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Hiker finds 1,200-year-old Viking sword

A hiker in Norway has discovered a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in such good condition that with a vigorous oiling, a little time on a whetstone and a new grip it could still be used today. Gøran Olsen was hiking an ancient trail in Haukeli, south central Norway, when he sat down to take a break [...]

Photo of iceberg that may have sunk the Titanic for sale

A photograph of an iceberg that may be the one that sank the Titanic is going up for auction on Saturday, October 24th. The picture was taken the morning of April 15th, 1912, by M. Linoenewald, Chief Steward of the German liner Prinz Adalbert a few miles south of where the Titanic had gone down [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem x kalendas novembres

ante diem x kalendas novembres 64 B.C. — birth of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (maybe) 42 B.C. — the forces of Marcus Antonius and Octavian defeat those of Cassius and Brutus in the second Battle of Phillipi; Brutus subsequently commited suicide 12 A.D. — the future emperor Tiberius celebrates a triumph for his victories in Pannonia and Dalmatia […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/22/15

@pompei79 maybe it's just lingering in my brain but cf — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) October 22, 2015 Dear @Discovery, what is this "early Christian campaign against pagan art" you refer to? 'Cuz it's not history. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xi kalendas novembres

ante diem xi kalendas novembres 4004 B.C. — 9.00 a.m. … according to Bishop Ussher, God created the universe 50 B.C. — the ‘Civil War’ between Pompey and Caesar began (not sure where this one comes from) 1915 — Birth of Barbara Craig (Classical archaeologist) 2000 — death of H.D. Jocelyn (The Tragedies of Ennius) […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/21/15

2015.10.26: Sandrine Dubel, Sophie Gotteland, Formes et genres du dialogue antique. Scripta… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 21, 2015 See the Entire Iliad Read by 66 Actors. More Summary

Repair of King Tutankhamun’s beard begins

The restoration of the golden funerary mask of King Tutankhamun has begun after last year’s botched attempted to reattach the false beard left it with a thick, ugly layer of visible epoxy glue and scratches on the gold. The mask was removed from public view on the second floor of the Egyptian Museum two weeks [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xii kalendas novembres

ante diem xii kalendas novembres 1558 – death of Julius Caesar Scaliger  

Repititiationes ~ 10/20/15

2015.10.24: Mauro Bonazzi, Il platonismo. Piccola biblioteca Einaudi. Mappe, 56. Torino… — BMCR (@BMCReview) October 20, 2015 #exhibition Nea Paphos: 50 Years of Polish Excavations, 1965-2015' at the #Cyprus Museum...Show More Summary

Imperial ramp of Domitian opens to public

For the first time since it was discovered in 1900, a monumental ramp built by Emperor Domitian in Rome opened to the public on Tuesday, October 20th. Domitian built the ramp in the second half of the 1st century A.D. to connect the Roman Forum, the administrative and political heart of the city, to the [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~

ante diem xiii kalendas novembres 480 B.C. — Battle of Salamis (one reckoning; seems a bit late) 127 A.D. — ludi votivi decennales pro salute Augusti c. 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Maximus of Aquila 1524 — death of Thomas Linacre … “the best Greek and Latin scholar of his age” 1952 — death of […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/19/15

'Sifting Through the Dirt to Uncover the Temple Mount’s Secrets.' #TempleMount #Israel — Ancient History (@ahencyclopedia) October 19, 2015 2,000 Year Old Roman Boat Found at Bottom of...Show More Summary

Bronze Age weapon cache found on Scottish island

Archaeologists excavating the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland nature reserve on the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland have discovered a cache of 3,000-year-old broken bronze weapons. The excavation, directed by the Treasure Trove Unit in conjunction with National Museums Scotland and the RSPB, recovered twelve objects from [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xiv kalendas novembres

ante diem xiv kalendas novembres Armilustrium — a festival in honour of Mars which officially (it seems) brought the campaigning season to an end. The Salii (the dancing priests of Mars) were likely heavily involved with their characteristic dance and with the storage of their figure eight shields. A lustratio (purification ritual) also took place […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/18/15

A Punic Pegasus: Sicilian dekadrachm from the 1st Punic War (ca. 264-260) with the legend B'RST (in the land?) — Edward Zarrow (@drzarrow) October 18, 2015 Not everyone's interested in philosophy, Socrates…. Show More Summary

Florida’s only prehistoric saltwater canoe goes on display

A prehistoric dugout canoe discovered in 2001 on Weedon Island in Tampa Bay, Pinellas County, Florida, has gone on display after 14 years of conscientiousness, dedication and hard work. Ken Pachulski and Harry Koran found a piece of the wood sticking out of the mangrove peat on the shore of the Weedon Island Preserve. Once [...]

Jefferson-era chemistry hearth found in UVA’s Rotunda

The University of Virginia Rotunda building, originally designed by Thomas Jefferson, has been undergoing an extensive renovation since 2012. The $58.3 million project has already replaced the steel panels of the dome with copper, repaired the exterior the brick work and window sashes, and is now focusing on the interior. While checking the walls of [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xv kalendas novembres

ante diem xv kalendas novembres 48 B.C. — Octavian dons his toga virilis 17 A.D. — restoration of the Temple of Janus at the Theatre of Marcellus (and associated rites thereafter) 31 A.D. — Execution of the commander of the Praetorian Guard, Lucius Aelius Sejanus, after revelation of his activities against the emperor Tiberius. 33 […]

Repititiationes ~ 10/17/15

Come be an explorer in the Roman galleries! #FNLROM — Royal Ontario Museum (@ROMtoronto) October 17, 2015 Vertumus y Pomona Charles Victoire Moench 1784-1867 — marialo (@lovalh) October 16, 2015 Kampyr Tepe, one of the cities founded by Alexander the Great in Bactria. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xvi kalendas novembres

ante diem xvi kalendas novembres 33 A.D. — death of Agrippina the Elder c. 107 — martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch

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