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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…

5,500-year-old fingerprint found on ceramic vessel

It’s time to add another bullet point of to the list of exceptional artifacts discovered by the archaeological excavation in advance of the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Link tunnel on the island of Lolland, Denmark. There was the flint dagger with intact bark handle in October 2014, the 5,000-year-old gillnets and human footprints a [...]

Artifacts found on 700-year-old Swiss battle site

November 15th marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Morgarten, a historic clash between the militia army of the nascent Swiss Confederation and a highly trained troops of Habsburg Duke Leopold I of Austria. Fought on the banks of Lake Ägeri near the Morgarten Pass in the central Switzerland Canton of Schwyz, it was [...]

Plunderer of Swedish Churches arrested, plunder returned

Spanish police have arrested an infamous cultural heritage thief known as “el expoliador de iglesias suecas,” or “the plunderer of Swedish churches.” The 63-year-old Spanish man was arrested last month at his home in Tenerife, Canary Islands, where police found 46 artifacts stolen from Swedish churches and museums. Twelve of those pieces — 11 carved [...]

Bronze Age gold sun disc on display for first time

A gold sun disc discovered in an early Bronze Age grave in 1947 went on public display Friday for the first time in its history. The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes celebrated the Summer Solstice by adding the gold circle about the size of a penny that represents the sun to its permanent exhibition of prehistoric [...]

Fetus found in coffin of mummified 17th c. bishop

The mummified body of Peder Winstrup, Bishop of Lund from 1638 until his death in 1679, is being studied by researchers from Lund University who have discovered that not only are his remains extraordinarily well-preserved, they are not alone in the coffin. Underneath the bishop’s feet are the skeletal remains of a four or five-month-old [...]

Napoleon’s last gift to his son: wee dueling pistols

Napoleon was by all reports a loving father to his only child, his son with Marie Louise of Austria Napoleon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, styled at birth the King of Rome, a modified version of the traditional title, King of the Romans, granted to all heirs apparent of the Holy Roman Empire. The last time [...]

Millions of Freedmen’s Bureau records digitized

When African Americans research their genealogy, they often hit what is known as the wall: no records to be found before the 1870 United States Federal Census which was the first to enumerate former slaves. Before that number of slaves he owned was noted under the master’s entry, but it was purely statistical. There were [...]

Pondering Lead Sarcophagi and Codices … hmmmm

Okay … I’ve been forcefully woken from my blog slumber by some images that initially seemed just a little suspicious to me, but might eventually set alarm bells off in my head. Folks who follow me on twitter (@rogueclassicist) might be aware that earlier today I was pondering thusly: first, I noted this sarcophagus at […]

Lavau noble buried wearing 1.28-pound gold torc

The excavation of the princely tomb from the early 5th c. B.C. unearthed at Lavau in France’s Champagne region was completed a few days ago. Archaeologists from France’s National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) have now published more about what they found in the richly appointed grave. The deceased is laid out in the [...]

Getty acquires rediscovered papal bust by Bernini

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired the recently rediscovered Bust of Pope Paul V carved in 1621 by Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The bust was known to art historians from an 1893 photograph, a bronze copy now in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen that was cast by Sebastiano [...]

Wellington’s cloak from Waterloo for sale

The cloak worn by the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo is being offered for sale for the first time in 200 years. Wellington was a practical fellow when it came to his wardrobe, as evinced by his invention of that most sensible of boots. He eschewed the showy military outfits that were [...]

ATHENS TRANSFORMED, 404-262 BC: From Popular Sovereignty to the Dominion of Wealth

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Phillip E. Harding Routledge (2015) h/b 186pp £85 (ISBN 9780415973925) H. has no time for those who argue that Athens’ democratic Assembly was an irrational rabble, or that it needed slaves in order to function as a democracy in the first place. His thesis is that, from…

TURIA: A ROMAN WOMAN’S CIVIL WAR

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Josiah Osgood OUP (2014) p/b 215pp £18.99 (ISBN 9780199832354) Trying to gain real insight into the character of Roman women can be a challenge: filtered through the lens of their menfolk, Roman women can fade until they are mere shadows. In that light, the Laudatio Turiae—a lengthy,…

Bulgarian Customs finds coin hoard smuggled in routers

The Bulgarian Customs Agency discovered a hoard of 82 coins from the reign of King Philip II of Macedon smuggled inside three routers at Sofia International Airport. The coins were taped to the routers’ motherboards. The routers were put in a box destined for the United States via courier, but officials from the Customs Intelligence [...]

Magna Carta copied by church, not royal, scribes

The peace treaty that has gone down in history as Magna Carta was negotiated over 10 days at Runnymede in June of 1215. The rebel barons and King John came to an agreement on terms on June 15th, 1215, which is why yesterday we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter even though the [...]

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