Bronze Head of Augustus Found in Aosta

Haven’t seen coverage of this in the English press (or a photo, alas) … bronze head, probably Augustus, some 15cm high:

Il patrimonio archeologico valdostano si arricchisce di una testa bronzea risalente all’epoca romana. Il reperto è stato trovato nel centro storico di Aosta, durante alcune indagini (scavi) in piazza Roncas.

Si tratta di un’applique in bronzo raffigurante una testa virile di imperatore, probabilmente Augusto, alta circa 15 centimetri, e costituisce un reperto di grande importanza per le ricerche archeologiche in quanto si tratta della prima raffigurazione di un imperatore trovata in Valle d’Aosta.

Per l’assessore regionale alla Cultura, Laurent Vierin, “questo ritrovamento è testimone dell’importanza che rivestono gli scavi archeologici quale primo passo per una corretta ‘restitution’del patrimonio culturale”. Aggiunge: “La tutela e la valorizzazione riescono a dialogare e a riconsegnare alla comunità parti fondamentali del proprio Dna storico quali sono i beni culturali. Questo pregevole rinvenimento conferma l’importanza del patrimonio nella conoscenza delle nostre radici storiche”.

Una volta eseguite le necessarie operazioni di pulitura e restauro la testa bronzea potrà essere ammirata nei musei valdostani.

Crime Beat: Bust in Olbia

La Guardia di Finanza di Olbia ha trovato in casa di un 50enne del posto undici reperti di ”interesse archeologico” di probabile epoca Romana.
L’uomo ha recuperato il materiale durante una battuta di pesca subacquea, ed è stato denunciato alla Procura della Repubblica di Tempio Pausania.
Nell’ambito dell’operazione denominata dai finanzieri ”Cocci di Natale”, sono state sequestrate due anfore di epoca presumibilmente romana, un coccio di un anfora e 8 articoli di vasellame vario (piatti, coppette, vasetti) in condizioni ottimali. Il materiale è ora a disposizione dell’autorità giudiziaria di Tempio Pausania.

Citanda: The “New Cleopatra” and the Jewish Tax – Biblical Archaeology Review

Warning: This article contains much that is uncertain and even speculative. You must therefore be over 18 to continue reading. On the other hand, the uncertainties and speculations are clearly marked as such. Moreover, the background of the story is unquestionably true.

This is the true part.

Each Jewish male 20 years or older was Biblically required to contribute a half shekel each year to the Tabernacle (Tent of Meeting) (see Exodus 30:11–16). In Temple times this half-shekel tax was used for upkeep of the Temple. After the Roman legions destroyed the Temple in 70 C.E., the emperor Vespasian imposed the so-called Fiscus Judaicus as a kind of replacement tax, to be used for the upkeep of the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus in Rome. Unlike the half-shekel tax, which was imposed only on adult males, the two-denarius Fiscus Judaicus was imposed on every Jew—male and female, young and old, in the Land of Israel and elsewhere.

More: The “New Cleopatra” and the Jewish Tax ~ Biblical Archaeology Review.

Citanda: Under the Influence – Biblical Archaeology Review

How and why and to what extent Greek culture was absorbed into the ancient Jewish world is not always clear, but that it was is undeniable.

To some extent, the answers depend on whether we study Judaism primarily as a separate culture, developed from its Biblical roots in an unbroken line, or whether we study it primarily as part of the wider cultural and religious history of the Mediterranean and the Near Eastern world. Scholars will naturally respond that both approaches are important. Nevertheless decisions taken at the start of any investigation about which aspect deserves more attention will inevitably color our conclusions. How can the right balance be achieved?

More: Under the Influence – Biblical Archaeology Review.

Citanda: EA Latin Students Earn Awards

East Aurora High School hosted the Classical Association of Western New York 2009 Invitational Certamen competition on Sat., Dec. 5. The contest consisted of almost 200 students from more than 10 schools or districts, including East Aurora, Pittsford, Niagara Wheatfield, Bishop Timon/St. Jude, Clarence, Amherst, Williamsville and Orchard Park. East Aurora had 12 students who attained a first-, second-, or third-place award in various categories.

… from the East Aurora Advertiser.

Citanda: Teaching Classical Languages (TCL)

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Teaching Classical Languages (TCL)

Publisher: Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS)

Note: Successor to CPL Online

Teaching Classical Languages is the only peer-reviewed electronic
journal dedicated to the teaching and learning of Latin and ancient
Greek. It addresses the interests of all Latin and Greek teachers,
graduate students, coordinators, and administrators.

Teaching Classical Languages welcomes articles offering innovative
practice and methods, advocating new theoretical approaches, or
reporting on empirical research in teaching and learning Latin and
Greek. As an electronic journal, Teaching Classical Languages has a
unique global outreach. It offers authors and readers a multimedia
format that more fully illustrates the topics discussed, and provides
hypermedia links to related information and websites.

Articles not only contribute to successful Latin and Greek pedagogy, but
draw on relevant literature in language education, applied linguistics,
and second language acquisition for an ongoing dialogue with modern
language educators.


John Gruber-Miller
Classical and Modern Languages
Cornell College
600 First St SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Email: jgruber-miller AT

Abstracts available online. Articles available in PDF format.

Current Issue: Volume I, Issue 1 Fall 2009

Citanda: Transactions of the American Philological Association – Volume 139, Number 2, Autumn 2009

Article previews … restricted access otherwise:
Illustrations for “Hephaestus on Foot in the Ceramicus” (Stephen Fineberg)

Presidential Adress 2009

Conceptualizing and Theorizing Peace in Ancient Greece
Kurt A. Raaflaub

A Wolf at the Table: Sympotic Perjury in Archilochus
Renaud Gagné

Hephaestus on Foot in the Ceramicus
Stephen Fineberg

Proving Power: Signs and Sign-inference in Thucydides’ Archaeology
Joshua J. Reynolds

Magnesian Inviolability
Joshua D. Sosin

Womanly Humanism in Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations
William H. F. Altman

Death ante ora parentum in Virgil’s Aeneid
Timothy M. O’Sullivan

TAPA 139.2, Autumn 2009.

Citanda: CSAD Newsletter No. 12 Published

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The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD) at the University of

Oxford has published its Winter 2009/2010 newsletter (issue no. 12). The
newsletter contains articles on the following topics: the Monumenta Asiae
Minoris Antiqua (MAMA) XI project; a Decision Support System (DSS) for
interpreting ancient documents being developed by an Oxford DPhil student;
and the new interpretation of the ‘Frisian Ox’ tablet. There is also news
on visiting academics, a new staff member, conferences and events.

The newsletter can be downloaded in PDF format from the CSAD web site:

(Scroll to the bottom for the latest issue)

CFP: “Exploring Equity in Antiquity”

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In honour of the formation of an Equity Committee as part of the
Classical Association of Canada, the theme for this year’s panel
sponsored by the The Women’s Network/Réseau des Femmes is "Exploring
Equity in Antiquity." We invite submissions that explore questions
regarding the existence and nature of gender equality in the ancient
Mediterranean world. Did equity in the modern sense of the concept exist
in antiquity or is the notion of ‘separate but equal’ a more productive
way of thinking about the question? To what degree was there equity in
private or public spheres in areas such as religion, domestic and family
life, euergetism, commerce and trade, creative endeavours (e.g., music,
poetry and art) and other spheres of activity? How was gender equity
affected by other means of differentiation such as juridical status,
socio-economic status, age, or ethnicity? To what extent did these
either facilitate or compromise attempts to achieve equity?
Contributions might also examine the representation of men and women in
literature, mythology and art, as well as efforts by classicists in the
19th and 20th centuries to achieve equity in the area of scholarship
(for example, the struggle of female classicists to gain professional
This call for papers is meant to be suggestive rather than exclusive. We
welcome papers that consider the theme from a variety of perspectives
and sources of evidence (textual, visual, and material).
Please submit abstracts online:

Abstracts should be around 300 words in length. The deadline is January
15, 2010. Please note your intention to participate in this panel when
you submit. For general inquires please contact Judith Fletcher,
jfletcher AT