#AWISM: Classical Podcastery ~ July 19, 2017

Ancient Greece Declassified: 11 Caves and Classrooms w/ Raffaella Cribiore http://greecepodcast.libsyn.com/11-caves-and-classrooms-w-raffaella-cribiore

MythTake Episode 24: Wonder Woman http://alisoninnes.podbean.com/e/episode-24-wonder-woman-1500420240/

Myths and Legends 76-Greek Myths: Lioness – https://www.mythpodcast.com/12714/76-greek-myths-lioness/

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Around the Classical Blogosphere ~ July 19, 2017

Peloponnesian War Summary – Part One – Classical Wisdom Weekly http://classicalwisdom.com/the-peloponnesian-war-summary-part-one/

In At The Deep End | Sphinx https://thesphinxblog.com/2017/07/19/in-at-the-deep-end/

July 18, 64: The Great Fire Of Nero And The Ancient History Of Firefighting – Sarah Bond https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/07/18/july-18-64-the-great-fire-of-nero-and-the-ancient-history-of-firefighting/#6e5a61319544

Vindolanda Excavations July update 2017 http://www.vindolanda.com/_blog/excavation/post/july-update-2017/

The History Girls: Gibbon’s Decline and Fall – Reading for the age of Austen? by Alison Morton http://the-history-girls.blogspot.ca/2017/07/gibbons-decline-and-fall-reading-for.html

The Museum of the Bible: Why are Archaeologists and Bible Scholars so Mad? | XKV8R: The Official Blog of Robert R. Cargill, Ph.D. https://robertcargill.com/2017/07/19/the-museum-of-the-bible-why-are-archaeologists-and-bible-scholars-so-mad/

Classical Book Reviews: July 19, 2017

BMCR: Gian Biagio Conte, Critical Notes on Virgil: Editing the Teubner Text of the Georgics and the Aeneid. http://www.bmcreview.org/2017/07/20170718.html

BMCR: Michela Spataro, Alexandra Villing (ed.), Ceramics, Cuisine and Culture: The Archaeology and Science of Kitchen Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean World. http://www.bmcreview.org/2017/07/20170719.html

BMCR: Pietro Li Causi, Rosanna Marino, Marco Formisano, Marco Tullio Cicerone. De oratore: traduzione e commento. Culture antiche. Studi e testi, 28. Alessandria: http://www.bmcreview.org/2017/07/20170720.html

BMCR: Rémy Poignault, Catherine Schneider (ed.), Présence de la déclamation antique (controverses et suasoires). http://www.bmcreview.org/2017/07/20170721.html

BMCR: Nathalie Rousseau, Du syntagme au lexique: sur la composition en grec. Collection d’études anciennnes. http://www.bmcreview.org/2017/07/20170722.html

CforAll: GIFT AND GAIN. How Money Transformed Early Rome http://classicsforall.org.uk/book-reviews/gift-gain-money-transformed-early-rome/

Breviter: July 19, 2017

Big line ups at Knossos:

Concerns for the site of Sebastapolis:

On the Trump administration’s love for Thucydides:

Some political commentary by Danielle Allen:

Zejtun Roman Villa Update

We’re beginning to hear about this dig on Malta on a somewhat more regular basis. It first hit the news (for our purposes) back in 2011, when funding had been obtained to preserve it (see, e.g., Zejtun’s Roman Villa to be preserved | Times of Malta
https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20110514/local/zejtun-s-roman-villa-to-be-preserved.365287 ). Last summer, our Explorator newsletter picked up this (excerpt):

This year, the archaeologists are focusing on exploring a cistern and investigating the structures in more depth, while coming up with unexpected finds: the latest discoveries are fragments of a tobacco pipe, probably dating to the 18th century.
“We are trying to identify whether or not the rest of the structure and the olive press also date back to the Punic times,” said Maxine Anastasi, one of the trench supervisors. “Everything we discover during our excavation will be forwarded to specialists to study and date the finds.”
During the first full-scale excavation in 1972, the section containing the olive oil pressing equipment was cleared. A system of flat floor slabs was also exposed.
Through further investigations conducted in 1972, archaeologists found a series of rectangular rooms paved with lozenge-shaped tiles in the residential area.
A year later two fragments of a cooking pot were discovered, which were of significant importance because one of these fragments carried an inscription written in Punic characters. This was interpreted as a dedication to Ashtart, a fertility goddess worshipped by the Phoenicians.
Similar discoveries have been made at the Tas-Silġ archaeological site, situated close by. Much more pottery was found during both excavations, including local, handmade pottery dating to the Punic period and imported red-slipped pottery from North Africa, which dates to the Roman period.

The dig has continued, and this year’s efforts add, inter alia:

 Roman villas were essentially large farming estates that combined areas intended for living and working. The Żejtun villa was an olive oil hib, with stone blocks used to extract the oil and vats used to decant it discovered in the 1970s.
We now know that the villa complex was built over an abandoned vineyard sometime after the first century BC, with archaeologists finding traces of the long rock-cut trenches where vines were planted. Experts are also sure that the site was occupied during Punic times, when a large cistern was built to store rainwater.

Additional coverage: