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ARTIFACT & ARTIFICE: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Jonathan M. Hall Chicago (2014) p/b 258pp £31.50 (ISBN 9780226096988) H. sets out in this excellent collection of nine case studies (or cautionary tales, as he dubs them) to persuade the reader that no one approach to the study of classical Greece and Rome can claim ascendancy…

ROMAN REFLECTIONS: Iron Age to Viking Age in Northern Europe

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Klavs Randsborg Bloomsbury Academic (2015) h/b 192pp £44.99 (ISBN: 9781472579539) This short volume consists of five essays that shed new light on a selection of topics related to Iron Age and Viking Age Northern Europe. The studies invite debate about the relationship between the Romans and their…

CALIGULA: THE ABUSE OF POWER

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Anthony A. Barrett Routledge (2015) h/b 384pp £105 (ISBN 9780415658447) This book forms part of the Routledge series ‘Roman Imperial Biographies’. It is a second edition, published with a slightly revised subtitle: Abuse of Power (rather than Corruption of Power). The text has been revised by its…

HINDSIGHT IN GREEK AND ROMAN HISTORY

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:by Anton Powell Classical Press of Wales (2013) 228pp £50 (ISBN 9781905125586) Hindsight in ancient historiography has received considerable attention, especially of late. This highly attractive...Show More Summary

DIGITALCLASSICIST Reminder: Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy to hold a conference in Rome: CfP and Registration open

EAGLE – Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy2nd EAGLE International Conference We warmly invite you to the event EAGLE 2016 International Conference on Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context. Hosted byEAGLE (Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy), it is the second in a series of international conferences planned by this European […]

2,000-year-old round pearl found in shell midden

In 2011, archaeologists from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the University of New England (UNE) excavating the Brremangurey Rockshelter on the north Kimberley coast of Western Australia discovered a pearl in the site’s shell midden. The rockshelter was used by Indigenous peoples for more than 12,000 years, as attested by rock art and shell [...]

Review: BMCR 2015.05.43 Pagán on van den Berg, The World of Tacitus’ ‘Dialogus de Oratoribus’

BMCR 2015.05.43 (http://www.bmcreview.org/2015/05/20150543.html) Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.05.43 Christopher S. van den Berg, The World of Tacitus’ ‘Dialogus de Oratoribus': Aesthetics and Empire in Ancient Rome. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Show More Summary

Seen on Classicists: Classical Association of Scotland Conference 2015, St Andrews, June 18-19

Dear all, Registration is open for this year’s Classical Association of Scotland conference at the School of Classics, University of St Andrews, 18-19 June 2015: ‘The Ethics of Reading in Hellenistic and Early Imperial Greek and Roman Texts’ Ancient authors often conceived of writing and reading as an activity with serious moral and ethical implications. […]

via Classicists: reminder – The Byzantine Republic

The Byzantine Republic A round-table discussion with Benet Salway, Dennis Stathakopoulos, and Anthony Kaldellis June 4th, 6pm, University College London, Gordon House, room 106. Although Byzantium is known to history as the Eastern Roman Empire, scholars have long claimed that this Greek Christian theocracy bore little resemblance to Rome. Here, in a revolutionary model of […]

17th c. French noblewoman found fully clothed in lead coffin

The remains of a noblewoman buried at the Convent of the Jacobins in the northwestern French city of Rennes in 1656 have been found in exceptional condition. Discovered in March of 2014, the remains have been quietly studied by a multidisciplinary team who are now revealing the results of their investigations. The 14th century Convent [...]

Genoa port dredge finds cannons, huge anchor

A dredging project in the port of Genoa has recovered a record haul of English cannons, other artillery and anchors dating from the 16th century through the 19th. The project has been ongoing since 2009 to make the port accessible to high tonnage commercial container and cruise ships. So far they’ve moved three and a [...]

Bodicacia’s tombstone doesn’t mark her grave

The rare Roman tombstone found earlier this year at the site of the former Bridges Garage in Cirencester does not mark the grave of the woman mentioned in its inscription. The headstone is engraved “DM BODICACIA CONIUNX VIXIT ANNO S XXVII,” meaning “To the spirits of the dead, Bodicacia, wife, lived 27 years,” and since [...]

Leonidas Part II: Love and Marriage

Although Helen, the ultimate femme fatale, was undoubtedly a child of Sparta, few people nowadays think of love when they think of Sparta. Certainly, Spartan art lacks the plethora of explicitly erotic art that is found elsewhere in Greece. Show More Summary

Pieces of triumphal Arch of Titus found in Circus Maximus

The Arch of Titus which still stands today at the end of the Via Sacra next to the Roman Forum, famous for its period depiction of spoils from the capture of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., is an honorific arch commemorating the emperor’s greatest deeds and apotheosis, not a triumphal arch. Built by his brother Domitian [...]

Artifacts recovered from HMS Erebus dive

The recent ice dive to the wreck of the HMS Erebus recovered 15 artifacts, including brass buttons from a tunic, ceramic plates and one six-pounder cannon. Pairs of divers — one Parks Canada underwater archaeologist paired with one Royal Canadian Navy ice diving expert — explored the wreck in shifts for 12 hours a day [...]

Murder through the lines of medieval land charters

In 2014, the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library received a donation of medieval and early modern charters from private collector Eric Robertson who had bought them in an Edinburgh book store decades ago. There are 60 charters in the collection, all from the Fleming family of Biggar in the South Highlands of [...]

Scythian gold vessels found with opium, cannabis residue

Gold vessels found in a Scythian burial mound in the Caucasus Mountains near Strovopol, southwestern Russia, have traces of cannabis and opium inside them. The artifacts were discovered in the summer of 2013 when kurgan Sengileevskoe-2 was being excavated in advance of power-line construction. Archaeologist Andrei Belinski didn’t expect to find anything of note — [...]

Staffordshire Hoard helmet band, pommel pieced together

Anyone who has ever done a large jigsaw puzzle knows how essential it is to put like with like. When your puzzle is 4,000 pieces of Anglo-Saxon gold, silver and gem-festooned objects, sorting out which are part of the same artifact is essential. Thus one of the most important and complicated labours in the first [...]

Icon of the Madonna restored to former splendor

The 13th century icon of the Madonna in the Basilica of Saints Boniface and Alexis on the Aventine Hill has been restored to glowing golden splendor. The restoration by experts at the Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR) took three years. The surface was cleaned, pollutants and paint from past retouchings removed. This isn’t [...]

Back in Larnaka

Well, since it has been a few days since I posted, a brief recap is on order. On Saturday, Bill and I packed up and moved our base of operations from Polis back to Larnaka. The change was pretty dramatic. … Continue reading ?

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