Tarquinian Reggia from Gabii?

This one’s working its way through the Italian press … a sixth century (B.C.) edifice which includes an image associated with the Tarquins. Also of interest is evidence of ritual foundation sacrifice and the burial of five (non-sacrificed?) children under the foundations as well.  Il Messaggero seems to have the best coverage so far:

Gli archeologi la considerano una testimonianza unica e straordinaria. In tutta Italia ne esistono forse una decina di esempi. E’ stata riportata alla luce a Gabii, venti chilometri a sud di Roma la casa del rex della città antica. I muri delle stanze sono integri, un particolare quasi senza precedenti per l’epoca, e la dimora è composta da tre stanze non comunicanti tra loro che, con tutta probabilità erano affacciate su un grande portico e che erano gli ambienti della casa destinati al culto. I muri erano intonacati e dipinti. Sotto il pavimento in pietra sono state ritrovate intatte, le fosse di sacrifici rituali fatti per inaugurare il cantiere. In cinque di queste i corpi di altrettanti bimbi nati morti. «Non si tratta di sacrifici umani», precisano concordi il sovrintendente archeologo Angelo Bottini e il professor Marco Fabbri. Indizio però che si trattava di una casa molto importante.

Gli archeologi della sovrintendenza di Roma e quelli dell’università di Tor Vergata che insieme l’hanno riportata alla luce tra settembre e dicembre 2009 sono convinti che si tratti della casa dei Tarquini a Gabii, una reggia costruita nel sesto secolo a.C., forse su un edificio preesistente. Era una reggia sfarzosa con un tetto decorato da statue e da un fregio in terracotta riconducibile alla famiglia dei Tarquini.

L’ipotesi è che vi abitasse il figlio di Tarquinio il Superbo, Sesto Tarquinio. Ma forse la residenza era della famiglia già nei decenni precedenti. «Di certo -dichiarano Fabbri e Bottini – c’è che quella casa regale ad un certo punto venne distrutta o meglio, venne smontato il tetto monumentale e gli ambienti vennero seppelliti fino a lasciare solo un tumulo di pietre. Una fortuna. Perchè proprio quel seppellimento ha consentito alla reggia di arrivare praticamente intatta fino a noi».

Costato fino ad oggi 60mila euro lo scavo deve ora continuare. Si spera di trovare il tetto e gli altri ambienti della regia. «Cercheremo di stanziare altre risorse», dichiara il sottosegretario Francesco Giro. «La speranza – conclude Bottini – è che si possa continuare a scavare. E che proprio qui, nello scenario meraviglioso di Gabi, si possa allestire un grande parco archeologico».

We’ll see if this gets any coverage in the English press …

via Gabii, svelata la reggia dei Tarquini Archeologi: testimonianza unica in Italia | Il Messaggero.

Plovdiv Roman Stadium Restoration Project

The ancient Roman Stadium in the heart of the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv is to be restored in an archaeological project launched on Thursday.

Plovdiv Regional Administration has succeeded in obtaining European funding of over EUR 900 000 for the restoration of the site.

“The project envisages the construction of an ancient underground museum. Such museums exists in only a few places in the world, and it will be the first in the country,” said Ivan Totev, Regional Governor of Plovdiv.

Modern presentation centers will also be built, and facilities for the disabled will be added.

Archaeologists will also excavate parts of the site, hoping to find further traces of early Roman times.

The stadium, which dates from the 2nd century AD, having been built during the rule of Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, is situated in the centre of the city, in Dzhumaya square.

Discovered in the 1970s, it has never been fully exposed, as most of its 180-meter length lies underneath the city’s principal shopping street.

The stadium is one of the largest Roman structures in the Balkans; it is estimated it could accommodate over 30 000 spectators at the games and contests once held there.

Plovdiv – known in Roman times as Trimontium, the City of the Three Hills – boasts several other Roman remains of historical importance.

They include the famous Amphitheater, which regularly stages concerts and artistic performances; the extensive remains of the Agora, or market place; sections of paved streets; and the remains of an aqueduct, and several temples, villas and numerous frescoes and mosaics.

Nice photo accompanies the original article …
via Plovdiv Roman Stadium Restoration Project Launches | Sofia News Agency.

Passing ClassCon Plagiarism?

The Malone University President has stepped down amidst some plagiarism allegations, inter alia:

Ms. Thomas said concerns about plagiarism became public after students noticed similarities between a chapel address given by Mr. Streit on January 13 and online work written by others.

For example, Mr. Streit began the speech with a description of the Roman figure Janus: “In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of gates, of doors, of beginnings and of endings. His most prominent remnant in modern culture is his namesake, the month of January, which begins each new year. He is most often depicted as having two faces or heads, facing in opposite directions.”

The Wikipedia entry for Janus reads: “In Roman mythology, Janus (or Ianus; “archway”) was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. His most prominent remnant in modern culture is his namesake, the month of January, which begins the new year. He is most often depicted as having two faces or heads, facing in opposite directions.”

Later in that speech, Mr. Streit used material that is nearly identical to portions of two Associated Press articles and a mythology-influenced Web site called Penumbra.

… wow; you’d think someone who was a university president — if he or she were going to plagiarize — would seek out some a little less ‘common’ than Wikipedia …

via Malone U. President Steps Down Amid Plagiarism Accusations |The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Also seen: Centauromachy?

The first paragraph of an item in The Sporting News. I have absolutely no idea what he’s talking about …

Although being bored during this rather-brief off-season provides for a second Centauromachy, I believe that Greek Mythology will pardon my rather unique ability at beginning a metaphorical urinating contest with pseudo-journalists when they are writing on topics that measure lower than Rosie O’Donnell’s SAT score on their ‘personal interest meter’.

more …

via Centauromachy and TSN .

Recent Reviews at CJ Online

MAGUIRE, Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood

NETZ, Ludic Proof: Greek Mathematics and the Alexandrian Aesthetic

RICHARDSON, The Language of Empire: Rome and the Idea of Empire from the Third Century BC to the Second Century AD

MURGATROYD, Apuleius Metamorphoses: An Intermediate Latin Reader

CONF: Classicism and Romanticism

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

Classicism and Romanticism: visit of Jonathan Sachs as IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, 1st-5th March 2010

Organised by the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition and the Centre for Romantic Studies, University of Bristol.

Jon Sachs is Professor of English at Corcordia University, Montreal. His recent monograph, Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832, to be published by Oxford University Press later this year, examines how Romantic-period writers deployed Roman republican precedents to contest central aspects of political modernity, including the expansion of political franchise, the rise of mass democratic movements, and the consolidation and spread of empire. He is now working on a book about the idea of cultural decline in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, again focusing on the shifting interpretations, evaluation and deployment of the classical world in the ‘culture wars’ of this period. By exploring the origins and early development of ideas of the nature of ‘modernity’, his work goes to the heart of contemporary notions of culture and its importance.

1 March: research workshop on the uses of ancient ideas and examples in modern political discourse and debates, including contributions from Chris Bertram, James Thompson and Neville Morley. Seminar room G4, 3 Woodland Road, 4.30-6.00, followed by a reception in the Humanities Common Room.

2 March: Lecture: ‘The Cassandra of the State: Anna Barbauld’s Unknown Future and the Art of Prognosis’. With responses from Duncan Kennedy, Richard Sheldon and Ika Willis. The Link Rooms, 4.15-6.00, followed by a reception in the Humanities Common Room.

3 March: research workshop for postgraduates. Ground Floor Seminar Room, Graduate School, 2.00-4.00. Please contact n.d.g.morley AT bris.ac.uk to reserve a place and be sent the advance reading.

4 March: research workshop on ‘Classicism in Romanticism’, with contributions from Stephen Cheeke, David Hopkins, Bradley Stephens and Genevieve Liveley. 4.15-6.00, venue tbc.

All welcome. Any enquiries, please contact n.d.g.morley AT bris.ac.uk.

CONF: Workshop on ‘Water and identity in the Ancient World’

Seen on Classicists (please send any responses to the folks mentioned in the quoted text, not to rogueclassicism!):

Water and Identity in the Ancient World: a workshop
Department of Classics & Ancient History, Ritson Room, 22-23 March 2010.


22 March, 9.30am to 10am:
Welcome and coffee.
10 am to 1 pm:
Paola Ceccarelli (Durham), Introduction. Water, identity and culture: some
Penny Wilson (Durham), Twin Towns: The Relationship Between Towns Separated
by Nile branches in the Egyptian Delta
Johannes Haubold (Durham), The Achaemenid empire and the sea.
Robin Skeates (Durham), The place of the sea in the construction of
identities in Maltese prehistory.

Buffet Lunch

2pm to 6.30 pm:
Mario Lombardo (Lecce), Small and Big Islands in Greek Colonisation.
Flavia Frisone (Lecce), Rivers and identity in ‘colonial’ scenarios. River
names and land constructing in Greek Western apoikia.
Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck), Identity and resistance: discourses of
insularity in the Aegean world.
4.15 to 4.45pm: Tea.
Zena Kamash (Oxford), From the Euphrates to the Thames: exploring attitudes
towards water in Roman Britain and the Near East.
John Donaldson (International Boundaries Research Unit, Durham), Water
Boundaries and Geopolitics in the Modern World.
General discussion.

Conference dinner

23 March, 9 am:
Steve Willis (Kent) Sea, Coast, Estuary, land and Culture in Iron Age
Jon Henderson (Nottingham) Expressing difference: Western Atlantic
Identities in the first millennium BC
Adam Rogers (Leicester), Water, identity and myth in Late Iron Age and Roman
Britain: some case studies.
11.15 to 11.45: Coffee.
Richard Hingley (Durham), Hadrian¹s Wall as an inlet of the sea?

Nicholas Purcell (Oxford), discussant
Michael Shanks (Stanford), discussant

1pm: Lunch for those who do not have to leave.
And, potentially, further discussion!

The workshop is open to all, but if you wish to attend please contact the
organizers: Dr Richard Hingley (richard.hingley AT durham.ac.uk) or Dr Paola
Ceccarelli (paola.ceccarelli AT durham.ac.uk).