In Explorator 15.20-21

It was a double issue this week, due to sketchy internet last weekend … as always, most of these have already appeared in these pages but many haven’t. I do hope to give some of them fuller treatement and there are additional links if you want to explore some items a bit further:

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of an ancient ‘pub’ near Stracathro Fort:

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/ale-caesar-romans-and-caledonian-trib\
es-went-to-pub-together-1-2514282

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/344711

…  coverage with a different spin:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-19392180

Interesting ‘cold case’ from Vindolanda (not sure if we’ve mentioned this
before or not):

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/9898645.Roman_fort_murder_mystery/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2194706/CSI-Roman-Empire-murder-B\
ritish-child-1-800-years-ago-gets-investigated-year-old-slave-came-Med-killed-ha\
nds-tied-up.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/murder-body-found-at-\
hadrians-wall-was-from-overseas-8084214.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/28/roman-remains-hadrians-wall_n_1835717\
.html

A Roman bath and other structures from an excavation near Cockermouth:

http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/other/papcastle-dig-uncovers-more-roman-remai\
ns-1.993139?referrerPath=1242444

Very interesting Etruscan ‘pyramids’ from Orvieto:

http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/NH-professor-students-make-discovery-in-Italy/-\
/9857858/16500044/-/l7lins/-/index.html

A 6th century B.C. incense thing in the shape of a bull’s head from near
Sozopol:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2012/08/31/archaeology-incense-vessel-in-shape-of-bulls-he\
ad-found-on-island-off-bulgarias-sozopol/

Apollonia’s ancient necropolis appears to have been found as well:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2012/09/03/archaeology-oldest-necropolis-of-ancient-apollo\
nia-found-in-bulgarias-sozopol/

They’ve excavated a stadium at Aydin:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-stadium-found-in-aydin.aspx?pageID=238\
&nid=29283&NewsCatID=375

Some headless statuary from Aphrodisias:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/headless-statues-unearthed-in-aphrodisias-excav\
ations.aspx?pageID=238&nID=29194&NewsCatID=375

Roman bones found during renovations at the Ankara Opera House:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bones-in-opera-house-from-roman-period.aspx?pag\
eID=238&nid=29021&NewsCatID=375

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bones-skull-revealed-in-opera-stage-renovation.\
aspx?pageID=238&nid=28924&NewsCatID=375

Plans to dig at the Roman sites of Adana:

http://www.turizmtatilseyahat.com/en/archeological-excavations-begin-adana-4857.\
htm

Theater masks from Ilisu:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/theater-masks-found-in-ilisu-excavations.aspx?p\
ageID=238&nID=28638&NewsCatID=375

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2012/archaeologists-discover\
-ancient-theater-masks-in-turkey

Arguing over the site of the battle of Alesia:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19167600

Feature on the Roman Gask project:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2012/surveying-romes-forgott\
en-frontier

Nice feature on the use of GPR (etc.) to map the site of Interamna Lirenas:

http://phys.org/news/2012-09-images-lost-roman-town.html
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2012/roman-provicial-town-re\
vealed-street-by-street

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/buried-italian-town-interamna-lir\
enas-is-mapped-by-researchers-8105249.html

Feature on the dig at the Roman fort at Ayn Gharandal:

http://asorblog.org/?p=2992&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-roman-f\
ort-amidst-the-dunes-the-ayn-gharandal-archaeological-project

Nice video feature on colorizing Roman statues:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/19442872

The Pope wants to set up a Latin academy:

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/01/breathing-life-into-a-dead-langua\
ge/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/9511929/L\
atin-rebirth-in-schools.html

Philip Freeman on attack ads in Pompeii:

http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/the-attack-ad-pompeii-style/?r\
ef=opinion

Can’t remember if we’ve mentioned this poem about Nero and Poppaea:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2194564/Mystery-ancient-Greek-poe\
m-Egyptian-rubbish-dump-praises-cruel-Emperor-Nero-200-years-death.html

Plans to dig more at the Roman forum at Plovdiv:

http://sofiaglobe.com/2012/08/27/archaeology-plovdiv-wants-to-expand-roman-forum\
-dig-after-several-finds/

A Great Lives BBC thing on Juvenal:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m5jtk

The Penn Museum has made an arrangement regarding some Troy jewellery
being exchanged for some objects associated with Midas:

http://phys.org/news/2012-09-penn-museum-turkey-troy-gold.html
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20120906_Penn_museum_lends_possibly_plun\
dered_items_to_Turkey.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/penn-museum-makes-deal-wit\
h-turkey-for-troy-gold-in-exchange-for-exhibit-of-midas-artifacts/2012/09/04/b36\
e94de-f6fe-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_story.html

http://phys.org/news/2012-09-penn-museum-turkey-troy-gold.html
http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=57532#.UEx8Lq757Ak

The Colosseum is apparently okay, despite the chunks falling off of it:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/09/07/Colosseum-said-okay-despite-fa\
lling-chunks/UPI-50201347033840/

…  but they’re going to put in a safety ‘buffer zone’:

http://www.wantedinrome.com/news/2001556/safety-buffer-zone-around-romes-colosse\
um.html

  … and repairs will begin in December:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/officials-set-colosseum-repair-da\
te/story-e6frf7k6-1226439996728

Feature on plans to unroll/conserve a lead curse tablet:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2012/september/1/roman_scroll.aspx

Evidence of the Cimmerians:

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2012/archaeology-conan-the-b\
arbarians-namesake-tribe-found-in-anatolian-dig

Latest on plans for hockey in the Pula amphitheatre:

http://austrianindependent.com/news/Sports/2012-09-05/12098/Austrian_ice-hockey_\
stars_become_gladiators_

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/behold-roman-amphitheatre-begins-tr\
ansforming-hockey-rink-141229032–nhl.html

Folks were marking Caligula’s bimillennial birthday:

http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.ca/2012/09/this-week-marked-caligulas-2000th.html

Hollywood is cooling to using Roman numerals:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/08/23/roman_numerals_in_movie_titles_ex\
pendables_2_signals_that_they_re_gone_once_and_for_all_.html

A followup feature on that tattooed siberian ‘princess’:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2198222/Fashion-beauty-secrets-Siberian-\
princess-died-2-500-years-ago-revealed.html

A Roman wedding of sorts is being held at Nicopolis ad Istrum:

http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n286422

OpEd on the future of ancient Greek:

http://blogs.dickinson.edu/dcc/2012/08/31/the-future-of-ancient-greek/

In case you’re wondering how far Ryan Hall runs while listening to the
Odyssey:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/08/28/ryan_hall_at_t_commercial_how_far\
_does_the_marathoner_run_while_listening_to_the_odyssey_.html

More on the Thermae Romae movie:

http://filmsandbooks.com/2012/09/05/thermae-romae-hilarity-from-rome-to-japan/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-201209030515reedbusivarietynve11\
17948177-20120903,0,5686135.story

Winter/Spring 2012 APA newsletter:

http://apaclassics.org/index.php/apa_blog/apa_blog_entry/winter-spring_2012_news\
letter/

… and the latest issue of Amphora:

http://apaclassics.org/index.php/apa_blog/apa_blog_entry/latest_issue_of_amphora\
_available/

Review of A. Everitt, *Rise of Rome*:

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120908/FEATURES06/309080038/Book-review\
-Rise-Rome-

More on that Roman shipwreck in Antibes:

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=57485
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/04/roman-shipwreck-discovered-antibes\
-france?newsfeed=true

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ancient-roman-shipwreck-found-in-futur\
e-parking-lot-site

Check out the complete issue here

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