Sunday 17Nov2013

Thalatta, thalatta! As a sea-battle site is being unearthed (or un-watered) the end of Portus, Rome’s trading port near Tiber’s mouth, is also a bit clearer to us thanks to the work that the University of Southampton and others are doing there. Below is the round-up of last week’s news.

Sunday 17Nov2013

They have opened the coffin in Tamworth (see last week’s post for more articles), and they have found things inside.

  • “Still wearing her jet bangles, the girl buried in Roman Britain 1,700 years ago” Daily Mail
  • “REVEALED: The first finds from the Tamworth Roman coffin” Tamworth Herald

The site of a significant naval battle in antiquity has been found. The Battle of the Egadi Island (241BC), fought during the First Punic War, could be said to set Rome on course to be the dominant power in the Western Mediterranean.

  • “Treasure trove from the first ever ancient naval battle to be discovered” Daily Mail
  • “Ancient naval battle site ‘rammed’ with relics of war” HeritageDaily:

Portus, a significant trading port serving the City, yielded some secrets on its last days.

  • “Archaeologists uncover secrets of Portus, once gateway to Rome” The Guardian
  • “Romans ‘destroyed Portus palace as barbarians approached'” The Daily Telegraph:
  • “Fiumicino, colonne sul mare: svelata l’antica Portus” Il Messaggero

Podcasts of the International Conference on ‘Use and Abuse of Law in the Athenian Courts’ is now available  from iTunes:

Videos from the conference “Greek Literary Epigram: From the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era” are now available.

“Bachillerato students criticise decision to make Latin compulsory” The article is in Spanish. (“Los estudiantes de Bachillerato critican la obligatoriedad del Latín”) Periódico de Aragón

“New light shed on history of ancient glass” HeritageDaily:

“Ancient Roman Villa and SPA Discovered by Archaeologists in Greece” Greek Reporter:

A new mooc will soon be available, entitled: ” Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of History’s Greatest Warrior” Wellesley edX:

Sunday’s Supplements – blogs, comments and other occasional pieces

Review of last night’s episode: “Atlantis: The Furies” by Juliette Harrisson. Pop Classics blog:

“The Battle of Thermopylae and ‘300’” blogged by Paul Cartledge. OUPblog:

“A call to the goddess” Barry Powell on the begnning of Iliad. With recordings. OUPblog:

“Unravelling the Roman town of Ocriculum (Otricoli) and a bit more besides.” by Sophie Hay.

“Cicero, Cincinnati and the Stars” by Andrew Sillett. On US’s and Rome’s Cicinnati. whatwouldcicerodo

“Neaera and her time in Athens” by David Allsop. David Allsop Classics

“The Joy of Sex (Greek and Roman style)” by Carrie Vout. Huffington Post:

“Sexual Peculiarities of the Ancient Greeks” Greek Reporter:

“Museum watch: Ure museum brings ancient Greece into Reading” GetReading:

“Athena in China” On an image on Stein’s book, and across the Silk Road. By Llewelyn Morgan. Lugubelinus blog:

Read: “Jesus’ crucifixion was legal: Spanish study” The Local:


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