Hodie est a.d. V Kal. Feb. 2775 AUC ~ 26 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad
In the News
- Bedfordshire A428 dig: ‘Hugely significant’ Roman farm found – BBC News
- Archaeologists find Roman artefacts at controversial development site near Kendal | The Westmorland Gazette
- Sotheby’s attempts to sell ancient Egyptian statue for $3-5M; is it legal? – EgyptToday
- Roman dig and museum would ‘do for Roman York what Jorvik did for the Vikings’ | York Press
Classicists and Classics in the News
- Adjunct history professor details book on science in ancient world | News | tahlequahdailypress.com
- Liu ’25: Criticizing the stories we loved growing up – The Brown Daily Herald
Public Facing Classics
- Mr Speaker? Would Cicero Have Done Better? | Blog post by Mary Beard
- The ancients knew they couldn’t turn back time | The Spectator
- Three Things Thursday: Squatters, Syllabi, and the Split Seminar | Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
- Genius and the Tyrant – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Aristophanes, Knights 69-70
- Writing Down the Law – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- “Do Not Acquit this Man” – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: New Open Access Monograph Series: Decorative Principles in Late Republican and Early Imperial Italy
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Latin as the Language of Science and Learning
- Euthydemos van Baktrië (of niet) – Mainzer Beobachter
- The History Blog » Blog Archive » Phoenician records found in Cyprus
- Laudator Temporis Acti: From Liberty to Slavery
- PaleoJudaica.com: More on the Victorian archaeology of Jerusalem
- Domitianus (26): Farao – Mainzer Beobachter
- Spencer Alley: French Painters Contemplating the Non-Living and the Living
- Blogging ancient epigram: ‘Love-Epigrams’, part four: shuffling gender
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey: A Walk Through the Past
Other Blog-like Publications
Assorted Twitter Threads
- Ad Navseam: Stoics Finally Come to This: Cicero’s De Natura Deorum, Part I” (Ad Navseam, Episode 71) on Apple Podcasts
In this first of a three-parter, Dave and Jeff set up a deep dive into a fascinating late work of Cicero in which representatives of the three major Hellenistic schools of thought (Epicurean, Stoic, and Academic) debate the nature and existence of the gods. Is their existence sure, doubtful, or impossible? And what is Cicero up to? Is he the Milli Vanilli of ancient philosophy, just lip-synching to Plato’s and Zeno’s greatest hits? Or is there some essential, original material here? What do we mean by “originality” in an ancient context? Sidle up to the buffet, and serve up a heapin’ helpin’ of ennui as Dave blows the thick dust off his dissertation…Cicero’s very reputation as a philosopher is at stake.
Where does the notion of ‘moral duty’ come from? In this conversation with Simon E. Drew we dive deep into the history of the concept and discuss my recent book The Invention of Duty.
Crucifixion was a Roman practise or torture and execution that proved a popular punishment for slaves and enemies of Rome When crucified an individual was nailed to a cross or a piece of wood and left in the elements to asphyxiate. Obvious content warning! Guest: Dr Gillian Shepherd (Director, Trendall Centre, La Trobe University)
In the bitter and bewildering struggle during the years after Cannae, Rome at last gained the upper hand. However, Hannibal would be afforded one last chance to turn the tide of the war. This was the arrival of his brother, Hasdrubal, with a great army of mercenaries in northern Italy in 207 BC. As the two brothers attempted to join forces, the Romans would execute an audacious plan to corner Hasdrubal by the banks of the Metaurus before he could unite with his elder brother….
Anthony Burton joins us to talk all about the history of a fabric synonymous with decadence.
Murray answers this question sent in from Micius. Do you think the “Grass Crown” was really a rare award or that it just wasn’t written about very often for whatever reason?
Now that we have witnessed the birth of the Delian League, in today’s episode we trace their exploits in the 470s BCE. The league does a good job landing more blows against the Persian Empire, but at the same time they begin to more strongly resemble an empire, and some league members are not amused. A new military leader named Cimon emerges to lead the Delian League. He suppresses some piracy, and his trireme fleet is overhauled to more better suit their campaign objectives. We consider all of this, and more, as the Delian League’s navy expands and then defeats a Persian fleet at the Battle of Eurymedon River.
- RCR – Anna Willi, Irrigation in Roman Western Europe, Deutsche Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft 17. Clausthal-Zellerfeld: Schriften der Deutschen Wasserhistorischen Gesellschaft, 2021.
- BMCR – Hans Peter Isler, Ausgrabungen in der frühbronzezeitlichen Siedlung im Heraion von Samos 1966. Samos, 30. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2021.
- BMCR – Menelaus in the Archaic Period: not quite the best of the Achaeans
Online Talks and Professional Matters
- Coffin Fellowship Deadline Extended! | Society for Classical Studies
- Shifting Sands: Change Over Time in Ancient Egypt
- The Egyptological Conference in Copenhagen 2022
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Calendar: Classics, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology Webinars
- How Carl Sagan Explained Brilliance of Greek Scientist Eratosthenes
- To understand the Roman empire, read Pliny the Younger | The Economist
- 11 of the Most Dazzling Hoards Ever Discovered | Mental Floss
- The Chicago connection behind ‘The Death of Cleopatra’ by Edmonia Lewis | WGN-TV
- The Birth of Renaissance in Italy
- Palace Of Galerius In Thessaloniki — Greek City Times
‘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 abundance of sea fish but death for the flocks.
… 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)