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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…

Intact gun carriage raised from 17th c. shipwreck

Archaeologists have successfully recovered an intact wooden gun carriage in excellent condition from the wreck of the 17th century warship the London in the Thames estuary. The gun carriage, sized to hold a cannon nine feet long, is the only complete one of its kind from this period known to survive. Alison James, a Historic [...]

THE ANIMAL PART: Human & other Animals in the Poetic Imagination

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By M. Payne Chicago (2015) p/b 164pp £17.50 (ISBN 9780226272320)  The Animal Part, first published in 2010, is part of classicists’ growing commitment to ‘post-humanism’, a body of theory that critiques understandings of culture and the world which place human beings at their centre without giving due consideration…

THE ROMAN HANNIBAL: Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus’ Punica

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Claire Stocks Liverpool University Press (2014) h/b 276pp £71.87 (ISBN 9781781380284) Much has been done in the past half-century, says S., to rehabilitate Silius, and indeed a hero called Spaltenstein has published a Commentary (in three volumes) on the entire opus—17 Books, 12,000 lines, the longest poem…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Edited by P.J. Finglass and Adrian Kelly CUP (2015) h/b 211pp £69.99 (ISBN 9781107645660) It has been a good half century or so for Stesichorus: Helen, famously so infuriated by his badmouthing that she blinded him until he retracted everything in his Palinode, has evidently been in a…

THE FRONTIERS OF ANCIENT SCIENCE: Essays in honour of Heinrich von Staden

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:Edited by Brook Holmes and Klaus-Dietrich Fischer De Gruyter (2015) h/b 754pp £97.99 (ISBN 9783110333923) This is a big heavy book (1.4 Kg) containing essays written in honour of a fine scholar of Ancient Medicine and Science. The nature of the enterprise means that there is no overall…

Mozart autograph manuscripts returns to Salzburg

A rare autograph manuscript of a piece of music transcribed by Wolfgang Mozart in around 1773 when he was 17 years old has been acquired by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and is now on display at the Salzburg Festival. A transcription of Stabat Mater a 3 voci in canone (Stabat Mater with three voices in [...]

Dutch Tourist Steals Pompeii Roof Tile …

… but it gets better: he intended to sell it on eBay to cover the cost of an iPhone. According to the various reports, a sixteen-year-old Dutch tourist took a roof tile from a domus on the Via dell’Abbondanza but was spotted and turned in to authorities by another tourist. He was later arrested, charged with […]

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