Hodie est Non. Dec 2775 AUC ~ 12 Poseideion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad
In the News
- ‘Highway of ancient world’: Part of an 1,800-year-old Roman road found in Galilee | The Times of Israel
- Archaeologists Solve Century-old Mystery of Prehistoric ‘Desert Kites’ – Archaeology – Haaretz.com
- 17,000 relics kept in Sassanid fort’s treasure trove – Tehran Times
- Tomb with Greek Mummy Unearthed in Aswan, Egypt
- Parthenon Marbles Return: British Museum Greek Annex? Loan? – The National Herald
In Case You Missed It
- Deal to return Elgin Marbles to Greece at advanced stage – reports – BBC News
- Secret Negotiations Close To Returning Parthenon Sculptures (!)
- British Museum pledges ‘not to dismantle’ Parthenon sculptures amid reports of talks with Greece | Euronews
- Archaeologist urges Sotheby’s to cancel auction of ‘illicit’ artefacts
- Why the Rosetta Stone shouldn’t be returned to Egypt | The Spectator
- Italy’s ancient bronze statues discovery may rewrite Etruscan and Roman history : NPR
Classicists and Classics in the News
- Mary Beard on the Elgin Marbles: ‘I see the good and bad arguments on both sides’ | Times2 | The Times
- Joan O’Brien | Obituary | The Daily News of Newburyport
- Stephanie McCarter recommends 6 translations of Greek and Roman literature | The Week
- Akropolis World News ~ Σίνα
- Nuntii Latini mensis Novembris 2022 – Bremen Two
- Ephemeris ~ DE VERBIS RUSSICIS
- Ephemeris ~ DE CIVITATE ISLAMICA
- Ephemeris ~ POTESTAS BOREOCOREANA
- PaleoJudaica.com: Bickart, The Scholastic Culture of the Babylonian Talmud (Gorgias)
- PaleoJudaica.com: Persian inscriptions at Persepolis
- Two Anchors, Two Lands – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Laudator Temporis Acti: A Wrestling Hold
- Drinking is a Double-Edged Sword – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- “The Man, the Myth, the Pumpkin” Podcast – Tales of Times Forgotten
- De prioriteit van Marcus – Mainzer Beobachter
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Not for Myself Alone
- How Joseph Met Mary In the [Apocryphal] Gospel of James – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- PaleoJudaica.com: Money for Cartagena’s archaeological heritage
- PaleoJudaica.com: Sokolskaya, Die griechische Bibel in Alexandrien (Brill)
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Mumienmasken – Entstehung und Entwicklung bis zum frühen Mittleren Reich
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: The Long Augment in Homer: a formula-based approach
- The Late Arrival of Rhodes – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Frigidus, de koude rivier – Mainzer Beobachter
- The History Blog » Blog Archive » Metal signature of Roman 19th Legion identified at Teutoburg battle site
- PaleoJudaica.com: Syriac poetry: “the original Christian Rock”
- PaleoJudaica.com: Section of Roman road discovered in Galilee
- Looting Matters: Apulian Dinos Seized from NYC Private Collection
- Looting Matters: Identifications at Sotheby’s in London
- A Coptic Remedy Against Sleepless Nights for New Parents – Papyrus Stories
Other Blog-like Publications
- Larkin in Latin – Antigone
- The Romano-British Writing Tablets of Vindolanda – Antigone
- Investigation of drainage system under the Colosseum
- Festive mood at the Acropolis Museum
- Gold from the ancient cities of Troy, Poliochni, and Ur had the same Origin – Arkeonews
- Huge funerary building and Fayoum portraits discovered in Egypt Fayoum – Arkeonews
- Justinianic Wars: A Study – Retrospect Journal
- What Caused the Collapse of the Legendary Bronze Age? – Retrospect Journal
- 5 December 45 BCE: From Publius Vatinius (at Narona) to Cicero (at Rome)
In this story, inspired by Homer and Sophocles, Benjamin Howell introduces us to Diomedes and Odysseus who are en route to visit an old acquaintance – his name is Philoctetes… The Fox Who Charmed The Snake was narrated by the University of Edinburgh’s Professor Douglas Cairns, Chair of the Classical Association Council and a Fellow of the British Academy.
The princeps is dead, long live the princeps. The year is 54 C.E. The emperor Claudius has just died, and a new Claudius has come to take his place – a fictional Claudius straight from the pages of Seneca the Younger’s Apocolocyntosis Divi Claudii, whose boundless cruelty is rivalled only by his own mind-numbing obliviousness. What is Seneca trying to achieve? How does this reflect on Nero? And most bafflingly of all, what’s with all the gourds?
Join Anna and Amber on a tour of third millennium BCE Mesopotamia, where they explore the Royal Tombs of Ur. It has everything: musical instruments, very extra jewelry looks, a Great Death Pit (!), a famous excavator with a flair for the dramatic, even a surprise find nearly a century later in a museum basement. Who was buried there? What makes these tombs so special? What did Sumerian music sound like? How great was that death pit?
Anna and Amber rummage around on the floor of history’s closet to bring you a brief history of shoes from around the world! Learn why caves in the southwestern USA are full of shoes. Find a shoe museum near you for some sole-searching. Enjoy a description of Anna’s favorite goofy historical fashion statement. All this and more!
Kick off Women’s History Month with a show all about some of the earliest representations of women in art! Anna introduces us to the Venus of Willendorf and her curvy comrades, and shares a research study with very modern take on ancient art. Meanwhile Amber bursts our bubble about the matriarchy and goddess religions in Old Europe, and discusses goddess worshippers of past and present at Çatalhöyük in present-day Turkey. Or, as Amber would insist we call it this month, Her-key.
Here at The Dirt, we talk a lot about the things that people leave behind, but we’ve not spent much time talking about what’s left behind of the people themselves. That changes this week, when Anna and Amber discuss excavating, storing, studying, and selling archaeological human remains, and take a look at some of the legal and ethical challenges involved. Content note: this episode contains descriptions of violence done to deceased people and discussion of trafficked human remains.
Most famously known as the birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem has been immortalised in texts, carols, and imagery across history. But prior to the arrival of Jesus and the nativity, Bethlehem had a vibrant, and unexpected history. Located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, Bethlehem was home to famous figures such as King David and was eventually a favourite spot of Roman Emperor Constantine I. But how do we know about all these figures – and what else is there left to learn? In today’s episode, Tristan is joined by Professor Joan Taylor to help illuminate Bethlehem’s hidden past. Looking at what the archaeology can tell us about this noteworthy settlement, and helping to separate fact from fiction – Joan offers a new take on this ancient village.
How did gladiators take hold in Rome? Where did they come from and how was their use moulded by the big political events of the 1st century BC? In this episode I get into this and other aspects such as a few myths and their fighting stats.
- Archaeologist Reviews Ancient Apocalypse Ep 3 – YouTube } ArchyFantasies
- Archaeologist Reviews Ancient Apocalypse Ep 4 – YouTube | ArchyFrantasies
- What a Powerful Woman Could Accomplish in Ancient Rome: Cornelia – YouTube | Classics in Color
- What Happened After The Battle of Allia? – YouTube | Ancient History Guy
- In Search of Greek Theatre #3: The Oresteia (1981) – Part One (Staging and Design) – YouTube | National Theatre
- In Search of Greek Theatre #4: The Oresteia (1981) – Part Two (Masks and Chorus) – YouTube | National Theatre
- RCR ~ Stephanie Lynn Budin, Freewomen, Patriarchal Authority, and the Accusation of Prostitution (London: Routledge, 2021).
Online Talks and Conference-Related Things
- Threat, Risk, and Uncertainty in the Ancient Near East
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Events Calendar
Jobs, Postdocs, and other Professional Matters
Research Papers of Possible Interest
- Archaeological Research 2014 to 2021: an examination of its intellectual base, collaborative networks and conceptual language using science maps. Sinclair. Internet Archaeology 59.
- Nashville Parthenon: How the Greek temple’s only exact replica ended up in TN
- Was the Parthenon of Acropolis Built by Slaves?
- The Ancient Greeks of Gujarat, India
- Socrates, the Founder of Western Philosophy – GreekReporter.com
- Arbeia: Visit This Impressive, Partially Re-Constructed Roman Fort In England
- Here’s Where You Can Find The Vestiges Of Roman Paris
- Priestesses Among Few Women Who Had Status, Power in Ancient Greece
‘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 mangy diseases.
… 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)