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Carthage, Rome and beyond

14 hours agoReligion : Erasmus

As European governments wonder what to do about political Islam, they should ponder Tunisia, a pundit says

When in Rome, Refrain from Carving Your Initials into Ancient Buildings

yesterdayArts : Hyperallergic

A 42-year-old Russian tourist visiting Rome was arrested and fined €20,000 (~$25,000) for carving a "K" nearly 10 inches tall into a wall inside the Colosseum, the first century CE amphitheater.

Diplomatic pressure and the Steinhardt Sardinian Figure

Sardinian figure identified from the Medici DossierSource: Dr Christos Tsirogiannis / ARCA It appears that officials in Sardinia have asked US Ambassador Phillips (in Rome) that the Sardinian figure due to be auctioned at Christie's in December should be returned to Italy ("Pili: Bloccate l'asta della Dea Madre. Show More Summary

NFL Draft Watch: UCLA QB Brett Hundley poised to declare early

Although he hasn't made a formal decision, it appears that UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is poised to enter the 2015 NFL draft, based on what he told The Jim Rome Show (via Beast 980, h/t PFT). "There’s a really good chance that was my last game against USC. Show More Summary

Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Out of Africa' Makes You Want to Get in Africa

2 days agoLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films. Show More Summary

UCLA QB Brett Hundley plans to enter the 2015 NFL draft

College players usually wait until January to decide whether they’ll forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility to enter the NFL draft. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, however, appears to have his mind made up. Hundley told Jim Rome that there’s a “really high” chance that he will leave UCLA and enter the 2015 NFL draft. “The conversation…

Cavs' Big 3 Showing Cracks That Could Leave LeBron and Co. Far Short of Title

Any retelling of the Boston Celtics' 2008 championship run must include three staples of modern NBA lore: the duck boat ride, the preseason trip to Rome and the introduction of "Ubuntu." The boat ride—taken by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vii kalendas decembres

ante diem vii kalendas decembres 2348 B.C. — the Great Flood begins (according to someone’s reckoning!) 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Mercurius 251 A.D. — martyrdom of Moses of Rome  

Rome officials consider reinstalling floor of Colosseum

In a subterranean corridor of the Colosseum, a guide pointed to an innocuous-looking lead plate fixed to the floor.

Russian Tourist Arrested After Carving Initial On The Colosseum

2 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

I recently had the pleasure to visit the Colosseum in Rome, one of the truly most incredible sights for all of humanity. (The pictures are from that visit). An unnamed Russian tourist was arrested and fined roughly $25,000 over the weekend for carving a 10-inch letter “K” into the Colosseum. Frankly, while this is a […]

Italian street artist Blu (previously featured here) just...

Italian street artist Blu (previously featured here) just completed an awesome new mural that wraps around two sides of the old Porto Fuviale building in Rome. Porto Fuviale was a big old military warehouse buit in 1910 it has been occupied 11 years ago by people in need of a house and activists from the “coordinamento cittadino lotta per la casa”. Show More Summary

This Beautiful Glass Dish Proves that Ancient Rome Traded with Japan

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Over 1600 years ago, this deep blue glass dish made its way from a Mediterranean workshop, across Central Asia, to its final resting place in a 5th century Japanese grave. The journey may have taken over a century, and gives us a glimpse of what trade was like in the early days of the Silk Road. Read more...

Holy Ghostwriters: Behind the Pope's Tweets and Encyclicals

"Following Francis" is a monthly blog on the latest happenings of Pope Francis. It is prepared exclusively for The WorldPost by Sébastien Maillard, Vatican Correspondent for La Croix, Rome ROME -- Pope Francis sent a letter to the chair...Show More Summary

'James Bond 24': Christoph Waltz Cast as Iconic Villain Blofeld?

Christoph Waltz has reportedly signed on to play classic 007 villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 'Bond 24', which will shoot in London and Rome. [...]

Bond 24 To Shoot Scenes In Rome

The 24th installment of James Bond is getting ready to start shooting early next month at Pinewood Studios in London but The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the production will move to Rome early next year to film some key scenes. Show More Summary

Russian tourist fined $25K for defacing Colosseum in Rome

A Russian tourist got to experience the Italian criminal justice system after he was arrested for defacing the historic Colosseum in Rome.

Vatican Radio Interview with Cardinal Burke on the Sacred Liturgy

On Friday, Nov. 21st, the English and Italian translation of the proceedings of the Sacra Liturgia 2013 conference, published by Ignatius, and edited by Dom Alcuin Reid, were presented at the Hotel Columbus in Rome by His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Bishop Dominique Rey (Fréjus-Toulon), and Dom Alcuin Reid. Show More Summary

Gurlitt Art Collection & Provenance Research: A Perspective from Marc Masurovsky, director of the Provenance Training Research Program

3 days agoArts : ARCAblog

by Catherine Sezgin, ARCA blog Editor I sought out the perspective of Marc Masurovsky, director of the Provenance Research Training Program which will have a new session in Rome next month, on the Kunstmuseum Bern announcement regarding...Show More Summary

This week's Playfire Rewards: Company of Heroes 2, Total War Rome II

Welcome to this week's Playfire rewards bulletin where we outline all the great offers and rewards appearing on the Playfire service and Green Man Gaming. Don't forget if you sign up to Playfire, you actually earn rewards and incentives for playing games - how good is that?Click here to read the full article

Art Installation at the House of Peroni

The House Of Peroni - an event by M & C Saatchi. They invited Baroncelli, the visionary lighting design studio, to design an installation inspired by Rome. The result, a phantasma. Baroncelli's modular lighting system built as mechanisms to create the old Roma. Show More Summary

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