Hodie est a.d. V Id. Oct. 2774 AUC ~ 5 Pyanepsion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad
In the News
- I resti di una villa romana rischiano di essere persi per il passaggio della ferrovia
- 2,000-year-old altar found near northwestern Çanakkale
- Sorpresi i tombaroli catanesi – lasiciliaweb
- Largest wine factory in the world Byzantine period unearthed in Yavne – The Jerusalem Post
- SAN SEVERO: IN UNA LAVANDERIA SEQUESTRATA MARIJUANA E REPERTI ARCHEOLOGICI DEL IV SECOLO A.C. – La Gazzetta di San Severo – News di Capitanata
In Case You Missed It
- “We disagree with UNESCO’s decision; the Parthenon Sculptures were acquired legally”, UK government says – Neos Kosmos
Classicists and Classics in the News
- [AkropolisWorldNews] Οἱ ἐμοὶ νόμοι κρείττονες τῶν σῶν εἰσίν
- Radiogiornale Latino 10.10.2021 – Vatican News
- [Ephemeris] DE NOVO CANCELLARIO AVSTRIACO
Public Facing Classics
- The Death of Actaeon and the Capriciousness of Fate
- Warrior Women: the Ancient World Was Full of Female Fighters
- Are YOU Like Tiberius? – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: BIPS’s contribution to Iranian archaeology of the 1960s and 1970s: A short movie dedicated to Professor David Stronach.
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Mycenaean Atlas Project: Guide to Posts that concern finding site locations in Greece
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Online Exhibition: ‘These superb monuments’: Sir John Soane and Ancient Greece
- Domitianus en de Fiscus Judaicus – Mainzer Beobachter
- The History Blog » Blog Archive » Tomb of Caecilia Metella reveals secrets of Roman concrete resilience
- Laudator Temporis Acti: A Quotation About Hebrew
- Aššur, de eerste hoofdstad van Assyrië – Mainzer Beobachter
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Civil War
- PaleoJudaica.com: Neumann & Thomason (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Senses in the Ancient Near East
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Aegean scripts in the digital age: a guide to fonts
- Politics Getting You Down? Here’s a Pep-talk from Cicero – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- PaleoJudaica.com: Without form and void?
- Sullan Hercules? – Liv Mariah Yarrow
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Arguments
- Kiwi Hellenist: The dates of Jesus. 2. Calendars and prophecy
- Kiwi Hellenist: The dates of Jesus. 3. Christmas and Easter
- Hunebed van de dag: D11 (Anloo-Zuid) – Mainzer Beobachter
- PaleoJudaica.com: Roman-era temple excavated in Tyre
- History Mysteries of Caroline Lawrence: How to Get Published by Caroline Lawrence
- Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues: Yandax Sleuthing by Collectors Reveals New Puzzles on UK Antiquities Market
Association/Departmental Blogs and News
Other Blog-like Publications
- The Tale of Two Beds: Wandering and Homecoming in the Odyssey – Antigone
- Kythnos 2021: the new finds
- Roman noblewoman’s tomb reveals secrets of ancient concrete resilience
This time we’re bringing you a BIGGIE. The OG of myth, the big mumma of epic, probably one of the most famous stories from the Classical World: THE. TROJAN. WAR. And yeah – it’s another double (and this was us being concise… ish). If you’re hoping for a ‘A-Z of Troy’, then keep hoping. We’re not even sure that’s possible to be honest. But this episode should at least bring you the key players and events of the narrative. Part 1 plunges you into the characters – heroes, kings, queens, prophetesses – some better known than others (Glaucus, we’re looking at you). We’re talking Agamemnon, we’re talking Achilles, we’re talking Helen … and of course any excuse to wax lyrical about Hector a little more. Here’s where we background the war for you – literarily and mythologically. “What…?!”, we hear you cry “The Iliad wasn’t the only book about the Trojan War?!” That’s right people. We’ve got a WHOLE CYCLE (and the Iliad only covers a tiny part of the chronology). And the myths! THE MYTHS, dear listeners! What bit of fruit set off the chain reaction that would lead to the death of Patroklus (single tear)? Was it really all about Helen? What’s this Oath of Tyndareus all about anyway – obligatory MD eye roll about Odysseus.
But wait – there’s more? Part 2 of our Trojan ramble brings you a deep dive into THE ILIAD ITSELF *cue fanfare/war cry*. In the second of our Trojan War episodes, we take you on a very summary ride through the first of Homer’s great epics (it’s bumpy, there are shortcuts, peaks and troughs, roundabouts… are we taking this metaphor too far?). This book has got it ALL. Emotion, gore, grief, bravery, a night raid, A LOT of hero-posturing, and some very niche vocab about a wagon (sexy). And hey, guess what … the Iliad isn’t actually about war. Mic drop. Bear with us. There’s a lot in here. Come back, take notes, revise and repeat (plus we get more listens that way) – you’ll get to grips with it. Our takeaway from the episode? The film Troy (2004) is great but don’t believe it.
In October 331 BC, one of the most important battles of world history occurred on the plain of Gaugamela. Alexander III of Macedon, better known as Alexander the Great, had been campaigning east of the Aegean Sea against the Persian Empire for 3 ½ years. Already he had won a series of notable victories and conquered many lands west of the Euphrates River. But it would be on 1 October 331 BC that a 25 year old Alexander came up against his biggest challenge to date. A large army, gathered by the Persian Great King Darius III aimed at stopping the young conqueror in his tracks once and for all. The clash that followed would decide the fate of the Persian Empire and mark a major moment in world history. In this, slightly different, Ancients episode Tristan gives a detailed run down of the Battle of Gaugamela: the background to this titanic clash and the battle itself.
- The Hellenistic Age Podcast: 065: Antigonid Macedon – The Last March of the Spartans on Apple Podcasts
Despite the failure of Agis IV to reform a weakened Sparta, a more politically astute (and ruthless) successor could be found in the rival Agiad house, Cleomenes III. Under his reign, Sparta would be restored to a level of power capable enough to bring the Achaean League to its knees during the Cleomenean War (228-222). In a moment of crisis, Aratus of Sicyon would follow the maxim of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, and turn to a most hatred rival: Macedonia, led by the standing regent Antigonus III Doson.
- Latine loqui || Quomodo dicitur “maybe”? | Satura Lanx
- SHORT: Speaking Latin in Germany, Baden-Baden, subtitled! | Musa Pedestris
- How to Say P*nis in Latin | Classics in Color
- Catullus 39 in Latin & English, Vocabulary, Grammar Notes: Egnatius, quod candidos habet dentes
- Let’s go into the Ara Pacis! Tour in Latin Rome, Italy | Scorpio Martianus
- [BMCR] Marco Buonocore, Marrucini, Paeligni, Vestini. Inscriptiones Calabriae Apuliae Samnii Sabinorum Piceni Latinae: Supplementum Pars I – Regio Italiae Quarta, Fasc. 2. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2020.
- [BMCR] Marijn S. Visscher, Beyond Alexandria: literature and empire in the Seleucid world. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- [BMCR] Marianne Elster, Die Gesetze der späten römischen Republik Von den Gracchen bis Sulla (133 – 80 v.Chr.). Studien zur Alten Geschichte, Band 28. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020.
Online Talks and Professional Matters
- The Punic Ship of Lilybaeum-Marsala – 50 Years On Tickets, Fri 15 Oct 2021 at 08:30 | Eventbrite
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Calendar: Classics, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology Webinars
- PARTHENON SCULPTURES: From UNESCO To The Leaking Galleries Of The British Museum
- THE PARTHENON REPORT: Once Upon A Time… (Part 1)
- It all started with a Roman bowl bought for 75p: antiquities dealership Charles Ede celebrates 50 years in business
‘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 unusual wind which will be beneficial to the pastures.
… 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)