Ancient myths about glaciers may hold data about their past retreats and advances.
pridie kalendas decembres 406 B.C. — death of Euripides (by one reckoning) 147 A.D. — birth of Annia Galeria Faustina, the daughter of the emperor-to-be Marcus Aurelius 1817 — birth of Theodor Mommsen, Nobel prize winning ancient historian 2004 — death of David Bain (University of Manchester Classicist) 2007 — death of John Strugnell (Dead Sea […]
Salon talks to scholar Mary Beard about her new history of ancient Rome and what we inherited from their leaders
This is the supposed martyrdom date, in the year 764 or perhaps 765, of St. Stephen the Younger in Constantinople at the hands of an iconoclastic emperor. Ancient and “dark ages” history characteristically comes with all kinds of problems arisng from the paucity and prejudice of primary sources. Byzantium’s century of Iconoclastic controversy is a […]
ante diem v kalendas decembres 43 B.C. — the lex Titia de triumvirato gave G. Julius Caesar Octavianus, Marcus Antonius, and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus the title of triumviri rei publicae constituendae with near-dictatorial powers for a period of five years 8 B.C. — death of the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) ca 110 A.D. — […]
ante diem vi kalendas decembres 311 — Martyrdom of Peter of Alexandria 1689 — death of Marquard Gude (Classical archaeologist … more of an epigraphist) 1719 — death of John Hudson (Classicist) 1905 — birth of Robert Hamilton (archaeologist … mostly Near Eastern, among other things) 1922 — Howard Carter sees “wonderful things”
THIS ISN’T REALLY A SURPRISE: Agriculture Linked to DNA Changes in Ancient Europe. “The agricultural revolution was one of the most profound events in human history, leading to the rise of modern civilization. Now, in the first study of its kind, an international team of scientists has found that after agriculture arrived in Europe 8,500 […]
A study of ancient DNA has shed new light on European genetic history. It confirms that farming spread across Europe due to the influx of ancient people from what is now eastern Turkey. Many modern Europeans owe their taller stature to these early farmers - and a later influx of Bronze Age "horsemen" - say international researchers. Show More Summary
ante diem viii kalendas decembres 29/30 A.D. — partial solar eclipse in the eastern Mediterranean which is sometimes associated with the crucifixion 62 A.D. — death of the satirist Aulus Persius Flaccus (source?) 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Felicissimus and Firmina 1785 — birth of August Boeckh (one of those old time German philologists who live […]
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) […]
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 […]
It's bad enough that the History Channel has a reputation for promoting complete nonsense, but a book on ancient aliens targeting children? Do you need any more proof that they have no educational mission whatsoever?
A team of scientists has unearthed the fossil remnants of a tropical forest on the arctic island of Svalbard, and it could help explain one of the most dramatic climate shifts in Earth’s history. Read more...
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) […]
One history of ancient Rome and another of the first five Roman emperors.
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 […]
A photo snapped on the surface of Mars by the NASA Curiosity Rover appears to show evidence of “ancient writing,” similar to the writing seen in hieroglyphic carvings made in ancient Egypt — at least according to online UFO hunters who frequently comb through photos sent back by from Mars by the rover looking for,... Show More Summary
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 […]
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
by Andy Dehnart, reality blurred As the director of the National Museum of Natural History rappels down vertical rock in the Grand Canyon, in 100-degree heat, he pauses, dangling by a rope. As he talks about the “ancient landscape frozen in time,” a crack rapidly moves up the face of the canyon, the canyon rumbles, and a large slice of it slides out. […] keep reading »