Breviter: July 19, 2017

Big line ups at Knossos:

Concerns for the site of Sebastapolis:

On the Trump administration’s love for Thucydides:

Some political commentary by Danielle Allen:

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This Day in Ancient History: ante diem viii idus iulias

William Blake Richmond portrait of Arthur Evans
Image by Martin Beek via Flickr

ante diem viii idus iulias

  • ludi Apollinares (day 3) — games instituted in 212 B.C. after consulting the Sybilline books during a particularly bad stretch in the Punic Wars; four years later they became an annual festival in honour of Apollo
  • rites in honour of Vitula, possibly honouring a divinity who supposedly presided over victory celebrations … or perhaps she had something to do with heifers
  • 1851 — birth of Arthur Evans (excavator of Knossos)