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Pompeii Find Shows Secrets Of The Samnites
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-5-2004 | Bruce Johnston

Posted on 07/04/2004 5:44:51 PM PDT by blam

Pompeii find shows secrets of the Samnites

By Bruce Johnston in Rome
(Filed: 05/07/2004)

The discovery in Pompeii of a pre-Roman temple is being hailed as evidence that the city was sophisticated and thriving 300 years before Vesuvius erupted.

The temple is said to be of Mephitis, a female deity worshipped by the Samnites, a mysterious ancient people who preceded the Romans in Pompeii.

The temple complex includes a sanctuary where it is thought girls from good families worked briefly in "sacred prostitution" as a rite of passage to full womanhood.

The Samnites were previously thought of as mountain warriors, whose settlements thrived due to a military pact with Rome, but archaeologists say the finds suggest instead that theirs was an advanced society in its own right.

The discovery is the result of a three-year joint project by the University of London and the University of Basilicata in Italy. It is said to have come as a "complete surprise".


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; archeology; economic; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; pompeii; samnites; secrets; shows

1 posted on 07/04/2004 5:44:51 PM PDT by blam
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To: FairOpinion

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 07/04/2004 5:45:24 PM PDT by blam
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"The discovery in Pompeii of a pre-Roman temple is being hailed as evidence that the city was sophisticated and thriving 300 years before Vesuvius erupted. "

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3 posted on 07/04/2004 5:49:47 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: blam

Ah yes...the Samnites....a mysterious ancient people where it is thought girls from good families worked briefly in "sacred prostitution" and made fine luggage.


4 posted on 07/04/2004 5:54:10 PM PDT by Khurkris (Proud Scottish/HillBilly - We perfected "The Art of the Grudge")
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To: blam

When you think 'cosmopolitan' you might think Naples.


5 posted on 07/04/2004 5:56:09 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: blam
The temple complex includes a sanctuary where it is thought girls from good families worked briefly in "sacred prostitution" as a rite of passage to full womanhood.

Like Monica Lewinski?

6 posted on 07/04/2004 5:56:11 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: The Duke

No, those were the Clinonites...


7 posted on 07/04/2004 6:03:35 PM PDT by pierrem15
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To: Khurkris
and made fine luggage

I thought those were the Samsonites...

8 posted on 07/04/2004 6:04:19 PM PDT by pierrem15
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To: FairOpinion
Well, read Livy and you know the Samnites were formidable opponents of the Romans. Came real close to defeating them. Livy tells a great story where the Samnites captured an entire Roman army. The wisest Samnite counselor said to let them go. When that was not accepted he advised killing them all. His reason was that anything other than complete friendship or warfare with the Romans would end in disaster. The Samintes did not follow his advice. They sent the Roman army "under the yoke" earning their hatred and ultimately their own destruction.
9 posted on 07/04/2004 6:05:05 PM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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The temple complex includes a sanctuary where it is thought girls from good families worked briefly in "sacred prostitution" as a rite of passage to full womanhood.

And they know this how? Of all the things they could say and comment on they refer to child sex. Why?

10 posted on 07/04/2004 6:05:44 PM PDT by Lester Moore (Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of All)
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To: The Duke
"Like Monica Lewinski?"

Yup. Apparently the fathers approved of this too.

11 posted on 07/04/2004 6:06:54 PM PDT by blam
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To: Lester Moore
they know this

That is the way it was all over the western world.

12 posted on 07/04/2004 6:09:55 PM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: Khurkris

At least the Supreme Court hasn't ordered "sacred prostitution" yet.


13 posted on 07/04/2004 6:15:03 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: blam
The temple is said to be of Mephitis, a female deity worshipped by the Samnites...Archaeologists say the finds suggest that theirs was an advanced society in its own right. -Bruce Johnston in Rome

I picked the wrong week to sell my Radical Feminism stock.

14 posted on 07/04/2004 6:16:08 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: blam

SPOTREP


15 posted on 07/04/2004 6:33:00 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Secularization of America)
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The girl died before her time, but was basically a wife of her owner from age 8 or so.
Cambridge Latin Course Stage 6
the bracelet
the hoard
Gold bracelet found on arm of (slave?) girl killed near Pompeii by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. On the inside of the bracelet is carved "from the Master to his slave girl" (DOM[I]NUS ANCILLAE SUAE).
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16 posted on 07/04/2004 6:44:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: LiteKeeper
SPOTREP

SPQR?

17 posted on 07/04/2004 6:44:42 PM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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18 posted on 07/04/2004 6:45:48 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Secularization of America)
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Thanks. I had seen the acronym before and had gathered the gist of it. I just could not resist the slight pun on "SPQR" (Senate and People of Rome) given the topic.

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19 posted on 07/04/2004 6:49:39 PM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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To: Martin Tell

Didn't Shakeaspere write a play about these people?


20 posted on 07/04/2004 6:56:56 PM PDT by FreedomSurge
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To: Martin Tell

Just so. The wars against the Samnites were almost as serious as the Punic wars against Carthage. It took the Romans a very long time to prevail.


21 posted on 07/04/2004 7:04:38 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: blam
The temple is said to be of Mephitis, a female deity worshipped by the Samnites

The Striped Skunk Goddess?!? Heh!
22 posted on 07/04/2004 7:22:07 PM PDT by GeorgeBerryman
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23 posted on 07/04/2004 7:31:18 PM PDT by blam
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To: Martin Tell

Ah, the ambush at the Caudine Forks. The Samnites probably gave the Romans more trouble than the Carthaginians, all things considered - the Battle of the Colline Gate was a near-run thing.


24 posted on 07/04/2004 7:48:28 PM PDT by SedVictaCatoni
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Ok Lester - stop thinking right now and turn yourself into the nearest liberal arts college. You have obviously stopped taking your SOMA.


25 posted on 07/04/2004 7:59:40 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: pierrem15

lol


26 posted on 07/04/2004 9:01:33 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: The Duke

Sounds like the ancient Middle East- not too unusual in the neighborhood a little to the east of there. Had not heard of it in Italy though.
I remember that the Sumerians and Canaanites had temple prostitutes. So did the Greeks at their temple to Aphrodite in Corinth. That was not unusual in the fertility goddess cults like that of Astarte/Inanna.


27 posted on 07/04/2004 9:11:58 PM PDT by monkeyman81
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28 posted on 07/05/2004 11:05:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("A republic, if we can revive it")
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29 posted on 07/16/2004 7:50:49 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Psalm 73)
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30 posted on 07/18/2005 8:46:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (last updated by FR profile on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.)
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