Sunday 23Mar2014

Pompeii seems to be crumbling… and for all the promises by the different ministers of different regimes, what needs to be lacking, the news of damage and theft, is sadly not lacking. Here is the round-up of last week’s news in Classics.

Sunday 23Mar2014

A fresco is stolen from Pompeii.

And therefore…

Meanwhile, the war in Syria has faded out of the news, but it still causes damage:

“Britain’s earliest known Roman irrigation unearthed in Cambridge” Cambridge News:

“2,000-year-old Roman sculpture unearthed in Lincoln garden” Lincolnshire Echo:

“The latest on the Lion Tomb at Amphipolis” by . Dorothy King’s PhDiva:

The Gaza Apollo is still missing:

  • “Gaza Apollo will not go to Louvre” and whereabouts unknown. Art Newspaper:

“Ancient Greek Trireme Used for the Movie “300”” Greek Reporter:

Read: “The Cambridge don who taught Mary Beard ‘what it is to learn'” <Cambridge News>:

The Joint Library has new lockers!:

  • “New Lockers!” Joint Library of the Hellenic & Roman Societies / Institute of Classical Studies Library:

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

“I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome…, at the Grand Palais in Paris, review: ‘dazzling and charismatic'” <Telegraph>

“Problems with the Crimea — ancient style” by . A Don’s Life:

“Disappearing into thin air” by . Romans remembering disappearance. Reading Latin – Latin Reading:

“Studying the Book of the Dead at Reading” by Nick West. Classics at Reading:

“Popular Culture and the Democratisation of Classics, with Tony Keen” Classics Confidential:

“Ovid the naturalist” by Jane Alison. OUPblog:

“Ancient Rome in So Many Words: Crepundia” by Chris Francese :

“Libya’s Ancient Borders” by Josephine Quinn. LRB blog:

“What’s in a fragment?” by . David Allsop Classics:

“Nestor and Indo-European Twin Myths, with Douglas Frame” Hour 25, Harvard:




Sunday 02Mar2014

Rain has damaged a significant amount of masonry in Pompeii. It seems the new minister is taking the issue seriously and we hope that there will be less news similar to this in the future – if this persist, when can we seriously consider unearthing more of Pompeii or similar sites? Here are the rest of the news from last week.

Sunday 02Mar2014

A school for gladiators discovered at the edge of empire:

  • “Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors” National Geographic: 

A house, discovered near to the heart of empire:

Rain causes damage at Pompeii. See our summary (the first link) for further links:

Homeland security takes action to seize sarcophagus lid obtained by foul means:

  • “Ancient Roman ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Statue Heading Home After Being Seized By U.S. Authorities” CBS New York 

Is the UK being haughty:

Well done to University of Reading’s department and Matthew Nicholls and it’s good that their work has been recognised:

  • Teaching Excellence Winner: University of Reading” Project: Virtual Rome The Guardian Higher Education Network: 

“Headington pupils’ school mosaic inspired by Romans” Oxford Mail: 

“Roman road in İzmir’s ancient site Agora opens” Hurriyet Daily News: 

“Are the crowds in Ukraine reviving an ancient Roman tradition?” BBC News: 

“Digs on Nottingham tram route unearth evidence of Romans at Lenton” Nottingham Post: 

“Archaeologists uncover remains of Roman road in Sedlescombe” The Argus: 

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

“The Olympic Games in Ancient Rome” Latin Language Blog: 

“Vindolanda” – a travelogue. By Cressida Ryan. Weekend Notes: 

“The pleasures of Lille” by Mary Beard. Many classical beaux arts. A Don’s Life: 

“The Latest Scheme for the Parthenon by Mary Beard” <New York Review of Books>: 

“The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations: res gerendae: 

“Did the Romans really speak Latin sir?” by Andy Keen. Keener Classics: 

“Zoophilia Ancient and Modern” by Edith Hall. The Edithorial: 

“Aristotle on Happiness” by Neel Burton. YT (Neel Burton): 

“4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier” The Week: 

“The Power of Song and Music at Pompeii” by Peter Kruschwitz. Reading Latin – Latin Reading: 

“The Odyssey/Penelope Retold review – ‘Ithaca becomes a haven of nightclubs'” The Guardian: 

“Thucydides in Sevastopol” The Crimean crisis through Thucydidies, by Neville Morley. Sphinx blog: 

For your diary…

“A day’s introduction to Sanskrit” 09Jul, London. The Classics Library: 

“Michael Scott – Delphi” 6:45pm, 25Mar. £ Heffers Classics 

“Robin Waterfield in conversation with Paul Cartledge” 6:30pm, 01Apr. £ Heffers Classics: 

And in Spanish/Y en español:

“Calígula: La invención del emperador loco” Tempora: 

“Incautan en Nueva York tapa de sarcófago romano” El Diario Mexico: 

“El mayor parque arqueológico español ya es visitable de forma gratuita en Cartagena” Turismo en Cartagena: 

“Arqueología en vivo en el Barrio del Foro Romano” a Cartagena. Murcia: 

“Melampo el Mercader: La boda de Corónide (I)” por Aristides Minguez. Paprl de periodico: 

“La muerte de Sarpedón” Animasmundi: 

“Ingeniería romana funcionando en el 2.000” via @breviaria. La túnica de Neso: