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This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem ix kalendas decembres

ante diem ix kalendas decembres 534 B.C. — Thespis wins ‘best actor’ at the first City Dionysia (? I’m inferring from strange claims in Wikipedia here … it’s a slow TDIAH day) ca. 101 — martyrdom (?) of Clement I 1852 — birth of Charles Graux (French Classicist … see Melanges Graux for a biography) […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/22/15

A Don’s Life: A Museum of Socialist Art — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015 Laudator Temporis Acti: Beatus Vir — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015Show More Summary

Historical archive found in Russian birds nests

Archaeologists have discovered an archive of 19th and early 20th century Russian history assembled by birds nesting in the attic of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod, a small medieval town 40 miles west of Moscow. Restorers have been working on the church, built in the early 15th century, since 2009, repairing the facade, [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem x kalendas decembres

c. 70 A.D. — martyrdom of Philemon and Apphia c. 117 A.D. — martyrdom of Cecilia 1817  — according to Wikipedia, Frédéric Cailliaud discovered the Roman emerald mines at Sikait on this date (but I can’t track down their sources) 1891 — birth of Victor Ehrenberg (Solon to Socrates, among others) 1909 — birth of Allan […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part two)

Bulgarian Police Seize Almost 1,000 Archaeological Artifacts from Treasure Hunters — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 21, 2015 @LacusCurtius @papyrologyatman I 've no problem with private collections,...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/21/15 (part one)

Inscripciones romanas en 3D, a un clic. ¿Conoces nuestro proyecto de #epigrafía virtual? — MAN Arqueológico Nac (@MANArqueologico) November 20, 2015 @stephenjohnkay @ef_rome Delighted with my exhibition catalogues from this morning's purchases. Show More Summary

Movie posters found under old linoleum sell for more than $200,000

From the annals of every history nerd’s fantasies, a home renovation revealed a treasure trove of vintage movie posters under a linoleum floor (and the original hardwood to boot). Builder Robert Basta purchased the southern Pennsylvania home cheap at auction because it needed a lot of work. He planned to renovate it for resale, something [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xi kalendas decembres

ante diem xi kalendas decembres 164 B.C. — Judas Maccabeus restores the Temple in Jerusalem, including removal of the Hellenistic statuary (maybe) 53 B.C. – Death of Marcus Licinius Crassus in Mesopotamia shortly after his defeat at Carrhae (maybe) 1912 — birth of Pierre Grimal (Classicist) 1914 — birth of Michael Grant (yes, the incredibly prolific one) […]

Speaking of the Rijksmuseum…

Some of you might remember the greatest of all flashmobs that was created to celebrate the reopening of the museum and the return of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to its original location. It’s been more than two years since I posted it, and I still regularly rewatch the video. It’s just so, so good. A [...]

Repititiationes ~ 11/20/15

A short one … day was too busy to monitor things: My plan for winter break: put the finishing touches on my newest guide and release it in the new year! ???? #arthistory — Amy Martin (@la_caravaggista) November...Show More Summary

Vermeer’s Little Street discovered

The exact street in Delft that Johannes Vermeer depicted in his 1658 painting View of Houses in Delft, better known as The Little Street, has been identified. It’s the Vlamingstraat, at the current house numbers 40 and 42, and even though the original buildings are gone, it’s eerie how similar the modern scene is to [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xii kalendas decembres

ante diem xii kalendas decembres Mercatus — time to restock the cupboards after the Jupiterfest! 63 A.D. — shipwreck of St. Paul (by one reckoning) 270 (?) — birth of the future emperor Maximinus Daia (more) 284 A.D. — elevation of Diocletian to the rank of Caesar (more) 1846 — birth of Maurice Croiset (one of the […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/19/15

Episode B24 Image – Clockwise from upper left: Eucradites I, Menander, Gondaphares, Kanishka I — The Ancient World (@TheAncientWorld) November 19, 2015 The Greek Book from Antiquity to 1515 M Matthew Nicholls streaming Nov. Show More Summary

Roman coin hoard found in Swiss cherry orchard

Farmer Alfred Loosli was walking through in his cherry orchard in Ueken in the northern Swiss canton of Aargau last year when he saw a green coin contrasted against the rich brown of the soil. At first the he assumed someone had lost it, but then he found another five. This July, Loosli poked a [...]

Viking coins from Dublin found in Wales

Hoard of Viking coins unearthed in field and dating back 1,000 years declared treasure One of the Viking Sihtric Anlafsson long cross pennies from Dublin © National Museum Wales   A hoard of historic Viking treasure found in a field has been declared treasure. The haul, which includes ancient ingots and fragments of coins dating […]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xiii kalendas decembres

ante diem xiii kalendas decembres Mercatus — time to restock the pantry after the lengthy festival in honour of Jupiter 1665 — death of Nicholas Poussin (painter of many Classical subjects) 1797 — birth of Charles Anthon (prolifically-published American Classicist) 1903 — birth of Sterling Dow (who perfected the squeeze, among other important contributions to […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/18/15 — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 18, 2015 2015.11.21: Margherita Bonanno Aravantinos, Marcella Pisani (ed.), Camarina: Ricerche in… — BMCR (@BMCReview) November 18, 2015Show More Summary

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

If like me you’ve wept openly at StoryCorps‘ Friday broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition for the past decade, or at their beautiful animated shorts on PBS, you may have wondered how to go about recording the oral histories of your own loved ones. StoryCorps uses professional radio equipment to record and has a platoon of [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xiv kalendas decembres

ante diem xiv kalendas decembres   Mercatus — in the wake of the lengthy ludi Plebeii, the Romans needed a few days to restock their cupboards ca. 64 A.D. — upside down crucifixion of Peter 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Hesychius of Antioch 1718 — premiere of Voltaire’s Oedipe in Paris

Repititiationes ~ 11/17/15

ALL the hair puns were used in the editing of this article — Donna Zuckerberg (@donnazuck) November 17, 2015 Three great ways to connect with students and encourage learning. — RDC CTL (@ctlrdc) November 17, 2015 In lack of everything else, could we use pottery sherds to reconstruct ancient political dynamics? Attend Emilia […]

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