DIG: Umbria Archaeological Field School

Seen on Rome-arch:

Just a short note that we are accepting applications for our Archaeological Field School at the site of the "Vicus ad Artis Tudertium" until the end of this month.

The field school runs two three-week sessions in June and July. We also accept non-credit-earning students.

More details at:

http://users.drew.edu/jmuccigr/vicusadmartis/

In addition, there’s a FastiOnLine article at:

http://www.fastionline.org/docs/FOLDER-it-2010-185.pdf

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

John D. Muccigrosso Associate Dean, CLA
jmuccigr AT drew.edu Drew University

Magna Mater Merkel?

Adrian Murdoch twittered this one last night:

Raw power is shifting, but to whom exactly? It is as if Merkel has somehow been crowned Magna Mater Europae by the Consilium, behind closed doors.

I suspect the Consilium didn’t know what is required to be an adherent of the Magna Mater … even the Romans knew to keep her ‘out’ of town …

The Pope’s On Our Side …

From Zenit:

Benedict XVI is encouraging the study of Latin, noting that the ancient language has much to offer in the study of ancient and modern history.

The Pope said this today, in Latin, after praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

His words were directed to the students and teachers of the Christelijk Lyceum of Veenendaal, Netherlands. The Pontiff stated that he was pleased that the students had come “to Rome to be strengthened in your endeavor to learn the Latin language.”

“In fact,” he added, “this language has much to contribute, both in the deeper study of antiquity and in the study of more recent history.”

This Day in Ancient History: pridie idus martias

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pridie idus martias

  • Festival of Mars (day 14)
  • Equirria — the second of two days of horse racing (the first was on February 27) dedicated to Mars; the reasons are obscure, but probably have something to do with preparing horses for the upcoming campaigning season
  • 222 A.D. — Severus Alexander is given the title Augustus