Roman Wall from Ostia

Been sitting on this one for a while … some remains of Imperial-era Roman walls from Ostia; not much more:

Nel corso delle indagini archeologiche preventive, effettuate a gennaio sotto la direzione scientifica della Soprintendenza speciale per i Beni archeologici di Roma per la costruzione da parte del Comune di Roma di una scuola materna in via Pericle Ducati ad Ostia Antica, sono state rinvenute consistenti strutture murarie di epoca romana”. Lo fa sapere, in una nota, la Soprintendenza speciale per i Beni archeologici di Roma. “Durante gli scavi realizzati dalla cooperativa archeologica ‘Parsifal’- si legge ancora nel comunicato- sono state individuate una serie di strutture murarie con orientamenti diversi. Alcuni di questi tratti murari sono in opera reticolata ed altri in opera mista. In un caso e’ venuto in luce anche un resto di muro in blocchi di tufo quadrangolari, di cui e’ ancora da comprendere la connessione con le altre strutture. I muri individuati sono in gran parte coperti dal loro crollo, che non appare essere stato intaccato dalle arature o da altri interventi di utilizzo del suolo, se non per alcune buche di non grande estensione realizzate in epoca relativamente recente, in parte forse a scopo agricolo. Ad una preliminare analisi i resti archeologici rinvenuti appaiono appartenere ad epoca pieno imperiale, anche se con cronologie diverse fra loro”. Le evidenze archeologiche, conclude il comunicato, “sembrerebbero riferibili ad ambito residenziale o commerciale, vista anche l’estrema vicinanza all’antica ansa del Tevere, poi obliterata dopo la piena del 1557. Le indagini archeologiche sono ancora nelle fasi iniziali e soltanto con il prosieguo dei lavori potra’ comprendersi l’effettivo utilizzo in antico di tali strutture”.

via Archeologia. Trovate a Ostia strutture murarie epoca romana | DIREGIOVANI.

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Herodian Aqueduct

Another interesting find in Jerusalem:

A well-built aqueduct from time of King Herod was unearthed last week near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem during work on infrastructure in the area.

The site of the discovery is not far from the place where a Byzantine street was recently unearthed.

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists say they found about 40 meters of the ancient waterway, which was part of the sophisticated aqueduct that brought water to Jerusalem from springs in the Hebron hills to the south to the Mamilla pool, which still exists today, and from there through the aqueduct to Hezekiah’s Pool within the walled city.

Archaeologists say the aqueduct was first built in the first century BCE, and was in use in the second century. Within it were discovered roof tiles from the Roman Tenth Legion, which controlled the city at that time.

The aqueduct, which is 1.5 meters high and 60 centimeters wide, was built of large, flat stones. Every 15 meters a shaft connected the aqueduct to the road above it. According to the dig director, Dr. Ofer Sion, the shafts were used in maintenance work on the water system.

The 40-meter stretch ends just before the aqueduct reaches the Old City, where it is blocked, apparently by a collapsed shaft.

Scholars have known of the existence of an aqueduct here for about a century, thanks to a map by the German architect and archaeologist Conrad Schick, who unearthed a few meters of it. It was never excavated because this area is one of the city’s busiest intersections.

The recently discovered Byzantine street has already been covered as infrastructure work continues. The fate of the aqueduct has not yet been decided. Israel Antiquities Authority personnel say they believe an entrance to the aqueduct could remain, so that perhaps one day it could be opened to the public.

We’ll deal with the Byzantine street elsewhere …

via Herodian-era aqueduct unearthed near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate – Haaretz – Israel News.

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ED: UGA Summer Institute: n.b. and please announce/forward

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


Each year the Institute offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate Latin and Classics courses, including, in odd-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Greek and, in even-numbered years, Intensive Beginning Latin. The Institute curriculum is supplemented by workshops and guest lectures by visiting master teachers and other scholars. The program is designed especially for Latin teachers who wish to continue their education or earn a Master’s degree in Latin on a summers-only basis. The faculty

of the Department of Classics share in a tradition of cooperation with high school teachers and their programs that culminates each summer in an exciting and challenging curriculum. Here are the offerings for the summer of 2010:

First Short Session – June 14 – July 2, exam on July 6
LATN 2050 – Intensive Latin, I 12:30 – 3:15 pm, Park Hall 225, Dr. Christine Albright
CLAS 8020 – Archaeology of Carthage, 9:00 – 11:45 am, Park Hall 228, Dr. Naomi J. Norman

Second Short Session – July 7 – July 27, exam on July 28
LATN 2060 – Intensive Latin II, 12:30 – 3:15 pm, Park Hall 225, Mr. Randy Fields
LATN 4/6020 – Roman Epic(non-Aeneid selections), 9:00 – 11:45 am, Park Hall 228, Dr. T. Keith Dix

Through Session – June 14 – July 26, exam on July 27
CLAS 8000 – Proseminar, 2:14 – 4:05 pm • Mondays Only, Park Hall 222, Staff
LATN 6030 – Caesar, 12:45 – 2:00 pm, Park Hall 115, Dr. John Nicholson


For the most up-to-date information about available University Housing, please visit: Please note that you must be an enrolled student (are registered for summer semester) to qualify for University Housing. Off-campus housing is also available. UGA meal plans are offered at low student rates.

Tuition rates for summer 2009 were $229 per credit hour plus $356 in fees for in-state students and $830 per credit hour for out-of state students (2010 rates will be available in early 2010 – please check the Bursar’s Offi ce for the most updated information).Latin teachers from outside Georgia receive, upon application, a tuition waiver to reduce tuition to the in-state level. Modest scholarships are also available from the Department (application forms are available in the on-line application packet). Scholarships are also offered by organizations such as the American Classical League (ACL), the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), and the Horace Mann Companies; contact these organizations directly for information.

All participants in the Institute must be admitted to the University of Georgia, either as Degree or Non-Degree students. Please consult the Graduate School for application information and forms, or you may apply electronically through the Graduate School website. For admission to the Summer Institute, complete the on-line application packet; or print off the forms and mail them to Summer Institute, Department of Classics, Park Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602–6203.

Application and supporting documents must be received no later than April 1st for domestic applicants, six weeks earlier for international applicants. For more information, please contact Kay Stanton at gradinq AT or Dr. Naomi Norman at nnorman AT, or call 706-542-9264.

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CONF: ‘Greek Drama in African-American Theatre’ conference, 12-1 3 March 2010

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Northwestern University’s Classical Traditions Initiative and the Department

of Classics present an Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar series event in the
2009-2010 series, ‘Out of Europe: Greek Drama in America’:

‘Greek Drama in African-American Theatre’

A two-day conference on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 March 2010 to be held in
the John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University,
Evanston, Illinois.

Speakers include: Daniel Banks (New York University), Justine McConnell
(Royal Holloway, University of London, and Northwestern University), Peter
Meineck (New York University),
Melinda Powers (John Jay College, City University of New York), Nancy
Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), Patrice Rankine (Purdue University), Sandra
Richards (Northwestern University), Kevin J. Wetmore (Loyola Marymount
University). There will also be readings from Sophocles’ Ajax by John
Douglas Thompson.

The schedule for the two days can be seen at The
conference poster is available for downloaded as a PDF from the foot of the
same page.

All are most welcome to attend.

The next event in the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar series, 2009-2010 is the
‘Classicizing Chicago’ conference and exhibition, 20-22 May 2010.

For more information please see or
contact Dr Kathryn Bosher, Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern
University (k-bosher AT or Dr Amanda Wrigley, Mellon-Sawyer
Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, Northwestern University
(a-wrigley AT