Sunday 29Dec2013

It’s the doldrums for many things between Christmas and New Year, as it is in the Classics world. As we all recover from Christmas meals and turkey sandwiches, here is the round-up of news from last week, for the last time in 2013.

Sunday 29Dec2013

Matthew Nicholls on the traditions of Christmas time in Rome (the content of the articles are pretty similar):

  • “Whips, cloaks and parchment: the festive presents of ancient Rome” with Matthew Nicholls. The Guardian 
  • “Roman ‘Christmases’ were similar to ours” Phys: 
  • “From Kindles to your Nan’s ugly sweater – Roman ‘Christmases’ were similar to ours” 

There are more Christmas-related article via this link, in which we wished you a Merry Christmas:

New discoveries on how the Ara Pacis and the Obelisk of Montecitorio comlement each other in alignment:

An interactive method of teaching Latin by a priest:

  • “Neb. priest, students engage in Latin through conversation” Catholic News Agency: 

Jospehine Balmer on the subtlety of translation and on how to present translated, fragmented text:

  • “Translation and subjectivity: the classical model” Oxford University Press blog 

Dr. Ted Zorrow overseas an increase of uptake in Latin in his school with active and imaginative methods of teaching:

East Oxford Community Classics Centre is now offering A-level Latin to comprehensive students in Oxfordshire. Well done Dr. Robinson!:

  • “Pupils at comprehensive to study for an A-Level in Latin” Oxford Times 

“Ancient Greek Gold Bracelet Sold in New York” Greek Reporter: 

“Roman artefacts discovered at Rainham housing site” Romford Recorder 

“Roman Villa remains unearthed at Taylor Wimpey’s Emerson’s Green site” Easier property: 

“Ancient Vineyards Found in Basque Country” Archaeology 

“Hallan estructuras originales del circo romano de Tarraco” (“Discovered: Original structures of Tarraco’s Roman circus”, article in Spanish) National Geographic España: 

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

Review: “Atlantis: Touched by the Gods, Part Two” by Juliette Harrisson. The review of the final episode of season one. Pop Classics blog:

Quiz!: “Terry Deary’s Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire Quiz” The Daily Telegraph 

“Discovering a Roman city near Vienna” on Carnutium. Buenos Aires Herald: 

“Ancient Greece and Mental Disorders” Greek Reporter: 

“5 Reasons Why Plato and Aristotle Still Matter Today” Publishers Weekly 

“PLV Inscriptions (Birdoswald)” Per Lineam Valli blog: 

“Travel to Sicily: Italy with a touch of Greece and Africa” Washington Times 

“Decline and fall of Rome’s cinematic empire: The end for Italy’s famed Cinecitta studios?” The Independent 

“Robin Osborne on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?” with @RickyPo. 

“I NEED A (working-class tragic) HERO” Edith Hall is holding out for a hero for her essay. The Edithorial:


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