Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Sabine Chariot Rewrites History
Ansa ^ | 5-12-2006

Posted on 05/12/2006 4:17:08 PM PDT by blam

Sabine chariot rewrites history

'Exceptional' find proves independence of ancient city

(ANSA) - Rome, May 12 - An ancient king's war chariot found in a tomb near Rome has helped rewrite the history of the Romans and their Sabine rivals .

"This chariot is an exceptional find," said archaeologist Paola Santoro.

"It shows that the city of Ereteum remained independent long after the Sixth Century BC." "In other Sabine cities like Custumerium, conquered by the Romans, the custom of putting regal objects in king's tombs had died out by that time".

"We can say that Eretum kept its independence until the Fourth Century BC." Santoro said her team had recovered all the metal parts of the bronze-and-iron decorated chariot and had used echo-soundings to trace the imprints of the long-decayed wooden parts.

"This will enable us to reconstruct the whole chariot," she said.

The chariot, which accompanied the king on his last journey, was placed at the entrance to the tomb, the largest chamber tomb ever found in Italy.

Santoro's team have also found an Etruscan-style terracotta throne - "a metre high, worthy of the king's stature" - and four large bronze cauldrons with bull-hoof supports.

Less than a dozen of this type of cauldron had been discovered before, Santoro said.

The tomb was found in the main room in the three-room complex, next to a wall recess where a wooden coffin containing the king's ashes would have been placed.

The horses that had drawn the chariot would have been sacrificed at the entrance to this room, Santoro said.

Before the discovery of the Sixth-Century BC tomb, two years ago the Eretum dig uncovered a rare religious symbol used by Sabine high priests.

Some scholars think the holy object, called a lituo, was also used by kings of the Sabine tribe, one of Rome's earliest rivals and one which provided the city with its second king, Numa Pompilio.

Only two other examples of the lituo had been found - although it is seen quite often on funerary vases.

The sacred rod, a sort of curved stick, was believed to be a tool which helped priests trace out an area of the sky for watching birds whose passage would determine important decisions such as where to found a city.

Archaeological evidence of the Sabines has until now been extremely scarce and much of the stories about them have been considered legends - such as the famous Rape of the Sabines, in which Rome's first king Romulus sent an expedition to carry off Sabine women to provide wives for his desperately woman-short settlement on the Tiber.

The discovery of the object, some Italian experts believe, provided evidence of how Sabine religious usages shaped the formation of Roman institutions.

It is plausible to suppose that for some time the kings of Rome, many of them from another semi-mysterious tribe called the Etruscans, used the same religious rites as the Sabines and were in fact priest-kings, archaeologists think.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancientrome; chariot; godsgravesglyphs; history; rewrites; sabine

1 posted on 05/12/2006 4:17:10 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Rape Of The Sabines

2 posted on 05/12/2006 4:19:14 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
Sabine Chariot

Sounds like a pornstar name.......

3 posted on 05/12/2006 4:20:26 PM PDT by edpc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

this proves autonomy? it could just mean local tradition had survived


4 posted on 05/12/2006 4:21:11 PM PDT by kinoxi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: blam

Rape Of The Sabines

Getty Museum

5 posted on 05/12/2006 4:21:37 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: blam

Rape Of The Sabines

6 posted on 05/12/2006 4:24:30 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: blam

Rome was a small city for quite a while after founding, and its survival was iffy until they decided to become permanently aggressive.


7 posted on 05/12/2006 4:25:34 PM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

Rape Of The Sabines

8 posted on 05/12/2006 4:27:56 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Clemenza; rmlew
PING


CACIQUE'S RECOMENDED READING LIST
(CLICK ON ANY BOOK)


9 posted on 05/12/2006 5:06:13 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
The sacred rod, a sort of curved stick, was believed to be a tool which helped priests trace out an area of the sky for watching birds whose passage would determine important decisions such as where to found a city.

The more you read about ancient people, the more you believe stories like this were the public cover for valid strategic reasoning that was kept secret. This type of thinking more typifies the Dark Ages.
10 posted on 05/12/2006 5:20:47 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks Blam.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on or off the
"Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list or GGG weekly digest
-- Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)

11 posted on 05/12/2006 11:26:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

bttt


12 posted on 05/12/2006 11:37:16 PM PDT by nopardons
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: blam

Great find !!


13 posted on 05/13/2006 5:24:21 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam

Thanks, short and to the point.


14 posted on 05/13/2006 5:26:21 AM PDT by Dustbunny (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

In the old days the king wouldn't make a major move if the omens were unfavorable. Wouldn't be a surprise if this is still the practice in the halls of power.


15 posted on 05/13/2006 7:39:11 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: blam

ADAM
Tell ya 'bout them sobbin' women
Who lived in the Roman days.
It seems that they all went swimmin'
While their men was off to graze.
Well, a Roman troop was ridin' by
And saw them in their "me oh my",
So they took 'em all back home to dry.
Least that's what Plutarch says.
Oh yes!
Them a woman was sobbin', sobbin', sobbin'
Fit to be tied.
Ev'ry muscle was throbbin', throbbin'
From that riotous ride.
Oh they cried and kissed and kissed and cried
All over that Roman countryside
So don't forget that when you're takin' a bride.
Sobbin' fit to be tied
From that riotous ride!
They never did return their plunder
The victor gets all the loot.
They carried them home, by thunder,
To rotundas small but cute.
And you've never seens so,
They tell me, such downright domesticity.
With a Roman baby on each knee
Named "Claudius" and "Brute"

SIX BROTHERS
Oh yes!
Them a women was sobbin', sobbin', passin' them nights.

ADAM
While the Romans was goin' out hobbin', nobbin'
Startin' up fights.
They kept occupied by sewin' lots of little old togas
For them tots and sayin' "someday women folk'll have rights."

GIDEON
Passin' all o' them nights.

ADAM
Just sewin'!
While the Romans had fights.

CALEB
"Hey listen to this"
Now when their men folk went to fetch 'em
Them women would not be fetched.
It seems them Romans ketch 'em
That their lady friends stay ketched.

ADAM
Now let this be because it's true,
A lesson to the likes of you,
Treat 'em rough like them there Romans do
Or else they'll think you're tetched.

SIX BROTHERS
Oh yes!
Them a women was sobbin', sobbin',
Sobbin' buckets of tears
On account o' old dobbin',
Dobbin' really rattled their ears.
Oh they acted angry and annoyed

GIDEON
But secretly they was overjoyed

ADAM
You must recall that when corralin' your streets

BROTHERS
Oh, oh, oh, oh them poe little dears.

SIX BROTHERS ADAM
Oh yes
Them a women was sobbin', sobbin', sobbin' Oh yeah
Weepin' a ton Then sobbin' women
Just remember what Robin, Robin, Robin Oh yeah
Hood woulda done. Them sobbin women.
We'll be just like them three merry men
And make 'em all merry once again.

ADAM
And though they'll be a sobbin' for a while

ALL
Oh yes!
We're gonna make them sobbin' women smile!

16 posted on 05/13/2006 9:44:50 AM PDT by Dominic Harr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Dominic Harr

Where the heck did you get that from???


17 posted on 05/13/2006 3:39:16 PM PDT by FastCoyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Dominic Harr

Oh, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and sobbin is a mispronounced Sabine.


18 posted on 05/13/2006 3:41:35 PM PDT by FastCoyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: edpc
Sounds like a pornstar name.......

I don't want to know how many XXX rated movies you had to watch in order to gain porn name pattern recognition.
19 posted on 05/15/2006 3:28:23 AM PDT by S0122017
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: S0122017
I lost count....

;-)

20 posted on 05/15/2006 3:39:49 AM PDT by edpc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Dominic Harr

They don't make 'em like that anymore :(


21 posted on 05/15/2006 3:40:52 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: FastCoyote
Oh, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and sobbin is a mispronounced Sabine.

:-)

22 posted on 05/15/2006 6:13:39 AM PDT by Dominic Harr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: mewzilla
They don't make 'em like that anymore :(

Man, that'd be so politically incorrect now . . . feminists heads would pop off all over the nation if they tried to make something like that!

23 posted on 05/15/2006 6:14:38 AM PDT by Dominic Harr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

a curved stick - more likely it was a back scratcher...


24 posted on 05/16/2006 6:01:03 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Seems to me you've lived your life like a Camel in the wind - blowing smoke from both ends)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
The sacred rod, a sort of curved stick

Did the king have an intern named Monicus?

25 posted on 05/16/2006 6:08:23 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]


· join list or digest · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark · post a topic · subscribe ·

 
Gods
Graves
Glyphs
Just updating the GGG info, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.
GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother, and Ernest_at_the_Beach
 

·Dogpile · Archaeologica · LiveScience · Archaeology · Biblical Archaeology Society ·
· Discover · Nat Geographic · Texas AM Anthro News · Yahoo Anthro & Archaeo · Google ·
· The Archaeology Channel · Excerpt, or Link only? · cgk's list of ping lists ·


26 posted on 01/18/2010 4:24:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson