Hodie est ad. III Kal. Jul. 2774 AUC ~ 19 Skirophorion in the fourth year of the 699th Olympiad
In the News
- Norway returns illegally exported Roman coins to Slovakia – spectator.sme.sk
- Rare ancient Roman sarcophagus discovered at Bath’s Sydney Gardens | News | Chew Valley Gazette
- Vindolanda Roman fort: Mystery naked horseman carving found – BBC News
- Petition Asks British Museum to Return “Karpathos Lady” Statue
- Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb arrested over funding illegal excavation – EgyptToday
In Case You Missed It
- Greek trio arrested for trying to sell priceless Roman statue for €40,000 | Euronews
- Ancient Roman Military Camp Uncovered in Portugal | Archaeology | Sci-News.com
- Headless 1,800-year-old statue of a woman unearthed in Turkey’s ‘City of the Mother Goddess’ | Daily Mail Online
- Rome’s Colosseum reopens after extensive restoration – in pictures | The National
Classicists and Classics in the News
- [Ephemeris] DE SEDITIONE AETHIOPICA Cives bello afficiuntur
Public Facing Classics
- The new Colosseum – Column – Mary Beard: A don’s life – TLS
- Greek/Roman Mythological Figures As Taylor Swift Songs
- The Body as A Cloak for the Soul – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Bibliographie de l’Egypte des Origines (BEO) – Early Egypt Bibliography (EEB)
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: The Gospel of Thomas and Plato: A Study of the Impact of Platonism on the “Fifth Gospel”
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: A Manichaean Church at Kellis:Social Networks and Religious Identity in Late Antique Egypt
- Laudator Temporis Acti: An Open Mind
- The Forgotten City: A Game Based in Roman Archaeology – Archaeogaming
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Archibab News Juin 2021
- Ghosts and Empty Shadows – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Lua Mater—Goddess Of Blood, Loot And Fire | The Historian’s Hut
- Penelope Unraveling Her Web, by Joseph Wright of Derby (c. 1734 – 1797) | The Historian’s Hut
- Ugarit – Mainzer Beobachter
- Reversal and Recognition: Oedipus is Just the Best! – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Supernatural Heat, Some Words – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Sharing the Worst of Troubles – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Unreliability of Eyewitnesses
- Invisible Lines: Doing Archaeological Fieldwork in One’s Ancestral Home Country – Everyday Orientalism
- Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues: Five people arrested Near Erbil, “for stealing ancient holy books”
- Rome’s Crisis in the 3rd Century: A Look at 7 Key Events in History
- These ancient weights helped create Europe’s first free market more than 3000 years ago | Science | AAAS
- Dissertation Spotlight: The “Oracular Tale” and the Oracles of the Greeks | Society for Classical Studies
Assorted Twitter Threads
- @LevineRx takes us on a tour of Vryokastro/Kythnos
- @DocCromm has an Ancient Graffiti of the Day post
- @FlavianSophist on the portrayal of Dionysos in Hades
- @DocCromm’s Ancient Coin of the Day is a stater of Opuntian Locris
- This Week in the Ancient Near East: Where Did Babies Come from in the Iron Age, or, Biblical Archaeology Smokes a Cigar in the Waiting Room on Apple Podcasts
Iron Age figurines in the Southern Levant depict naked women and not a lot else. The usual explanations are goddesses or magical devices related to fertility. But isn’t everything sort of related to fertility? What were mostly male Biblical Archaeologists missing? Probably quite a bit. Our panelists wax eloquent in this family friendly episode.
This episode is being released for Canada Day, but it’s not a celebration. This year, even more than most, we feel that this day needs to be one of reckoning with our past and trying to make a better present and future. So we talk about the history of the word Canuck and the various stories that Canadians tell themselves about their county, and we also discuss the role of Classics in the early history of the colonial project in Canada, as well as how to think about Classics today in relation to Indigenous issues. And then we finish with some quick etymologies of uniquely Canadian words and phrases. Content note: there is brief mention of residential schools and discussion of historical racism.
In Episode 1 of SHAPS 2021 ‘Control’ podcast series, Dr Roslynne Bell (Honorary Research Fellow, Classics & Archaeology) talks with Dr Henry Reese about the use of imagery to disseminate the political messages of the Emperor Augustus (27BCE–14CE) throughout the Roman Empire.
Sparta. Situated in the southern Peloponnese, this ancient Hellenic city-state has become ingrained in popular imagination as the home of unmatched Greek super soldiers, trained for war since youth and raised within a system unlike any other in the Classical Greek world. But away from common perception, what do we actually know about Spartan society? Especially during the city’s ‘golden age’ in the 5th and early 4th centuries BC? What evidence do we have for some of the most renowned stories of Spartan lifestyle? How much of it can we believe? To provide a concise overview, Tristan was delighted to be joined by Professor Stephen Hodkinson, one of the leading authorities on ancient Sparta. Part 2 will be released in a couple of weeks.
Ever wonder how ancient artists created the vividly-coloured frescoes that adorned the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum? Dr. Hilary Becker joins Chelsea and Melissa to tell us all about nature’s palette and the raw materials that were used to create the reds, yellows, blues, whites, blacks, greens, and purples of the Roman world. Focusing on the archaeological remains of the only surviving pigment shop in ancient Rome, join us on a colourful journey from dangerous extraction to elusive transaction!
- Ghosts: From Aeschylus’ The Persians to Wajdi Mouawad’s The Blood of Promises | Archive of Perforances of Greek and Roman Drama
- Ευριπίδη «Φοίνισσες» – Σκηνοθεσία: Γιάννης Μόσχος – Αρχαίο Θέατρο Επιδαύρου: 30, 31 Ιουλ. & 1 Αυγ. | National Theatre of Greece
- Could you make a Hamburger in Ancient Rome? DOCUMENTARY | Invicta
- [BMCR] Luis Alejandro Salas, Cutting words: polemical dimensions of Galen’s anatomical experiments. Studies in ancient medicine, volume 55. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2020.
- [BMCR] Éric Rebillard, The early martyr narratives: neither authentic accounts nor forgeries. Divinations: rereading late ancient religion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
- [BMCR] Reviel Netz, Scale, space and canon in ancient literary culture. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Online Talks and Professional Matters
- Call for Papers -17th International Colloquium on Roman Provincial Art – May 2022 – Current Epigraphy
- Interdisciplinary Workshop Roman Waters
- Animals. Myths, Knowledges, Symbologies
- CFP: Plato 2022 | Society for Classical Studies
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Calendar: Classics, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology Webinars
- Xena: How Hollywood Created a Greek Warrior Princess that Never Existed
- Speculation grows that the Parthenon Sculptures could finally be going home to Greece – Greek City Times
- Turkey’s mysterious ‘portal to the underworld’ – BBC Travel
‘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 an improvement in the situation of the capital city.
… 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)