The Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland one mile south of Hadrian’s Wall, the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire, is renowned for the great number of organic artifacts preserved for 2,000 years in its anaerobic soil. The Romans built nine forts on the site, each time demolishing buildings and covering them with clay and [...]

Unique pre-Civil War Brooklyn Atlantics card for sale

It’s a card and there’s a picture of a baseball team on it, but it’s not a baseball card in the classic sense. It’s not a trade card, printed by a business to promote a product. It’s not part of a series depicting multiple players and teams. It is a precursor and a very important [...]

Leonidas III: Usurper and Murderer?

It has become fashionable to denigrate the memory of Leonidas by associating him with suicide bombers (Cartledge) or by accusing him of murdering his brother. Thus Dr. Nic Fields in Thermopylae 480 BC: Last stand of the 300 dismisses...Show More Summary

Stolen Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture

Appeal following theft of unique Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture Police are appealing for information after a unique stone artefact was stolen from a church in Hovingham, near Malton. Some time between 23 May and 6 June 2015, offenders entered All Saints Church in Hovingham and stole a carved stone which was on display in the recess […]

156 years ago today, the first man crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope

On June 30th, 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin was the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Born Jean François Gravelet in 1824, Blondin began his career as performer of acrobatic stunts when he was five years old. Orphaned at age nine, he continued in his chosen career, constantly challenging himself to [...]

Lost chapel found in Mike and Mary Hudd’s yard

In June of 2014, Mike and Mary Hudd of Bincknoll Cottage, Bincknoll, Wiltshire, were doing some landscaping in their garden, employing a machine to pull out the roots of a fallen tree, when they unearthed stonework remains. Mary, an avid amateur archaeologist, stopped the landscaping and started excavating, carefully exposing enough of the upper layer [...]

500-year-old teratoma found in Peru skeleton

Oh, and it’s a good one, too. (By good I mean super gross.) Teratomas, for those of you not as repulsed/fascinated by them as I am, are benign tumors in which germ cells gone awry grow random body parts like teeth, hair, bone and soft tissue like muscle, thyroid and skin. They usually set up [...]

VIRTUE AND REASON IN PLATO AND ARISTOTLE

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By A.W. Price OUP (2015) p/b 356pp £22.50 ISBN 9780198709350 This is a book which focuses almost entirely on Plato and Aristotle, and covers a wide range of material from the two philosophers, seeking to point the similarities and the differences, as well as including appraisals of a…

ODES : HORACE

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:translated by David R. Slavitt. Wisconsin (2014) p/b 184pp £10.50 (ISBN 978029854 8) In his introduction to The Penguin Book of Modern Verse Translation, George Steiner refers to Borges’ story of a man toiling his life away translating Don Quixote into the original Spanish. We all know that…

INTRODUCING GREEK PHILOSOPHY

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By M.R. Wright Acumen Press (2009) p/b 244pp £19.99 (ISBN 9781844651832) (Online publication [2013] ISBN: 9781844654390) This volume offers a ‘concise and accessible introduction to ancient...Show More Summary

THE VIENNA EPIGRAMS PAPYRUS: CORPUS PAPYRORUM RAINERI Band XXXIII

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Edited by P.J. Parsons, H. Maehler, F. Maltomini De Gruyter (2015) h/b 153pp (incl. 7 plates) £109.95 (ISBN 9783110354522) For those with a special interest in the tradition of Greek epigram or in the continuing and important developments in papyrology, this is a major new contribution to our…

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