Also Seen: Amazons as Sailors?

Adrienne Mayor pens (keyboards?) an interesting item over at Wonders and Marvels … here’s a tease:

The Amazon strides along, dressed in a tunic and leather boots, carrying her crescent shield and trusty battle-axe. At first glance the image on the ancient coin looks like a typical ancient Amazon, those mythical warrior women modeled on nomadic archers of Scythia, the immense territory stretching from southern Russia to Mongolia. But hold on—what is that object in her right hand? A ship’s anchor! What could be more incongruous? The Amazons were horsewomen galloping over the vast plains, not sailors on the “wine dark seas.” […]

Bust in Cyprus

Brief item from the Cyprus Mail:

TWO MEN, aged 26 and 65 were arrested late Friday in connection with a case of antiquities theft. According to a police spokesman a 26-year Syrian man had three amphorae in his possession which he was planning to sell for €900. He told police he had stolen them from a house in Limassol which belongs to the 65-year Greek-Cypriot who was also arrested on suspicion of possessing them illegally.

Police found two more amphorae at the man’s house. All five items were taken to an archaeologist who determined they dated from the early and mid Bronze Age and fell under the Antiquities Act. The 26-year-old was held for questioning while the 65-year-old was written up and released until a later date.

DIG: 2013 “Villa of the Antonines” Archaeological Field School in Genzano di Roma, Italy, June 30-July 27, 2013

Seen on various lists:

2013 "Villa of the Antonines" Archaeological Field School in Genzano di
Roma, Italy, June 30-July 27, 2013

Sponsored by the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies and the
Department of Classics & General Humanities at Montclair State
University, this field project, now entering its fourth season of work,
will continue to explore the remains of a Roman imperial villa complex
located close to the 18th mile of the ancient Via Appia in the Alban
Hills. Ancient literary sources combined with the discovery of fine
marble busts of the Antonine imperial family first led to the
identification, early in the 18th century, of the site as the family
villa of the Antonines located in ancient Lanuvium. The 2010-2012
excavations brought to light a curving structure that has been
identified as an amphitheatre (perhaps that in which Commodus is
reported to have fought wild animals, thereby earning the title "Roman
Hercules") as well as much scattered evidence for luxurious interior
decoration in the form of colored glass mosaics, imported marble floor
covering (opus sectile), and marble wall covering. The 2013 campaign
will concentrate on studying the amphitheatre and its surroundings in
greater detail. Participants are rotated among all main aspects of
archaeological fieldwork, including artifact processing, recording, and
assisting with geophysical survey as well as excavating.

Total cost (minus airfare to Rome, but including six undergraduate
credits in Classical archaeology): $5,000.
Housing in a 3-star hotel on the rim of scenic Lago di Nemi and
overlooking the Sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis (of J.G. Fraser "Golden
Bough" fame), just outside the picturesque town of Genzano. Some
scholarship moneys are available. Graduate students welcome; they
should consult the co-directors for details.

For further information contact the project co-directors: Dr. Deborah
Chatr Aryamontri ( and Dr. Timothy Renner
click on "Villa of the Antonine

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