This is the sort of thing that makes me kind of uncomfortable to mention. From Ralph Luker, who oversees the Cliopatria blog:
David, Nominations are open until midnight 30 November for the Cliopatria Awards, 2010. There are six awards, for Best Group Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best New Blog, Best Post, Best Series of Posts, and Best Writer. Anyone wishing to offer nominations can do so at Cliopatria Awards Nominations Page . I’d appreciate your making this known at Rogue Classicism because we want to be sure that ancient history bloggers are considered for the Awards. Best wishes,
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An almost 2,000 year-old Roman temple dedicated to Diana, the goddess of virgins and wild animals, has been unearthed in a protected park in the Italian region of Tuscany.
The ancient religious sanctuary, found in the Maremma national park is 350 square metres large, and was discovered in perfect condition by a team of Italian and other European archaeologists following a two-year dig.
Traditionally, Diana is known as the ‘virgin’ goddess charged with protecting women. According to mythology, Diana, along with goddesses Minerva and Vesta, swore to never marry, but the goddess is also associated with wild animals and nature, and so bears a second title of ‘Diana, goddess of the hunt.’
The temple, which has some seven internal rooms, also contained several items that were unearthed during the dig including 35 oil lamps, 10 coins, a bronze dog-shaped votive, two glass vials and mosaic decorations. Three statues of Diana and her twin brother, Apollo, were also uncovered.
The temple dates between the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd century AD.
Brief item from the Jerusalem Post:
Archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered a 1,800-year-old bathing pool in Jerusalem built by soldiers from the Tenth Roman Legion, the Legion that destroyed the Temple a few years before, reported Israel Radio on Monday.
Remains of the pool were discovered during excavations in the Jewish Quarter where a ritual bath is expected to be built.
Several wash basins were found in the pool, and surrounding it were hundreds of clay tiles that had imprints of the Roman Legion seal.
Site excavation director, Dr. Ofer Sion, told Israel Radio that the discovery shows that the Roman city established after the destruction of Jerusalem was bigger than what has been believed.
For those of you wondering about the Tenth Roman legion (as I was), this would have been the Legio X Fretensis …
These are really good, as mentioned … this one would be a good one to begin a class on what went on in the arena, albeit from a popculch sort of view. There are some things that might be discussion-worthy here (e.g. the presentation of the pollice verso)