Hodie est a.d. VI Kal. Aug. 2774 AUC ~ 18 Hekatombaion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad
In the News
- Was King David a nomad? New theory sparks storm among Israeli archaeologists – Israel News – Haaretz.com
- GTP Headlines Archaeological Park of Aigai Necropolis Opens in Northern Greece | GTP Headlines
- 2,200-year-old theater brought back to life in southwestern Turkey
- Fish bones tell tale of ancient migrants to Sea of Galilee – Israel News – Haaretz.com
In Case You Missed It
- Archaeologists Have Unearthed a Rare Cache of 6th-Century Coins Hidden in the Ancient Greek City of Phanagoria
- Roman rock-hewn ‘dining room’ discovered under 50 feet of earth in Turkey’s ‘House of the Muses’ | Daily Mail Online
- Ancient ship and burial ground discovered in underwater city in Egypt | Live Science
Classicists and Classics in the News
- [Ephemeris] CALAMITATES ITALICAE
- How Many Pieces Has a Soul? – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Philology
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Verbal Retaliation
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: THE ROMAN COURTESAN, ARCHAEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS OF A LITERARY TOPOS https://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-roman-courtesan-archaeological.html
- The Confession and Martyrdom of Cyprian of Antioch – translated by Anthony Alcock – Roger Pearse
- Laudator Temporis Acti: A World Without Media
- Greek and Roman grief: what it does(n’t do) for me. | Ancient and Modern Rhetoric
- Just Five Coins?! – Liv Mariah Yarrow
- Grumpy and Irritable: An Encyclopedia Entry on Euripides – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- The Cyclops Had Three Eyes and They Were His Brothers – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- A War of Deliberation – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- The History Blog » Blog Archive » Monumental platform found in Selinunte
- Curtius of Anchouros? – Mainzer Beobachter
- PaleoJudaica.com: Coptic job at Würzburg
- ⚡️NEW COMIC INFOGRAPHIC – What is supplication?⚡️ and 25% OFF apparel! | Greek Myth Comix
- Hercules Second Labour Mosaic Detail – The 21st Century Archaeology
- Epigram of the month: Vidi pyramidas – MAPPOLA
- A letter of recommendation split between two continents – Medieval manuscripts blog
Assorted Twitter Threads
- @MichaelDPress on some letters casting light on the antiquities trade in the late 19th century Middle East
- @DocCrom’s Ancient Coin of the Day thread looks at some of Vespasian’s ‘Jewish Revolt’ coinage
- @GarethHarny on a denarius of Publius Satrienus
- @SarahEBond on how ancient concepts were visualized in medieval manuscripts
With the Games underway in Tokyo, Tom and Dominic look back to the Ancient Olympics. They discuss the heroic but incredibly violent stories of the Greek superstars of 2500 years ago, and why the Games were bad news for women, animals and cheats. Plus, Tom reveals how his cricketing woes were compounded by an Ancient Greek poet.
The unexpected death of King Alexander III of Macedon (commonly known as Alexander the Great) ended the Classical period and ushered in the Hellenistic period. Dr Charlotte Dunn, University of Tasmania, joins the show to explain the succession after Alexander’s life.
In the mid-20th century French archaeologists came across a remarkable collection of ancient items from Eastern China, the Indian subcontinent and the Roman Mediterranean, all in one place. In this second episode about Begram, Tristan is once again joined by the University of Freiburg’s Lauren Morris, who takes us into the details of these decorative plaques, small figures and inlays, carved from ivory and bone and sometimes decorated with lacquer. Lauren and Tristan then explore what the hoard tells us about the global nature of this area in Central Asia during its golden age in the 1st – 4th centuries AD.
In the space of a few weeks there have been many sad developments in archaeology in the UK. Sheffield University announced the closure of its world-renowned archaeology department, shortly before Liverpool’s waterfront was stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage status, which preceded the news that Stonehenge is also at risk. In this episode, Dan is joining the fight to save archaeology. He chats with TV presenter, archaeological scientist and lecturer at Newcastle University, Chloe Duckworth and Executive Director of the Council for British Archaeology, Neil Redfern, about the importance of the discipline. They discuss why archaeology matters, why it’s a good subject to study, and, in a world facing issues like a global pandemic and climate change, why put funding into digging up the past?
More specifically, it is about PornHub’s recent project called ‘Classic Nudes’ which caused a bit of a stir amongst museums (who we’re pretty sure were mostly annoyed about their image rights). In an attempt to prove that whilst ‘porn may not be considered art … some art can definitely be considered porn’, PornHub have taken some of the biggest museums of the Western art historical tradition and, well, highlighted all the sexy bits. But seriously guys, this is PROFESH – with maps, bios, audio guides, the LOT.
We talked to Isobel Williams about her fascinating and illuminating new translation of selected poems of Catullus, illustrated with her drawings of the Japanese art of rope binding, shibari. Our discussion ranges over the connections between the world of shibari and the emotional struggles depicted in Catullus’s poetry, the way translation and learning Latin can feel like being tied up in, and untangling, knots, and much more. Content Note: fetish, sex, brief mention of sexual violence, discussion of enslavement and use of slavery as metaphor
- Flora and fauna in ancient myth | The Latin Programme: Via Facilis
- Christopher Lee (Dracula, Saruman, Count Dooku) reads the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (impression) | Ancient Literature Dude
- The Ancient History of Beer: Invention, Importance and Development of Beer | World History Encyclopedia
- Dead Nations. Eternal Version. Intervista a Evgeny Antufiev e Marina Dacci. | Etruchannel
- [BMCR] Clementina Caputo, Julia Lougovaya, Using ostraca in the ancient world. New discoveries and methodologies. Materiale Textkulturen, 32. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2021.
- [BMCR] Scott Berman, Platonism and the objects of science. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
- [BMCR] Jack Visnjic, The invention of duty: Stoicism as deontology. Philosophia antiqua, 157. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2021.
Exhibition Related Things
- A Dazzling Corrective to the White-washing of Ancient Rome
- Positano, nella Cripta straordinaria mostra di reperti ceramici del IV secolo a.C. recuperati dai carabinieri – Positanonews
Online Talks and Professional Matters
- ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions Are Open | Society for Classical Studies
- West Coast Plato Workshop: Updated Announcement | 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
- A foot race of only 192.28 meters in length – that’s how the Olympics began in Greece
- Want to See an Ancient Roman City? Don’t go to Rome.| Art & Object
- A misty history of Roman Portugal – Part 4 – The Portugal News
- 8 Facts About Ancient Egypt’s Hieroglyphic Writing – HISTORY
- Ancient Greek Philosopher Thales and Right Triangles | archive , usa , arts & literature | The National Herald
- Ancient Greeks would view the “ghostly version” of the Modern Olympics as “absurd” | Neos Kosmos
‘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 skin disease.
… 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)