Hodie est a.d. VI Id. Feb. 2774 AUC ~ 26 Gamelion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad
In the News
- Syria ‘finds body of archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad beheaded by IS’ – BBC News
- Turkey: 71 historical artifacts seized in Istanbul
- Ariccia: le nuove scoperte al XVI miglio dell’Appia Antica | Notizie in Controluce
Classicists and Classics in the News
- De gouden eeuw van de Romeinen – Mainzer Beobachter
- Flying the flag (for who?) – Mixed up in Classics
- Europa, Painted Anonymously In The 16th Century | The Historian’s Hut
- The Legend Of How A Plague Led To Rome’s Interest In Performance Arts | The Historian’s Hut
- Saying the Words is Not Understanding – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- “The Most Famous Contest of All” – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Roman Times: Sasanian royal gifts of silver
- The History Blog » Blog Archive » Mummy found to be encased in mud shell
- About seven thoughts on inclusivity – Mainzer Beobachter
- Life and the Great Game: Some Ancient Passages on Spectacles – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- PaleoJudaica.com: New Perspectives on Aramaic Epigraphy … (Mohr Siebeck)
- PaleoJudaica.com: Memorials to Hershel Shanks
- PaleoJudaica.com: Dershowitz, The Dismembered Bible (Mohr Siebeck)
- PaleoJudaica.com: The Sasanian Empire
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: EAMENA Tunisia Exhibition
- Timescales | Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
- The Classical Astronomer – A would-be classicist discovers astronomy in antiquity
- Virgil’s Aeneid: The Adventures of Aeneas Described in 17 Artworks
- Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues: Khaled Al-Asaad RIP
Michael Symmons Roberts begins a bold new three-part series examining the fascination poets have forever held with notions around metamorphosis and the body. From Homer’s account of Circe’s transformation of men into swine and Ovid’s great classic Metamorphosis, the conceit has been picked up through the centuries by many of our greatest writers including Shakespeare, Kafka and Stevenson. Over the course of the series, Michael examines how poets today are engaging with the theme of transformation, whether that is through re-imagining classical works from a feminist perspective or using it as a means to explore identity in the 21st Century. Some of the biggest and most interesting names in contemporary poetry shaer their thoughts – Jorie Graham, Michael Longley, Alice Oswald, Patience Agbabi, Fiona Benson, Will Harris, Andrew McMillan and more. In this first episode, Michael talks with Professor Edith Hall about the reasons metamorphosis was such source of fascination for writers in Ancient Greece and Rome. He also speaks with writers including Cheri Magid and Fiona Benson who are re-writing Ovid’s tales with renewed emphasis upon the sexual assaults that so often feature in these foundational stories and which have frequently been air-brushed out of historical translations.
A look at ‘The Self Tormenter’ by Terrence. Written in 162 or 163 BCE this is the story of disagreements between fathers and sons over the choice of women and how a clever slave almost wins the day. A synopsis of the pay with some comments about the Prologue, the action of the play and the general style. The way Terence changes the standard stock characters and makes them more rounded characters than anything we have seen before, including how the portrayal of the clever slave and the courtesan are more subtle than in previous plays.
Tres sodales plurimas epistulas ab audientibus missas recitant et eisdem satis iocose respondent.
The vivid stories of Delilah and Goliath have made the Philistines the most famous villains of the Hebrew Bible. But, for the last two hundred years, explorers, historians, archaeologists, and, now, even geneticists have been working to understand the ancient people behind these famous biblical tales. Join us for an exploration of Philistine origins.
- The Philistine Language | Dr. Aren Maeir | The Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages
- A Story in Latin: Diamonds and Toads | Latin Book Club | Charles Perrault, Fabulae Gallicae | Latinitium
- [BMCR] Francesco De Stefano, L’immagine e il contesto. Produzioni figurative e immaginario sociale nelle comunità della Siritide e del Metapontino (VIII-VI secolo a.C.). Annuario della Scuola Archeologica di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente, Supplemento. Atene: Scuola Archaeologica Italiana di Atene, 2019.
- [BMCR] A. J. Boyle, Seneca: Agamemnon. Edited with introduction, translation, and commentary. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- [BMCR] Simone Finkmann, Anja Behrendt, Anke Walter, Antike Erzähl- und Deutungsmuster: Zwischen Exemplarität und Transformation. Beiträge Zur Altertumskunde, 374. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2019.
Online Talks and Professional Matters
- Five fully-funded PhD positions in classics
- Position Opening: Digital Humanities Project Assistant
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics job with Carleton College | 316903
- ‘Freud, the Greeks and the Invention of Personality’ Dr John Curran « The Classical Association in Northern Ireland
- Cypriot copper production, consumption and trade in the 12th century BC
- Greek Manuscripts in Cambridge Libraries
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Calendar: Classics, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology Webinars
- Trump impeachment: What the Romans can teach us about erasure versus accountability.
- The founder of modern conservation in Greece | Life | ekathimerini.com
- Garum, the funky and fishy condiment that rose and fell with the Roman Empire | Salon.com
‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:
- Homeromanteion | Online Homeric Oracle
- Sortes Virgilianae (English)
- Sortes Virgilianae (Latin)
- Consult the Oracle at UCL
Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:
If it thunders today, it portends the outbreak of a major scandal for the state; there will be an abundance of fish but dangerous beasts will die.
… adapted from the text and translation of:
Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)