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  • Ten ancient Romans we could all learn from

    10/27/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 28, 2015 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    A stained glass portrait of St Augustine After Mary Beard's list of important Romans, here's mine...Mary Beard has done more than anyone else, I think, to bring ancient Rome alive, and over at the Guardian she provides us with her list of the ten best ancient Romans. Lists are very personal things, and everyone will have a rival version, so I cannot resist submitting my own. Here are ten people we call all learn from, indeed need to learn from, in the order in which they popped into my head.1. Aurelius Augustinus, better known as St Augustine of Hippo,...
  • Archaeologists discover 'Roman Village' in Gernsheim

    09/17/2015 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 17, 2015 | Provided by: Goethe University Frankfurt
    Aerial Image of the foundation of a Roman stone building. Length of the leveling staff (White) at the upper edge of the Picture: 5 meters. Credit: Dennis Braks ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During their first Gernsheim dig last year, Frankfurt University archaeologists suspected that a small Roman settlement must have also existed here in the Hessian Ried. Now they have discovered clear relics of a Roman village, built in part on the foundations of the fort after the soldiers left. This probably occurred around 120 AD. At the time the cohort (about 500 soldiers) was transferred from the Rhine to the Limes, and...
  • ISIS Puts Captured Roman Amphitheatre Back Into Use as Venue for Execution as Entertainment

    05/30/2015 5:38:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-30-2015 | Oliver Lane
    A Roman-built ampitheatre has been used for the public execution of captured prisoners of war before an audience for the first time in perhaps 1,500 years, after ISIS forces captured the classical ruins at Palmyra last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports twenty prisoners, thought to be captured Syrian soldiers who had attempted to defend the ancient city from the Islamic State, were put to death before an audience of militants and locals. The observatory reports the ampitheatre dead were just a few of the near-70 executed in the area so far, on suspicion of being enemy forces,...
  • Researchers uncover 'mask unlike any other'

    03/16/2015 12:22:25 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 16, 2015
    An ancient god has resurfaced in Israel thanks to what archaeologists say is a one-of-a-kind discovery. University of Haifa researchers were digging at what's believed to be an ancient basalt armory outside Sussita—which the Jerusalem Post reports was once the Roman city of Antiochia Hippos—when a ball from a ballista, an ancient missile weapon, appeared two weeks ago. As it was made of limestone rather than basalt, archaeologists suspected it was an enemy missile and turned to a metal detector to search for a coin that might date the projectile. It found something far bigger: a 2,000-year-old bronze mask larger...
  • Roman Aqueducts and Water Mills

    02/20/2015 11:37:37 AM PST · by wildbill · 28 replies
    The city of Arles, ARELATE, set up as a roman colony for veterans of Caesar's 6th legion on a low hill on the left bank of the Rhône near the river mouth, grew out to be one of the most important cities in the Western Roman empire, known as "Gallula Roma", the Rome of Gaul. Such an important city needed an aqueduct, and the most suitable area to provide the city with water was a 35 km long EW trending limestone massif to the NE, known as the Alpilles, with a maximum elevation of 492m. In roman times, the range...
  • Back to future with Roman architectural concrete

    12/19/2014 2:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | December 15, 2014 | Lynn Yarris
    No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Pantheon, Trajan's Markets, the Colosseum, or the other spectacular examples of ancient Roman concrete monuments that have stood the test of time and the elements for nearly two thousand years... Working at ALS beamline 12.3.2, a superconducting bending magnet X-ray micro-diffraction beamline, the research team studied a reproduction of Roman volcanic ash-lime mortar that had been previously subjected to fracture testing experiments at Cornell University. In the concrete walls of Trajan's Markets, constructed around 110 CE, this mortar binds cobble-sized fragments of tuff and brick. Through observing the mineralogical...
  • Roman Treasure Hidden from Boudicca's Army Discovered in Colchester [UK]

    09/04/2014 1:43:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 4, 2014 15:12 BST | By Hannah Osborne
    A hoard of Roman treasure believed to have been hidden from Boudicca in the first century has been discovered by archaeologists in Colchester. The collection, including fine gold and silver jewellery, had been buried for safekeeping during the early stages of Boudicca's Revolt, Colchester Archaeological Trust said. It represents the first hoard of precious metals ever found in Colchester town centre and is thought to have belonged to a wealthy Roman woman, who stashed the treasure under her house when she heard the vengeful queen's armies were approaching. The archaeologists said the hoard was found under the floor of a...
  • Dovedale Roman and Iron Age coins found after 2,000 years

    07/08/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 6 July 2014 Last updated at 21:15 ET
    The treasure trove was unearthed after a member of the public stumbled across four coins in the cave in Dovedale in Derbyshire's Peak District. The discovery prompted a full-scale excavation of the site. Experts say it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been found buried together. Archaeologists discovered 26 coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD43, and 20 other gold and silver pieces which are Late Iron Age and thought to belong to the Corieltavi tribe. Although Roman coins have often been found in fields, this is understood to...
  • NFL ditching Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50

    06/04/2014 11:54:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | June 4, 2014 | John Breech
    If you don't know your Roman numerals, the Super Bowl can be a confusing time. However, no one will be confused when Super Bowl L kicks off after the 2015 season because for one year only, the NFL will be making the switch from Roman numerals to standard numbers. That's right: Super Bowl L will be Super Bowl 50. The first-regular numbered Super Bowl will air on Feb. 7, 2016 on CBS.
  • London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls: Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.

    10/05/2013 2:00:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 4, 2013 | Roff Smith
    Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possibly—just possibly—be victims of the famed Queen Boudicca's troops, decapitated during her uprising against Roman rule in 61 A.D.
  • Are We Rome? Ben Powell Compares the U.S. with the Roman Empire

    09/15/2013 6:34:11 PM PDT · by Dysart · 24 replies
    Reason ^ | 9-15-2013 | Ben Powell/Nick Gillespie
    "If we continue down the misguided path that the government is taking us, then the future does not look good," says Free Market Institute's Ben Powell. Reason's Nick Gillespie caught up with Powell to discuss the theme of this year's Freedom Fest, "Are We Rome?" and whether America is following in Rome's footsteps towards decline. "Our economic freedom has been plummeting the last ten years," Powell says, "and this isn't a product of Obama. It's Bush [and] Obama consistently. More than half of our decline in economic freedoms happened under Bush. It's just the rate of decline is happening more...
  • 'The Pompeii of the North': London's most important ever archaeological dig

    04/19/2013 5:45:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2013 | LEON WATSON
    Thousands of Roman artefacts have been unearthed in an archaeological dig hailed as 'the most important excavation ever held in London'.Archaeologists have found coins, pottery, shoes, lucky charms and an amber Gladiator amulet which date back almost 2,000 years.Experts leading the excavation have also uncovered wooden structures from the 40s AD around 40ft beneath the ground.The site is just yards from the River Thames and alongside a huge building project for new offices on Queen Victoria Street in the heart of London's financial district.he Bloomberg Place construction siteArchaeologists work to unearth Roman artifacts. The discoveries have been so well preserved...
  • Ovarian tumor, with teeth and a bone fragment inside, found in a Roman-age skeleton

    02/04/2013 8:17:51 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | January 24, 2013 | Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
    A team of researchers led by the UAB has found the first ancient remains of a calcified ovarian teratoma, in the pelvis of the skeleton of a woman from the Roman era. The find confirms the presence in antiquity of this type of tumour -- formed by the remains of tissues or organs, which are difficult to locate during the examination of ancient remains. Inside the small round mass, four teeth and a small piece of bone were found. Teratomas are usually benign and contain remains of organic material, such as hair, teeth, bones and other tissues. There are no...
  • Deepest Roman shipwrecks found near Greece

    05/30/2012 6:18:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek island, challenging the idea that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes. The merchant ships were sunk nearly a mile deep between Corfu and Italy - proving that ancient traders didn't 'hug the shore'. Greece's culture ministry said the two third-century wrecks were discovered earlier this month during a survey of an area where a Greek-Italian gas pipeline is to be sunk.
  • The Roman Station Liturgy - Lenten Station Churches of Rome

    02/22/2012 1:40:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    pnac ^ | February 22, 2012
    The information in this section comes largely from The Urban Character of Christian Worship, by Rev. John Baldovin, S.J. Footnotes refer to the pages in his text where further information can be found.Station Churches 2012 Each year, the North American College follows the ancient tradition of the Roman stational liturgy. All are invited to join us for the celebration of Mass each day. Using the side bar on the left, you will find the schedule and listing of the churches. Each page contains a short description and history of each church. At the bottom of each page, you will find...
  • Dug out of the Thames mud, a token Romans used to pay for their pleasure

    01/16/2012 7:09:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Eleanor Harding
    Made from bronze and smaller than a ten pence piece, the coin depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act. Historians believe it is the first example of a Roman brothel token to be found in this country. It lay hidden in mud for almost 2,000 years until it was unearthed by an amateur archaeologist with a metal detector. On the reverse of the token is the numeral XIIII, which experts say could indicate the holder handed over 14 small Roman coins called asses to buy it. This would have been the equivalent of seven loaves of...
  • Ron Paul Photographed With White Supremacists Don and Derek Black

    12/30/2011 1:13:33 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 13 replies
    WeArePolitics.com ^ | 12-30-2011 | Bill Knowles
    Fresh off of his endorsement from former KKK Grand Wizard and former Congressman from Louisiana David Duke, we find this photo of Congressman Ron Paul with former Klansman, former Nazi and current radio show host and moderator of Stormfront.org Don Black. Pictured next to Black in the cool hat appears to be his radio sidekick and son Derek. (Here's an interesting note....Derek's mother is David Duke's ex-wife. Que the banjos.)
  • Woman arrested after being 'caught having sex with 15-year-old boy on Thanksgiving Day'

    12/04/2011 4:09:05 PM PST · by buccaneer81 · 232 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2011 | NA
    A Texas woman was arrested after relatives said they caught her having sex with a 15-year-old boy on Thanksgiving Day. The scene unfolded at a family gathering held on the holiday at a house in Oakridge Forest Lane in Spring. Police arrested Amanda Billiris, 23, after relatives said they witnessed her having sexual intercourse with the boy, the arrest report states. The avid motorcycle racer has been charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, reports the Houston Courier. According to the Texas Penal Code, if convicted, she faces between two to 20 years in prison. Ms Billaris...
  • The Pope, Chaplain to OWS? Rubbish

    10/24/2011 2:18:12 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2011 | George Weigel
    “Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish,” says voice therapist Lionel Logue to King George VI as the brassy Australian walks the about-to-be-crowned king through a particularly orotund part of the coronation ceremony in The King’s Speech. Logue’s comment nicely sums up the media and Catholic Left commentary on a “Note” released today by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary System in the Context of Global Public Authority.” Drudge got it wrong: “Vatican Calls for ‘Central World Bank’.” CNBC got it wrong: “The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a ‘global public authority’ and...
  • Ann Coulter: 'OCCUPY WALL STREET' (HEARTS) WALL STREET (Love Soros/Hate Fox News)

    10/19/2011 2:30:27 PM PDT · by Syncro · 26 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Oct 19, 2011 | Ann Coulter
         'OCCUPY WALL STREET' (HEARTS) WALL STREET October 19, 2011The worst thing about Occupy Wall Street is that it's ruining a good cause: hating Wall Street. Just when opposing Wall Street was gaining momentum, these brain-dead zombies are forcing us to choose between thieving bankers and them. If the Flea Party were really concerned about the greedy "Wall Street 1 Percent," shifting money around to make themselves richer and everyone else poorer, their No. 1 target should be George Soros. Of course, we don't know exactly how much money Soros has, since he keeps all his money in offshore...
  • 'Austin Powers' actor suspected in prison death

    10/12/2011 6:46:27 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    google.com ^ | 10/12/2011 | DON THOMPSON
    A bit actor who appeared in the first "Austin Powers" movie is suspected in the death of his cellmate at the California prison where he is serving a life sentence, corrections officials said Tuesday. Joseph Son , 40, wore a bowler hat and played one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, named Random Task, in 1997's "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." He also was a mixed martial arts fighter who appeared in several other movies or videos in the 1990s, according to his Hollywood biography. He arrived at Wasco State Prison in the state's Central Valley on Sept. 16 after he...
  • The Mystery Of The Ron Paul Freakshow

    10/02/2011 11:07:18 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 70 replies
    Absolutely NonPaul ^ | 10/3/11 | Alan Levy
    Here's a trillion dollar deficit question: Where did Iran's Favorite Congress Critter, Ron Paul, get his army of followers ? It's an important question to ask. Bloggers can't criticize Paul without having a cross burned on their blog by the RuPaulista SS. (Erick Erickson's RedState has had to ban anyone who wasn't a member for more than six months for mentioning Paul in a post.) Conservative radio show hosts can't utter a peep about Mahmoud AmendinePaul without having his lines jammed up for the rest of the show.
  • Leon Panetta Echos Obama's Anti-Israel Disinformation Campaign

    10/02/2011 8:35:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Yid with Lid ^ | 10/2/11 | Jeff Dunetz
    Not every anti-Israel step the Obama administration takes is reflected by policy. For every "start negotiations with the 1949 Armistice lines" there is disinformation, a falsification of history spewed out by the administration. The latest example of this falsification of history was presented tonight by new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. On his way to meetings with Israeli and Egyptian officials, Panetta warned that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, and said Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. In a blunt assessment made as he was traveling...
  • After Demise Of ‘Don’t Ask,’ Activists Call For End To Military Ban On Transgenders

    09/29/2011 2:24:49 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 225 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/28/11 | Rowan Scarborough
    With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.
  • Excavations at Tlos reveal Roman works

    08/24/2011 1:12:16 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    Daily News ^ | Aug 18, 2011 | MUĞLA - Anatolia News Agency
    New excavation work in the ancient city of Tlos in MuÄŸlaÂ’s Fethiye district has unearthed several ancient sculptures of Roman emperors. The archaeological team found sculptures of Roman emperors Hadrian; Antonius Pius and his daughter Faistinaminor; Mareus Aurellus as well as the Goddess Issis, according to Taner Korkut, who is leading the dig.
  • The drag queen, 12: Schoolboy is ‘Naughty Nora’(boy,12,is village drag queen, parents "delighted")

    08/21/2011 8:59:44 PM PDT · by Stoat · 36 replies · 4+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | August 22, 2011 | John Coles
    EXCLUSIVE The drag queen, 12 Schoolboy is ‘Naughty Nora’ By JOHN COLES  A SCHOOLBOY aged 12 has been crowned the DRAG QUEEN of his village - and his parents are delighted. Redvers Stokes slips on his mum's bra, a tight pink dress, blonde wig and towering heels to become "Naughty Nora". He clinched the title against tough competition from local men by belting out camp versions of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Dolly Parton hits. The tiny Cornish village of Sticker, near St Austell, started its drag queen contest two years ago - because not enough girls among the population...
  • 'Britain's first pre-Roman planned town' found near Reading

    08/20/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | August 17, 2011 | Louise Ord
    Archaeologists believe they have found the first pre-Roman planned town discovered in Britain.It has been unearthed beneath the Roman town of Silchester or Calleva Atrebatum near modern Reading. The Romans are often credited with bringing civilisation to Britain - including town planning. But excavations have shown evidence of an Iron Age town built on a grid and signs inhabitants had access to imported wine and olive oil. Prof Mike Fulford, an archaeologist at the University of Reading, said the people of Iron Age Silchester appear to have adopted an urbanised 'Roman' way of living, long before the Romans arrived. "It...
  • 3,000 Roman 3rd Century coins found in Montgomery field

    07/28/2011 8:31:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | unattributed
    ...The hoard of copper alloy coins, dating from the 3rd Century, was unearthed in Montgomery, Powys, several weeks ago. About 900 were found by a member of a Welshpool metal detecting club, with the rest of the discovery made with help from archaeologists. The exact location is being kept secret to protect the site. The Powys coroner will determine whether they qualify as treasure. Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT), which helped unearth the coins, said the discovery had the potential to reveal more about Roman life in mid Wales in the late 3rd Century. The find in Montgomery is a few...
  • Pictures: Gold Treasure, Roman Coins Revealed in U.K.

    04/06/2011 11:27:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published April 4, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Fifty thousand Roman coins found in a field in Somerset, England, in 2010 (including the artifacts above) amount to the largest hoard of coins discovered in a single vessel—and the second largest hoard of ancient coins ever found in Britain, according to British Museum experts. The coins, along with recently discovered Iron Age gold jewelry—both found by amateur treasure hunters—will be acquired by museums, thanks to a series of grants and donations, officials recently announced. The coins will go to England's Museum of Somerset, which will put them on display after it reopens this summer. The haul, most of which...
  • Surge in Satanism sparks rise in demand for exorcists, says Catholic Church

    03/30/2011 3:55:43 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 14 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/30/11 | Nick Squires
    A surge in Satanism fuelled by the internet has led to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcists, the Roman Catholic Church has warned. The web has made it easier than ever before to access information on Devil-worshipping and the occult, experts said. Exorcism is the subject of a six-day conference being held this week at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, which is under the Vatican's authority. "The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism," said Carlo Climati, a member of the university who specialises in the dangers posed to...
  • Third-century Roman sculptures discovered

    02/10/2011 11:05:03 AM PST · by greatdefender · 17 replies
    ROME (AFP) – Archaeologists have unearthed a set of six marble sculptures in Rome that likely belonged to a high-ranking official of the Roman Empire, Italy's culture ministry said Wednesday. Led by Roberto Egidi, the group of archaeologists dug up five marble heads representing members of the Severan imperial dynasty as well as a statue of the Greek god Zeus while excavating a public site. The figures were buried in an ancient fountain of a lavish Roman villa along the Via Anagnina street in southeast Rome. The "extraordinary" discovery, one of the biggest and most important in recent memory in...
  • Motorway maximus: Unearthed, a stunning Roman super-highway built 1,900 years ago

    02/09/2011 12:56:37 AM PST · by Islander7 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Daily mail ^ | Feb 7, 2011 | reporter
    * The 15ft-high road ran from London to Exeter It was a route once trod by legionnaires as they marched across a conquered land. But, eventually, the Romans left Britain and the magnificent highway they created was reclaimed by nature and seemingly lost for ever. Now, some 2,000 years after it was built, it has been uncovered in the depths of a forest in Dorset. And, remarkably, it shows no sign of the potholes that blight our modern roads.
  • Jerusalem, Mother of Harlots

    12/31/2010 9:03:44 PM PST · by topcat54 · 98 replies
    American Vision ^ | December 31, 2010 | Joel McDurmon
    By | Published: Jesus told his listeners, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matt. 21:43). For many people, this verse provides the heart of “replacement theology”—the idea that the Christian Church has replaced the old physical nation of Israel as God’s chosen people and priestly nation (1 Pet. 2:9–10, et al). Without requiring the use of the label “replacement,” this is essentially what the verse teaches. It does not mean that Jewish people can never again taste of God’s grace, it simply means that the Old Jewish...
  • Obama’s Well, Nero’s Fire, and Commodus’ Absurd Extravagances

    07/21/2010 9:10:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-21-10 | Skookum
    The film 'Gladiator' was based loosely on the reign of Commodus, here he suspects his sister of treachery, there was an undercurrent of sexual tension hinting at an incestuous relationship in the film,  just as there was during his reign.  His relationship with gladiators was much stronger than portrayed in the film; he considered these despised slaves as his friends and trained with them, a situation that left Rome's aristocrats dumbfounded.  He often jumped into the arena to engage them in semi-mock battle during the games; at least until the gladiator could sustain a wound and beg for mercy.  His...
  • Guy With Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins

    07/10/2010 5:45:29 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | July 10, 2010 | Gizmodo
    Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins.Crisp was lolling with his detector in a field in southwestern England when he made the discovery, eventually unearthing some 50,000 silver and bronze coins dating from 253 to 293 AD. Over 700 of them bear the face of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, a Roman general who ruled Britain and was the first to make coins in the region.Crisp, a self-described "metal detectorist," explained that...
  • Huge Roman coin find for hobbyist

    07/08/2010 5:15:35 AM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 8 July 2010 | Staff
    One of the largest ever finds of Roman coins in Britain has been made by a man using a metal detector. The hoard of more than 52,000 coins dating from the 3rd Century AD was found buried in a field near Frome in Somerset. The coins were found in a huge jar just over a foot (30cm) below the surface by Dave Crisp, from Devizes in Wiltshire. "I have made many finds over the years, but this is my first major coin hoard," he said. After his metal detector gave a "funny signal", Mr Crisp says he dug down 14in...
  • Roman gladiator cemetery found in England

    06/08/2010 5:33:01 AM PDT · by Lobsterback · 18 replies · 51+ views
    CNN.com ^ | June 8, 2010 | the CNN Wire Staff
    London, England (CNN) -- Heads hacked off, a bite from a lion, tiger or bear, massive muscles on massive men -- all clues that an ancient cemetery uncovered in northern England is the final resting place of gladiators, scientists have announced after seven years of investigations....
  • Italy: Ancient Etruscan home found near Grosseto

    06/01/2010 8:45:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies · 572+ views
    ADNKRONOS ^ | Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | AKI
    An ancient Etruscan home dating back more than 2,400 years has been discovered outside Grosseto in central Italy. Hailed as an exceptional find, the luxury home was uncovered at an archeological site at Vetulonia, 200 kilometres north of Rome. Archeologists say it is rare to find an Etruscan home intact and believe the home was built between the 3rd and 1st century BC. Using six Roman and Etruscan coins uncovered at the home, archeologists believe the house collapsed in 79 AD during wars unleashed by Roman general and dictator, Lucio Cornelio Silla. Archeologists have discovered a large quantity of items...
  • Four Liturgical Forms [Ordinariate]

    05/18/2010 10:22:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 111+ views
    The Anglo-Catholic ^ | 5/17/10 | Fr. John Hunwicke, SSC
    Some things about the Eucharistic worship of the Ordinariates are already clear. Since Ordinariate clergy will be part of the Roman Rite, they will be able lawfully to use the Ordinary Form in a translation which will have received the recognitio of the Holy See – and I am of course thinking of the new ICEL translation of the Roman Rite. Doubtless many will use this rite, since (particularly in England) very many Anglican Catholic clergy have in the past used the OF. Those who adhered to more ‘Anglican’ forms – the Alternative Service Book or Common Worship – commonly...
  • Roman-era mummy found in Egyptian oasis

    04/12/2010 1:53:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 622+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/10 | Diaa Hadid - ap
    CAIRO – Egyptian archaeologists discovered an intricately carved plaster sarcophagus portraying a wide-eyed woman dressed in a tunic in a newly uncovered complex of tombs at a remote desert oasis, Egypt's antiquities department announced Monday. It is the first Roman-style mummy found in Bahariya Oasis some 186 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Cairo, said archaeologist Mahmoud Afifi, who led the dig. The find was part of a cemetery dating back to the Greco-Roman period containing 14 tombs. "It is a unique find," he told The Associated Press, confirming that initial examinations indicate a mummy is inside the coffin. The carved...
  • We Picked the Wrong Roman Dictator

    02/13/2010 8:33:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 629+ views
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 02/13/2010 | Bill Flax
    <p>From Government Square in Cincinnati, I often sit surrounded by impressive displays of federal invasiveness, and muse that we picked the wrong Roman dictator.</p> <p>The Federal Building across the street, serving primarily to dispense largesse confiscated from the workers packed into the square below. The brilliantly marbled Federal Reserve branch where regulators seek enhanced power to oversee commerce while recoiling vigorously against any attempt to be scrutinized themselves. And the block long Federal Court House, which unlike the others, has constitutional legitimacy even as its reach and depth far surpass anything our founders would have tolerated.</p>
  • Ancient Roam [ s/b "Ancient Rome" and c/b "Ancient Roman Statue Used as Garden Gnome"]

    01/18/2010 11:54:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Croatian Times ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Austrian Times
    A priceless ancient Roman statue has been discovered being used to decorate a flower bed in a housing estate. The headless sculpture of an emperor is believed to have been stolen some time in the 1930s and then used during the construction of a posh private square in Naples, Italy. It is thought to date back to the 2nd century BC and may once have stood in the grand gardens of a local palace. Police have now restored the statue to the city's archaeological museum after a race against time to beat the Mafia to the treasure. "We knew...
  • California Justices Hear Arguments in Polanski Case

    12/15/2009 11:09:10 PM PST · by KingofZion · 6 replies · 305+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 10, 2009 | Michael Cieply
    Speaking before a courtroom packed with reporters and camera crews, Chad Hummel, a lawyer for Mr. Polanski, called his treatment by the California courts and prosecutors “a really remarkable, astonishing record of misconduct.” *** Prosecutors, of course, saw it differently. “Do we want to say to him and to every defendant that flight is a remedy?” said Phyllis Asayama, a lawyer with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Ms. Asayama insisted that a 100-year-old doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, under which those who flee are stripped of rights to challenge the law, would have no meaning if Mr. Polanski were...
  • Gore Vidal Describes Polanski's Victim as 'Young Hooker'

    10/29/2009 4:02:44 PM PDT · by feralcat · 51 replies · 2,266+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | October 28, 2009 | John Nolte
    In an interview published today, The Atlantic describes Gore Vidal as “a sharp provocateur, as irascible and irreverent as ever.” I’m assuming that’s some kind of internal Atlantic-code for "twisted old has-been degenerate desperate for attention": ATLANTIC: In September, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood. During the time of the original incident, you were working in the industry, and you and Polanski had a common friend in theater critic and producer Kenneth Tynan. So what’s your take...
  • Gloucester body 'is Goth warrior'[UK]

    10/09/2009 9:21:37 AM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 817+ views
    BBC ^ | 09 Oct 2009 | BBC
    A late Roman period body unearthed in Gloucester has stunned experts after tests suggested it was a Goth warrior from eastern Europe. The man, aged 25 to 30, who was dug up north of Kingsholm Square in 1972, had always baffled archaeologists. His elaborate silver belt fittings, shoe buckles and inlaid knife were believed to be from an area between the Balkans and Southern Russia. Chemical tests now prove he was from east of the River Danube. This has led historians to suggest he was a Goth mercenary in the Roman Army. Pirate warden? The large bones date to about...
  • Video: Whoopi says Polanski didn’t commit “rape-rape”

    How low will Hollywood go in defending Roman Polanski? Former Oscar hostess Whoopi Goldberg tries to parse the meaning of rape between rape and something called “rape-rape” — which, if you read the testimony of Polanski’s victim, Polanski literally did by raping her and then sodomizing her. Goldberg tries to argue that Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape, not actual rape, which is true, and that he served a sentence — which is absolutely false:
  • Roman Statues Found in Blue Grotto Cave

    09/28/2009 3:45:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,574+ views
    Discovery.com ^ | 9/28/09 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sept. 28, 2009 -- A number of ancient Roman statues might lie beneath the turquoise waters of the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri in southern Italy, according to an underwater survey of the sea cave. Dating to the 1st century A.D., the cave was used as a swimming pool by the Emperor Tiberius (42 B.C. - 37 A.D.), and the statues are probably depictions of sea gods. "A preliminary underwater investigation has revealed several statue bases which might possibly hint to sculptures lying nearby," Rosalba Giugni, president of the environmentalist association, Marevivo, told Discovery News. Carried out in...
  • Recent discovery of a Roman Coin Hoard in the Shrewsbury Area[UK][10K Coins]

    09/10/2009 8:45:56 AM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 1,325+ views
    Finds ^ | 07 Sep 2009 | Daniel Pett
    A very large and important find of a hoard of Roman coins was recently discovered by a novice metal detector user in the Shrewsbury area. This is probably one of the largest coin hoards ever discovered in Shropshire. The finder, Mr Nic. Davies, bought his first metal detector a month ago and this is his first find made with it. The hoard was discovered close to a public bridleway on land that Mr Davies did not have permission to detect on. All land is owned by someone and it is important that permission to search is obtained in advance. The...
  • Via Aurelia: The Roman Empire's Lost Highway

    07/06/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 1,470+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | June 2009 | Joshua Hammer
    French amateur archaeologist Bruno Tassan fights to preserve a neglected 2,000-year-old ancient interstate in southern Provence At first glance, it didn't appear that impressive: a worn limestone pillar, six feet high and two feet wide, standing slightly askew beside a country road near the village of Pélissanne in southern France. "A lot of people pass by without knowing what it is," Bruno Tassan, 61, was saying, as he tugged aside dense weeds that had grown over the column since he last inspected it. Tassan was showing me a milliaire, or milestone, one of hundreds planted along the highways of Gaul...
  • ST Paul's tomb 'may be opened'

    06/27/2009 4:34:40 PM PDT · by BGHater · 38 replies · 2,567+ views
    Italy Mag ^ | 27 June 2009 | Italy
    A Roman tomb believed to be that of St Paul may be opened for the first time in 2000 years, the archpriest of the cathedral where it is located said Friday. ''We've been thinking of opening St Paul's sarcophagus for a while and Pope Benedict XVI has not ruled out ordering a thorough analysis of the tomb,'' said Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo of St Paul's Outside the Walls. ''We've also studied how we could do it. You have to bear in mind that this sarcophagus has been there for 20 centuries and has never been opened,'' he said....