Related reading 2019

I managed to finish 41 books this year! Only 15 were non-fiction, but I think I did good! Here are the 8 books I read with relevance to this blog, with brief summaries: Christianizing the Roman Empire by Ramsay McMullen Discusses the ‘how’ of the issue, and doesn’t sidestep coercion and violence. Religion in Roman Egypt…

Happy New Year!

Winged Victory Roman terracotta oil lamp, 2nd half of 1st century CE. On the discus a winged Victory holds a shield inscribed with a New Year’s wish for happiness. Around her are representations of things that were usually given as gifts to celebrate the New Year—money (in the form of three coins) and dried fruit (dates…

Why I love the Winter Solstice

I had plans for this morning, I really did – but instead, I slept in, and so I missed sunrise on the winter solstice, as I have so many times before. It’s okay, though. The sun is shining through my windows now, and I’m very grateful. The sun is reliable, which may be part of the reason…

Helios sphere

Featured Image: Engraved Stone Ball (Magic Sphere?) with Helios and magical symbols, 2nd-3rd centuries CE. Discovered in 1866 at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens, near the remains of the theatre of Dionysus. Collection of the Athens Acropolis Museum Photo by Gary Todd, 2016 via Flickr (X) Image License: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain…

Antinous Triumphant

Today, October 31, the modern cult of Antinous celebrates the triumph of Antinous over death. Ave, Ave Antinoe Liberator! Homo Deus, Victor, Pacis Imperator!

Foundation Day

Today, October 30, the modern cult of Antinous celebrates Foundation Day, the founding of the city of Antinoopolis by Hadrian on this date in 130 CE – and also the founding of the modern cult of Antinous on this date in 2002. Ave, Ave, Antinoe! Featured Image: Votive brick-tile with a portrait of Antinous After 130 CE,…

Antinous in the Underworld

Today, October 29, the modern cult of Antinous commemorates the descent of Antinous to the Underworld. Anyone, Egyptian or foreigner, known to have been carried off by a crocodile or drowned by the river itself, must by all means be embalmed and wrapped as attractively as possible and buried in a sacred coffin by the…

The cult of Antinous: free online resources

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but should be helpful to those first learning about Antinous, and hopefully suggest directions for further research to those interested in learning more. In addition to the links below, I also modestly suggest my own #Antinous and #Hadrian tags for more information. The Modern Cult of Antinous:…

Death of Antinous

Today, October 28, the modern cult of Antinous commemorates the death of Antinous on the Nile in 130 C.E., in Upper Egypt, near modern al-Minyā, along the north bank of the river. Featured image: Nile River, Egypt by Jang Woo Lee, 2006 via Wikimedia Commons (X). License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported  

The Monster Compilation of Free Online Resources for Classical Studies – Update

Featured image: Muse reading a volumen (scroll), at the left an open chest. Attic red-figure lekythos, circs. 435-425 BCE. From Boeotia. Collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo by Jastrow (2006) via WIkimedia Commons (here)  25 July 2019 Update Classical studies is the interdisciplinary study of the ancient Mediterranean world, including archaeology, language, literature, culture, history,…

Oikumene

“I know that my country is the world and that the gods are guardians, those judges of my deeds and words above and beyond me.”  – Seneca, De vita beata, 20.5 Featured Image: Panel depicting a two men embracing, T-shaped mosaic in the triclinium of The House of Orpheus (2nd century CE) containing four panels arranged…