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 .

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