Hodie est a.d. V Id. Feb. 2776 AUC ~ 19 Gamelion in the second year of the 700th Olympiad
In the News
- New research suggests drought accelerated Hittite Empire collapse
- 3,200-year-old trees reveal the collapse of an ancient empire | National Geographic
- Greece’s allies in fight for Parthenon Marbles | eKathimerini.com
- Undiscovered Roman villa ‘faces destruction’ by developers | News | The Times
- Roman site near Trowbridge ‘threatened by plan for 180 homes’ | Wiltshire Times
- Roman helmet handle found at Priors Hall Park could show extended military presence – BBC News
- Echoes of ancient curse tablets identified in | EurekAlert!
- Terracotta votive heads emerge from the sacred area of the Etruscan city of Kainua in Marzabotto – Stile Arte
- Turkey and Syria earthquakes take toll on historic sites, antiquities damaged
- Found new “witchcraft” artifacts in the house of magical rites in Pompeii. The discovery, the video – Stile Arte
In Case You Missed It
- Vast Subterranean Aqueduct That Served Elite Romans Found in Naples – ARTnews.com
- Hobbyist With Metal Detector Discovers Enigmatic Roman Artifact
- Archaeologists Find Rare Mesopotamian-style Gold Bead in Jerusalem – Archaeology – Haaretz.com
Public Facing Classics
- Remembering the Black Romans: How a Diverse Culture Was Whitened by Colonial Interpretations of History – Everything Zoomer
- Plato, Aristotle and the power of music | The Spectator
- 36 of 234 days: conference prep – Liv Mariah Yarrow
- Laudator Temporis Acti: At Home
- A Prayer for Caesar – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- Laudator Temporis Acti: Too Many Old Books
- Academic Publishing | Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
- PaleoJudaica.com: What language did Adam speak?
- PaleoJudaica.com: Ancient gold bead found in Jerusalem
- Debt and the Value of Time – SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Roman Dacia in the digital era
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Limes: Frontierele Imperiulue Roman in Romania
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Lucerne da Antinoupolis: Scavi della necropoli nord 1965-1966
- AWOL – The Ancient World Online: Riflessi d’Oriente: Esperienze e memorie di due viaggiatori toscani in Levante (1760-1792)
- Laudator Temporis Acti: The Best Country
- Polybios (1): Greep naar de wereldmacht – Mainzer Beobachter
- Polybios (2): Biografie – Mainzer Beobachter
- Polybios (3): Het menselijk bestaan – Mainzer Beobachter
- Polybios (4): Romes succes – Mainzer Beobachter
- Polybios (5): De verloren tekst – Mainzer Beobachter
- PaleoJudaica.com: International Septuagint Day 2023 (belatedly)
- New: Posters for Classics Nerds! | Greek Myth Comix
- PaleoJudaica.com: A lost history of the Diadochoi being recovered?
- Zoom talk by Pippa on Endangered Alphabets, Sunday 12th Feb 2023 – The VIEWS project
Other Blog-like Publications
- Rare drought coincided with Hittite Empire collapse
- Rare gold bead more than 1,600 years old discovered in City of David
- In the 3,700-year footsteps of a king, a barber and a slave | Aeon Essays
- 1,800-Year-Old Sanctuary to Mithras discovered in Spain – Arkeonews
- The History of the Tetragrammaton – Biblical Archaeology Society
- Archaeological work on the Colosseum square: DIG DIARIES of the southern side and the two collapsed ambulatories of the Colosseum – Parco archeologico del Colosseo
- Pylon of the Nubian Lion Temple at Naga – Smarthistory
- Why Do Roman Roads Have No Potholes?
- February 9th | Fastorum Liber Secundus: Februarius – by M.
- Drought accelerated Hittite Empire’s collapse – Arkeonews
- Classics in Pop Culture – Bastille’s Bad Blood
Assorted Twitter Threads
Tune in this week as the guys wrap up Aeneid 9 and take a look at the fallout and aftermath of Nisus’ and Euryalus’ disastrous midnight raid. When the Rutulians wake to the bloody devastation, its off to besiege the city in which the Trojans, sans Aeneas, are hiding. In this “reverse Iliad”, we find the foreign aggressors — Aeneas and company — besieged within a city by the invaded inhabitants on the plain. Along the way, we’re met with an interesting digression in which Vergil honors motherhood with a threnody from Euryalus’ otherwise anonymous mother. He also gives us another invocation of the muse, this time of Calliope, inspiratrix of epic poetry. As full-scale war breaks out, we see Turnus unleashed, and another little hero step forward: Ascanius, Aeneas’ son. In his martial aristeia, he dispatches the Rutulian braggart Numanus, after a real, real long monologue. There may be some limericks and lighthearted moments along the way, but don’t look for any spoilers here!
This week we thought we’d do something a little different–and bring you a sneak peek of our audiobook version of Women of Myth. This version is available for preorder, and we recorded it ourselves, along with Liv from Let’s Talk About Myths Baby! who recorded her introduction. We picked three entries to share, from three different areas of the world. These women are so fascinating and awesome that we’re sure you’ll love them as much as we did. We hope you enjoy!
After the Bronze Age Collapse, Greece changed dramatically. The palaces were gone, long-distance trade declined, and crafts became much simpler. Most of all, there were fewer people living in Greece than there had been during the Mycenaean period. For all these reasons, scholars have often called this time the “Greek Dark Age.” But how dark was it, and what was life like after the palaces fell?
- Ancient Office Hours: Special Release – Johns Hopkins University Student Discussion on Race Before Race on Apple Podcasts
This special release is a recording from December 2022 with Dr. Nandini Pandey’s class at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). In the episode, you’ll hear Lexie and Dan discuss with the class their preconceived notions before the course, things they wish they could tell future students, (de)constructing classics, perspectives on how the ancient world intersects with their modern interests, and of course, a reading of the poem Ozymandias by the whole class.
- Spotlight Lecture: Amarna – City of the Sun God: an exhibition recreating a dream – YouTube | Egypt Exploration Society
- Bishop/Spy #etymology – YouTube | Alliterative
- COLOSSEUM: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire *Marathon* – YouTube
- U.S returns looted 3,000 year-old spoon to Palestinians – YouTube | AP
- AJA ~ Archaeological Landscapes of Roman Etruria: Research and Field Papers, edited by Alessandro Sebastiani and Carolina Megale
- AJA ~ The Archaeology of Roman Macedonia: Urban and Rural Environments, by Vassilis Evangelidis
- AJA ~ Eastern Mediterranean Economic Networks in the Age of the Crusades: The Case of the Peloponnese, by Katerina Ragkou
- BMCR ! Marta Fogagnolo, Zoilus Amphipolitanus. Supplementum grammaticum Graecum, 6. Boston; Leiden: Brill, 2022.
- BMCR ~ Theodora Suk Fong Jim, Saviour gods and soteria in ancient Greece. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.
- Anaximander is a hero in the development of scientific thinking | The Economist
- BMCR ~ Emilio Zucchetti, Anna Maria Cimino, Antonio Gramsci and the ancient world. Routledge monographs in classical studies. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, 2021.
- BMCR ~ Eleni Hasaki , Potters at work in ancient Corinth: industry, religion, and the Penteskouphia pinakes . Hesperia supplement, 51. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2021.
- BMCR ~ Charles H. Stocking , Susan A. Stephens, Ancient Greek athletics: primary sources in translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.
Online Talks and Conference-Related Things
- FIEC Blog: 34th Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa – Second call for papers
- 8th Symposium of the Hellenic Society for Archaeometry Athens
- Queer Sappho? Reading, Re-Reading and Reinventing Sappho’s Roman Receptions Tickets, Fri 24 Feb 2023 at 17:00 | Eventbrite
- Cross-Cultural Contact Between Egypt and the Roman Empire Tickets, Thu 13 Apr 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
- Epigrapher to deliver Mount Union’s Slater Lecture
- See what’s happening today in Dr Pistone’s Online Classics Social Calendar
- SCS Events Calendar
Jobs, Postdocs, and other Professional Matters
- News – Open Position at AIA: Grant Writer – Archaeological Institute of America AIA News
- News – We’re Hiring! View Open Positions at AIA – Archaeological Institute of America AIA News
- Placement:Service | Society for Classical Studies
Research Papers of Possible Interest
- The Valentine’s Day cupid can be traced back to a vengeful Roman god | Fortune
- The History Hunter’s Haven: A Journey To The 10 Best Archeological Sites In Greece
- Epic Tails review – Greek myths get a furry makeover in giggle-free animation | Film | The Guardian
‘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 danger for a king in the east.
… 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)