Roger Bagnall Interview

Saw this on the Classics list (tip o’ the pileus to Dennis Webb)… it’s an Australian radio interview with Roger Bagnall all about the Oxford Handbook of Papyrology and it’s actually a very nice intro to papyrology in general. If you don’t have time to listen, click the ‘transcript’ button:

Pompeiian Pigments

Potentially of interest to someone … here’s the abstract (the article itself is payfer, of course):

Powdered pigments found in bowls from the Pompeii archaeological site and some wall-painting fragments from the Vesuvian area (conserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples) were investigated by microscopic Raman and FTIR spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray. Brown, red and yellow pigments are common ochres based on goethite and haematite. The blue pigment is Egyptian blue: the presence of tridymite and cristobalite indicates firing temperatures in the 1000-1100 °C range. Pink pigments were prepared both with purely inorganic materials, by mixing haematite and Egyptian blue (violet hue), or presumably by adding an organic dye to an aluminium-silica matrix. A white powder found in a bowl is composed mainly of the unusual pigment huntite (CaMg3(CO3)4). Celadonite is found in the green samples from the wall paintings, together with Egyptian blue and basic lead carbonate, while the heterogeneous green pigment in a bowl shows malachite mixed with goethite, Egyptian blue, haematite, carbon, cerussite and quartz.

There’s a somewhat longer summary at Volcanic spectroscopy (not sure how that’s affiliated with the journal)

This Day in Ancient History: kalendas junias

Roman Emperor Septimius Severus (193-211 CE). ...
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kalendas junias

  • rites in honour of Carna, a nymph who was somehow associated with the health of bodily organs
  • Saecular Games (day 1) — celebrating Rome’s thousand-year anniversary
  • 388 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Mars (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 344 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Juno Moneta (and associated rites thereafter)
  • 259 B.C. — dedication of a Temple of the Tempests near the porta Capena (and associated rites thereafter?)
  • 37 A.D. — the emperor Gaius (Caligula) gives the people a congiarium
  • 67 A.D. — the future emperor Vespasian captures Jotapata
  • 165 A.D. — death of Justin Martyr
  • 193 A.D. — emperor-for-a-little-while Didius Julianus is deposed; Septimius Severus is recognized as emperor at Rome