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  • Artist Creates Stunning Photo-Realistic Images of Roman Emperors

    09/04/2020 9:47:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    The Vintage ^ | 09/04/2020 | steve Palace
    How accurate are these 21st century recreations? Voshart is the first to admit this is a creative project more than a historical one. He tells Smithsonian Magazine the results are “my artistic interpretation”. On Medium he writes the images are “more art than science”. “Sculptures and busts were idealized images of the emperors” states archaeologist Jane Fejfer from the University of Copenhagen. Referring to Emperor Augustus – the first to rule the Empire from 27 BC – AD 14 – she outlines how “mass-produced models were sent out to local workshops around the kingdom, which they then carved the portraits...
  • Roman dog with fur intact dug up at Vindolanda fort

    09/02/2020 8:35:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | November 10, 2018 | unattributed
    The 2,000-year-old remains of a dog with its fur still intact have been found at a Roman fort. The rare find was made at Vindolanda, Hexham, near Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, and has been sent for analysis to determine the dog's breed... Other finds included an 1,800-year-old skull of a beheaded native Briton that was stuck on a spike... The top part of the human skull also found showed evidence of numerous wounds including sword injuries... Another artefact found during this year's dig was a solid silver brooch in the shape of a duck dating back more than 1,800 years....
  • Hadrian’s Wall dig reveals oldest Christian graffiti on chalice

    08/29/2020 7:30:09 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    A 5th-century chalice covered in religious iconography has been discovered in Northumberland, to the astonishment of archaeologists, who describe it as Britain’s first known example of Christian graffiti on an object. With its complex mass of crosses and chi-rhos, angels and a priestly figure, as well as fish, a whale and ships, it is believed to be without parallel in western Europe. Made of lead and now in 14 fragments, it was unearthed at the Vindolanda Roman fort, one of Europe’s foremost archaeological sites, near Hadrian’s Wall, during an excavation that has also discovered the foundations of a significant church...
  • Remains of 2,000-year-old monkeys buried like sleeping children reveal Romans and ancient Egyptians imported them from India as household pets

    08/28/2020 11:32:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    The First News ^ | August 24, 2020 | Joanna Jasinska
    Ancient Romans and Egyptians imported monkeys from India as household pets, Polish archaeologists have discovered. By examining the skeletons of monkeys buried in the animal cemetery in the Red Sea port of Berenice researchers found that the primates were rhesus macaques endemic to India, rather than some local species. Archaeologists from the Warsaw University's Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology were in the process of excavating a vast animal cemetery when they came across the monkey skeletons. For years they assumed they belonged to guenon species, quite common in this area. It was only by using 3D scanners and comparing the bones...
  • 'Glass Wreck' reveals traces of East-West maritime trade in southwestern Turkey

    08/25/2020 1:24:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | August 21, 2020 | Anadolu Agency, Edited By: Irem Yasar
    The Serce Port shipwreck, on display at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology in southwestern Mugla province, offers a glimpse into the popular 11th-century trade route between the Middle East and Europe. Popularly called the "Glass Wreck," the exhibit hosts hundreds of items reflecting the ship's historical and archaeological importance. The ship is believed to have set sail from Lebanon's Port of Beirut... in the 11th century and sunk at a depth of 33 meters (108 feet) in Serce Port, Marmaris, in southwestern [Anatolia]... Among the artifacts exhibited along with the ship are gold Islamic and copper Byzantine coins, scales,...
  • All roads DID lead to Rome

    11/26/2019 6:05:44 AM PST · by shoff · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 25, 2019 | Isabella Nikolic
    New DNA analysis has found that Roman satirists may have been right when they spoke of Greeks and Syrians taking over their city. Things started to change however from 900 BCE to 200 BCE, as Rome grew in size and importance, and the diversity shot up from 27 BCE to 300 CE, when the city was the capital to an empire of 50 million to 90 million people, stretching from North Africa to Britain to the Middle East.
  • "Proceed to Rome and desolate that city." ~ The Sack of Rome by Alaric, August 24, AD 410

    08/24/2019 6:29:36 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 28 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | August 24, 2019 | Florentius
    The sack of Rome, the Eternal City, by Alaric and his Goths occurred on this date, August 24, in anno Domini 410. This catastrophic event, caused as much by the inept diplomacy of the Romans as by the intrepidity of Alaric, was a major turning-point in history that shook the Roman Empire to its very core. Indeed, this event was such a profound shock that it inspired Augustine of Hippo to write his greatest and most influential work, The City of God, as a response. Writing later in a work called Retractiones, Augustine records the event and the immediate reaction...
  • Actors – The Lowest Social Class In Ancient Rome

    06/15/2020 10:09:57 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    ancient-romans ^ | April 7, 2020 | styrman
    Unlike in the progressive modern world where one can become a part of the high-society and idolized by mindless plebs simply by the merit of being a (famous) actor, the ancient Romans had the exact opposite stance. Actors in the Roman world were considered the lowest of the low, being on roughly the same social status as slaves. That the Romans had a low opinion on actors should not come as a surprise, as actors by definition, act. In a society where honesty, merit, personal accomplishments and pursuit of civic virtue were in high regard, it is thus understandable that...
  • Macron says Mont Blanc glacier melting proves global warming

    02/13/2020 9:50:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2020 | by Johnny Cotton, Noemie Olive
    CHAMONIX, France - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the melting of Mont Blanc’s main glacier is irrefutable proof of global warming, as he sought to burnish his environmentalist credentials ahead of municipal elections next month. During a visit to the “Mer de Glace” (sea of ice) - France’s largest glacier which has shrunk dramatically in recent years - Macron met scientists and announced new protective measures for the area, including higher fines for littering. “What we are seeing with the evolution of the glacier is irrefutable proof of global warming and climate change and the toppling of an...
  • Ancient Greek City Uncovered in Russia [Temple of Demeter]

    05/23/2011 9:09:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1+ views
    EU Greek Reporter ^ | May 8, 2011 | Tania Mourtzila
    What is considered to be a unique discovery has been made in Taman, South Russia, at the Black Sea. The ruins of an ancient Greek city, dated around the 6th century BC, came to light. Archeologists are stunned both by the number of the findingsand the condition they were found in. The excavations are proceeding with extreme caution, in order to avoid damaging the city's ancient fortress. According to historians, it is assumed that the ruins are the temple of Dimitra, the ancient goddess of fertility and agriculture, while they were able to determine the very spot of the altar....
  • Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor

    08/15/2020 12:29:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 November 2017 | Michael Wood
    "You want to know who I was, posterity? Then listen…" The Roman poet Ovid never doubted his own genius - his autobiography is brought to life by Simon Russell Beale, starting with his early life in Sulmona, Italy. | Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor (trailer) | Release date:14 November 2017
  • Catapult-Makers Were Once Ye Olde Celebrities

    07/05/2004 2:52:06 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 3,206+ views
    IOL ^ | 7-5-2004
    Catapult-makers were once ye olde celebrities July 05 2004 at 08:24AM London - Catapult designers were the celebrity scientists of the ancient world, according to a British expert. Until the discovery of gunpowder, the catapult was the most powerful weapon in existence, said historian Serafina Cuomo. The machines, capable of hurling large projectiles long distances, were in high demand during the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans - and so were their makers. But the construction of catapults was no easy task, requiring great mathematical and engineering skill. It became a science in itself, known as "belopoietics" from the...
  • Mediterranean Sea warmer during Roman Empire than any other time in past 2,000 years: experts

    07/30/2020 12:33:27 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2020 | Chris Ciaccia
    A new study suggests the Mediterranean Sea was the warmest during the Roman Empire than any other time in the past 2,000 years The research, published in Scientific Reports, notes the Mediterranean was 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) warmer "than average values for the late centuries for the Sicily and Western Mediterranean regions.
  • 15 Ghost Towns in Italy

    07/28/2020 8:35:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Slow Italy ^ | updated October 31, 2013, January 14, 2015, August 6, 2018 | Slow Italy
    Balestrino, LiguriaOf all the ghost towns in Italy Balestrino is probably the most mysterious one. It is not quite certain when the town was founded, nor exactly what happened and why it is was abandoned. However, one of the earth quakes that struck the region in 1887 coincides with a drop in population, so that may be a plausible explanation. Before the earthquake that the population amounted to 800-850 inhabitants, mainly farmers. In 1953 the town was completely abandoned due to 'geological instabilility'. The remaining inhabitants (about 400) were moved to a safer area to the west of the...
  • High Desert Man Charged with Unlawfully Importing Ancient Mosaic

    07/24/2020 7:10:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 25 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 24, 2020 | DOJ
          LOS ANGELES – A Palmdale resident was charged today with illegally importing a mosaic depicting the Roman god Hercules that is believed to have been made nearly two millennia ago.          Yassin Alcharihi, 53, was named in an indictment that charges him with one count of entry of goods falsely classified.         The indictment alleges that Alcharihi claimed he was importing a mosaic and other items valued at $2,199, when in fact he was importing an ancient mosaic worth more than that. The indictment also alleges that he misrepresented the quality of the mosaic and what the artwork depicted.         The charges in the...
  • 2000-Year-Old Cat Paw Prints Discovered on Tile

    07/31/2015 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 01:26 PM ET | by Rossella Lorenzi
    The cat paw print on the Roman roof tile. David Rice ================================================================================================================== Paw prints made by a cat 2,000 years ago have been found on a Roman roof tile kept at a museum in south west England. Dug up in Gloucester in 1969, the tile fragment had long lain unnoticed at Gloucester City Museum. Only recently, a researcher spotted the cat’s paw on the tile while going through the finds from the 1969 archaeological excavation. “At that time the archaeologists seem to have been more interested in digging things up than looking at what they found,” David Rice, curator at...
  • Huge Atlas statue to guard Sicily's Temple of Zeus once more

    07/15/2020 8:04:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | Lorenzo Tondo
    A colossal statue of Atlas, buried for centuries among ancient ruins, will soon take its rightful place among the ancient Greek temples of Agrigento on Sicily. The city's archaeological park announced that the artwork, one of the most celebrated sculptures on the island, will be raised upright in front of the Temple of Zeus. In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan or god who was forced to bear the sky on his shoulders after being defeated by Zeus, one of the next generation of gods called Olympians. The statue, eight metres high and built in the 5th century BC, was...
  • 5,000 years of history of domestic cats in Central Europe

    07/15/2020 5:45:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 13, 2020 | Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun
    A loner and a hunter with highly developed territorial instincts, a cruel carnivore, a disobedient individual: the cat. These features make the species averse to domestication. Even so, we did it. Nowadays, about 500 million cats live in households all around the world; it is also difficult to estimate the amount of the homeless and the feral ones. Although the common history of cats and people began 10,000 years ago, the origins of the relation still remain unknown... Scientists from the Institute of Archaeology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun have outstanding merits in this field. An article discussing...
  • New method solves old mystery: Hafnium isotopes clinch origin of high-quality Roman glass

    07/11/2020 3:58:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 9, 2020 | Aarhus University
    An international team of researchers have found a way to determine the origin of colourless glass from the Roman period. Using isotopes of the rare element hafnium, they confirm that the prestigious 'Alexandrian' glass was indeed made in Egypt... The Roman glass industry was prolific, producing wares for drinking and dining, window panes and coloured glass 'stones' for wall mosaics. One of its outstanding achievements was the production of large quantities of a colourless and clear glass, which was particularly favoured for high-quality cut drinking vessels. The fourth-century Price Edict of the emperor Diocletian refers to colourless glass as 'Alexandrian',...
  • Renovations at Historic York Guildhall Reveal Human Remains, Roman Artifacts

    07/07/2020 6:57:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | July 2, 2020 | Nora McGreevy
    Last spring, York's Guildhall found itself in dire straits. Water dripped from the 15th-century meeting hall's ceiling, and cracks in one of its walls were so large that visitors could stick a hand straight through them, reported David Dunning for local radio station Minster FM at the time. That fall, the local government launched a £16.5-million construction project aimed at restoring the historic building -- which has stood on the banks of the River Ouse in the northeastern English city for more than 500 years -- to its former glory. But the work has revealed more than just dilapidated walls:...