Latest from Rosia Montana

The controversial mining site is the subject of a  Euronews extended video report … starting at 1:18 we hear of plans from Gold Corp. to turn the Roman galleries (or at least part of them) into an underground museum. They talk to some archaeologists too … then talk about other controversial aspects of the venture (there’s an ‘almost-mr-burns’ scene too):

Our most recent coverage of the Rosia Montana thing is here (with links to previous coverage):

Latin and Greek Acquire Hipster Status in Australia

Some excerpts from the Sydney Morning Herald:

LATIN is up. So is legal studies. Visual arts and studies of religion have dropped slightly in the rankings but remain in the top 15 most popular courses for students undertaking this year’s Higher School Certificate, with exams to begin on Monday.

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Latin is slightly up on last year with 173 students enrolled in the continuers course, making it the 14th most popular language course. Classical Greek has nine enrolments in continuers and six in extension despite being taught in only five high schools in the state. Classical Hebrew has experienced something of a revival this year, with 37 students enrolled in continuers, up on 28 last year.

”Classical languages are alive and well in NSW which is not necessarily the case in other places,” Ms Taylor said. ”There is always a small but significant number of students who see value in classical study. They are a very passionate group of students and teachers, I can tell you.”

The head of classics at Pymble Ladies’ College and president of the Classical Languages Teachers Association, Emily Matters, said reports of the demise of dead languages have been grossly exaggerated. ”People sometimes express surprise that they are still being taught but it hasn’t stopped. The one thing I regret is that more children aren’t given access.”

Dr Matters has adapted the 2nd-century story Cupid and Psyche for the stage in a production in Latin and Classical Greek. More than 60 students from 10 schools are involved in the production.

Grant Kynaston, a Sydney Grammar School student who plays Cupid, is studying Latin and Classical Greek and believes the ancient languages are coming back into vogue. ”They are hipster subjects,” he said. ”But seriously, it’s interesting to be able to read things which have maintained their relevance for two or three thousand years.”

Emily Baird, from Sydney Girls High School, who plays Psyche, was drawn to Latin for its meditative qualities. ”It’s quite therapeutic – that’s my inner-nerd coming out,” she said. ”I find it quite calming to go to Latin after doing English.”

… checking out the original article is a good thing: there’s a brief newsish video about the Cupid and Psyche production mentioned above …

Met Museum Publications

The incipit of a Met Museum press release:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art today launched MetPublications, a major online resource that offers unparalleled in-depth access to the Museum’s renowned print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Beginning with nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, this new addition to the Met’s website, www.metmuseum.org/metpublications, will continue to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals published by the Metropolitan Museum since its founding in 1870, as well as online publications.

Readers may also locate works of art from the Met’s collections that are included within MetPublications and access the most recent information about these works in the Collections section of the Museum’s website. [...]

As might be hoped for/expected, there is a pile of stuff there, sorted into various categories, but not all of it is full text online. The search facility on the page seems to be having some growing pains as well. Fortunately, Charles Jones has culled most (if not all) of the full-text-online publications relating to antiquity (not just Greece and Rome):

… and here are the highlights which are in the purview of rogueclassicism; most of these can be read online if not downloaded as a pdf:

Journal of Roman Studies Freebies

Wow … here’s what the Cambridge Journals folks say:

We are delighted to announce the completion of The Journal of Roman Studies (JRS) digital archive. JRS has published leading articles in Roman history, archaeology, literature and art for over a century. To celebrate the digitisation we are offering complimentary access to a key paper from each decade of publication.

… and the papers chosen are definitely impressive … Coleman’s Fatal Charades, Beard’s Sexual Status of the Vestal Virgins, Millar on Emperors and Provinces, Griffin on Augustan Poetry … and plenty more. Definitely worth a look:

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii idus octobres

ante diem iii idus octobres

  • Fontinalia — a festival in honour of the divinity Fons, who presided over springs and wells; such sources of water were festooned with garlands for the occasion
  • 54 A.D. — death of the emperor Claudius, purportedly succumbing to a plate of poisoned mushrooms dished up by his niece/wife Agrippina; dies imperii of Nero (son of Agrippina)