Dies Natalis of the Temple of the Dioscuri

The Dioscuri Athenian red-figure kylix. 5th BCE Collection of the  Archaeological Museum of Ferrara.            🙔🙖   🙔🙖   🙔🙖   🙔🙖   🙔🙖   🙔🙖   🙔🙖  🙔🙖   🙔🙖   🙔🙖  🙔🙖 Today, July 15, is sacred to Jupiter, and also marks the Transvectio equitum in Rome, the annual parade of the Roman cavalry in thanksgiving…

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Virtual tours and museum exhibits!

The Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project Virtual Roman Pantheon in Blue Mars The Swedish Pompeii Project: Virtual tour of tour of the House of Caecilius Iucundus From the Vatican Museums: Pio Clementino Museum Chiaramonti Museum From the Getty Museums: Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra Beyond the Nile From the Kelsey Museum…

Free Online Courses

From Open University – Free Certificate of Participation Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin                 https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/discovering-ancient-greek-and-latin/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab Getting started on classical Latin                          https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/getting-started-on-classical-latin/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab Continuing classical Latin                               …

Venus Cloacina

Warning to the faint-hearted: etymology of a historical slang word for genitalia ahead. Also, use of the word “shit”. The Etruscans were excellent engineers who developed hydrotechnology to provide wells, cisterns, irrigation, drainage and sewers. These underground tunnels were called cuniculi (singular: cuninculus), from the Ancient Greek κόνικλος (kóniklos) meaning “burrow”. And if you’re thinking that sounds like the word “cunt”, your’re right;…

Dies Natalis Divus Hadrianus

Today, January 24, is the dies natalis (anniversary) of the birth of the deified emperor Hadrian at Italica, Hispania Baetica in the year DCCCXXIX ab urbe condita (829 years from the founding of Rome/ 76 CE). Featured Image: Cropped from the Roman generals and emperors closeup in the frieze of the Great Hall of the National Galleries Scotland by William Brassey…

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…

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,…

Ancient Roman Gems in the Treasure of St Denis

Aquamarine intaglio from the Screen of Charlemagne Collection of the  Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Photograph by Clio20, via Wikimedia Commons (X). Image license:  GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 This intaglio portrait of Julia Flavia has a curious history. It was carved by the Greek engraver Evodos, probably in the 1st Century C.E.; the gold setting may date…

Material evidence of religious violence

I’ve been talking to people recently about what the material evidence of a major change in society looks like. Today, I will briefly discuss the example of the material evidence of the change in religion that occurred in Late Antiquity, when Christianity became the dominant religion in the Roman Empire. This change was brought about…

January

January Fragment of a mosaic with the months of the year. First half third century CE. Discovered in the city of Thysdrus, Roman province of Byzacena, (modern El Djem, Tunisia).  Archaeological Museum of Sousse.  Photograph by Ad Meskens, 2012.