Free Online Courses Starting Today!

Greek and Roman Mythology Offered by the University of Pennsylvania, 10 weeks: https://www.coursera.org/learn/mythology   Roman Art and Archaeology  Offered by the University of Arizona , 6 weeks:  https://www.coursera.org/learn/roman-art-archaeology   Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors Offered by the University of Pennsylvania, 4 weeks:  https://www.coursera.org/learn/plato   Arch of Titus: Rome and the Menorah Offered by Yeshiva University, 6 weeks:   …

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                               …

Arizona national monument, home to sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up for the border wall

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/organ-pipe-cactus-national-monument-blasts-arizona-national-monument-being-blown-up-for-border-wall-2020-02-07/ A national monument in Arizona, home to rare species and sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up this week as part of construction for President Trump’s border wall, Customs and Border Protection confirmed to CBS News. “Controlled blasting” inside Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument began this week without consultation from the…

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,…

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…

In memory of Khaled al-Asaad

Today, 1 January, marks the birth of Khaled al-Asaad near the temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria in 1932. He became interested in archaeology from a very young age, and studied history at the University of Damascus. He joined the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus, and served as Director of Antiquities of…

Happy Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere! Happy Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere! Image: Mosaic from Roman Ucetia, Modern Uzès, France © Denis Gilksman/ INRAP, 2017. Image source: INRAP (X) Archaeologist: Philippe Cayn.   License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 More about this archaeological site: https://www.inrap.fr/en/discovery-antique-uzes-12596

Vanilla Extract Discovered at 3,000- to 4,000-year-old Canaanite Tomb

Vanilla extract has been found in offering jugs from a tomb near the palace of the Canaanite city-state of Tel Megiddo, in modern-day northern Israel. Read More ->  Featured Image: Tel Megiddo, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Liorca, 2016 via Wikimedia Commons (X) License: Featured Image: C BY-SA 4.0