Update on the Jordan Lead Codices

Thomas Varenna has provided a nice update to his previous article at the Bible and Interpretation site on those sketchy lead codices from Jordian. It incorporates a number of recent observations by bibliobloggers and the like and is worth reading as the Jordan Codices facebook page claims it will be having a big announcement soon. Get the update here … and in case you missed the video

From the Mailbag: Marathon 2500

An item of interest:

As you may be aware, the Marathon 2500 Project, has been conducting a year-long virtual lecture series to celebrate the 2,500 year aniversary of the Battle of Marathon. Our final lecture with Professor Paul Cartledge, Chair of Greek Culture at Cambridge University, will be taking place on September 21st (on the “actual” 2,500-year anniversary, as best as we can determine) and we would really appreciate your help with getting the word out with your readers.

Prof. Cartledge will discuss “The Context and Meaning of the Battle of Marathon: Why we have been celebrating the 2,500 year anniversary” by reviewing the yearlong lecture series and answering questions from the global audience. Also participating will by John Marincola, Professor of Classics at Florida State University, James Romm, Professor of Classics at Bard College, and Robert Strassler, publisher of the Landmark series of classics.

The lecture is completely free to join and we have participants from around the world signing up. Details of the event are as follows:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
1:00PM New York Time
Register here for a toll-free number: http://marathon2500-9.eventbrite.com

More information is also available at http://www.marathon2500.org/, along with podcasts of the previous lectures.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide, and I hope that you will be able to join us for the lecture, as well.

Best regards,
Josh Kirschner
Member, Marathon2500.org

This Day in Ancient History: idus septembres

Bust of Domitian. Pentelic marble, second part...
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idus septembres

  • ludi Romani (day 9)
  • epulum in honour of Minerva and others (connected to the ludi Romani)
  • ritual of the ‘driving of a nail’ by the Pontifex Maximus/Rex Sacrorum into the Temple of Jupiter (likely connected to the above and below entries)
  • 509 B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus (and associated rites thereafter; also incorporated into the ludi Romani, it seems)
  • 490 B.C. — yet another reckoning for the Battle of Marathon
  • 16 A.D. — revelation of the conspiracy of Lucius Scribonius Libo, leading to the first of the maiestas trials which characterized the emperor Tiberius’ principate
  • 81 A.D. — death of the emperor Titus; his brother Domitian is acclaimed as emperor
  • 122 A.D. — construction of Hadrian’s Wall begins? (I’m still wondering about the source for this claim)