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The Campbell Sisters dance into UK museums

A unique life-sized marble sculpture capturing the lovely young Campbell sisters mid-dance has been jointly acquired by the Victoria & Albert and the Scottish National Gallery. The sculptural group sold at auction last July for $868,090 to a foreign buyer. To keep the rare masterpiece in the country, the sale price was raised by the [...]

GREEK TRAGIC STYLE: Form, Language and Interpretation

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by R.B. Rutherford CUP (2012) p/b 471pp £22.99 (ISBN 9781107470750) No better book on Greek tragedy has been published in the 21st century than this one. R.’s project is highly ambitious. Always giving chapter and verse, he discusses what the characters and the choruses say or sing and…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Translated and with Introduction and Historical Commentary By D. Wardle OUP (2014) p/b 603pp £100 (ISBN 9780199686469)  If you want all the lies and smears about the early Roman emperors, and a lot more mildly random information, Suetonius is your man. I, Claudius was based on Robert Graves’s…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Ed. by Judith Evans Grubbs and Tim Parkin with Roslynne Bell OUP (2013) h/b 690pp £100 (ISBN 9780199781546) This large, heavy volume is dedicated to the memory of the renowned scholar of Roman family studies, Beryl Rawson, who sadly died while it was being compiled. It is not…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Harry Mount Bloomsbury (2015) h/b 264pp £18.99 (ISBN 9781472904678) Despite the pretentious title, this book is both modest and entertaining, if a little self—indulgent. Mount is a journalist, writer (Amo, Amas, Amat and All That) and classical scholar in the British tradition—Westminster and Oxford—and the book records…

Oldest message in a bottle found in Germany

There’s a new contender for oldest message in a bottle. This one was found by retired postal worker Marianne Winkler when it washed up on the shore of the German island of Amrum on the North Sea coast. She was there on vacation, walking on the beach, when she came across the clear bottle on [...]

rcReview ~ Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano #ROMPEII

Back in June, I was one of a group of blogger types whom the Royal Ontario Museum graciously allowed to attend the media opening of their Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano exhibition (which, it should be noted, is NOT the same one that was at the British Museum a while back, although it […]

In Search of Roman and Pre-Roman Distaffs

Background: Dr  Elizabeth Barber and Kim Caulfield are investigating Roman and pre-Roman distaffs and are seeking help finding examples, since they are often misidentified in collections.  I include both the pdf they sent me as well as a html version of their “Wanted Poster” below since I could not extract some of the images (best […]

Mother meets daughter 70 years after war tore them apart

A little balm for the soul is in order, I think, and a mother meeting her daughter for the first time 70 years after she was taken from her just after birth during World War II definitely qualifies. While still a teenager, Gianna (she prefers to remain anonymous) left her hometown of Novellara in northern [...]

Khaled al-Asaad. Archaeologist. Hero.

I haven’t posted about the nightmare of IS’ systematic destruction and looting for profit of antiquities in territories under their control because it’s so horrifying I can barely stand to read the headlines, never mind do the additional research necessary for a post. Every new outrage is covered in excruciating detail by press outlets everywhere [...]

Classics in Communities conference: Access to Classics in schools and communities – Sat 19th Sept 2015

Seen on the Classicists list: Dear Classicists, This is reminder that we are exactly a month away from the second Classics in Communities conference to be held at the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge. Spaces are still available for this conference. Title: Access to Classics in schools and communities – two years on Date: Saturday 19th […]

Mass grave points to Early Neolithic massacres

A mass grave discovered during road work in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, near Frankfurt, Germany, in 2006 is evidence of a massacre in a community of Early Neolithic farmers. The human remains were discovered by construction workers who alerted the University of Mainz to the find. Bioarchaeologist Christian Meyer and his team removed the bones in blocks of [...]

30 euro “art craft” is $15 million Picasso

A package described on the shipping label as an “art craft” worth 30 euros ($37) turns out to have been a stolen Picasso worth $15 million. The package was sent to the US from Belgium last December and was opened by customs agents at the Port of Newark who were acting on a lead. The [...]

The Daughter of Dawn dawns!

It’s been three years since I first wrote about the rediscovery of the lost silent film The Daughter of Dawn and while there have been some public screenings here and there, the long-awaited DVD and Blu-ray release seemed to be in a holding pattern. I contacted the Oklahoma Historical Society last May asking for an [...]

Settlement Era longhouse found in Reykjavík

The ruins of an early Viking longhouse have been discovered under an empty lot on Lækjargata, a street in downtown Reykjavík. The lot was excavated in advance of construction of a four-star hotel because it was known to have been the site of a turf farm built in 1799. Archaeologists did find the remains of [...]

How to wash a 17th c. tapestry

I’ve found a whole new subset of tapestry porn courtesy of the consistently entertaining Historic Royal Palaces YouTube channel: tapestry washing! The tapestry in question is February, one of a series depicting the 12 months that was commissioned by the future Charles I (then Prince of Wales) from the Mortlake Tapestry Works in 1623. At [...]

15th c. monster raised from Baltic Sea

Sweden sees your 17th century gun carriage, England, and raises you a 15th century sea monster. On Tuesday before a crowd of fascinated thousands, divers lifted the wooden figurehead of a late 15th century Danish warship from the Baltic Sea off the coast of Ronneby in southeastern Sweden. The figurehead weighs 300 kilos (661 pounds) [...]

THE SHADOW OF CREUSA: Negotiating Fictionality in Late Antique Latin Literature

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Anders Cullhed (tr. by Michael Knight) De Gruyter (2015) h/b 703pp £97.99 (ISBN 9783110310863) Imagine that you are a writer and your aim is to set up a school to promote the teaching of Christian religion; that you live in the Roman Empire at some point between…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Richard Sorabji OUP (2014) h/b 265pp £22.50 (ISBN 9780199685547) S. provides a wide-ranging survey of moral conscience throughout the whole Western tradition right up to the present day, beginning with the Greeks. He explains that the word conscience itself comes from a Latin translation of the Greek…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Catherine Keane OUP (2015) h/b 251pp £47.99 (ISBN 9780199981892) In the very first sentence of the first satire (semper ego auditor tantum?), Juvenal uses a rhetorical question with exaggeration and ellipse to establish the immediate impression of an angry author. This well-known and much discussed angry persona…

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