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  • 'Round A Table of Wines and Wars: Agricultural Practices of the Etruscans

    04/17/2019 11:17:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    CBTNews Features ^ | 2006 | CropBiotech Net
    The Italian peninsula seems to shimmer and shine with history and art, from graceful, full bodied nymphs set against make-believe cypresses and oaks, to crumbling mounds of marble on which lie the almost breathable, almost visible words of lives, songs, and politics past. But before all the art, before the reawakening, before the soldiers cloaked in scarlet and gold, and the senators in their Senate hall...before the reign of emperors and tyrants was a race of peoples whose culture lived on in the greatest empire the world has ever known. They were the Etruscans, a mysterious tribe that scattered throughout...
  • Greaco-Roman winery discovered in Egypt's Beheira

    04/08/2019 3:58:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    el-Ahram ^ | Sunday, January 27, 2019 | Nevine El-Aref
    An Egyptian archaeological mission has uncovered the third section of a Greaco-Roman winery and its store galleries surrounded by a mud brick wall at Abu Al-Matameer archaeological site in Beheira governorate. Adjacent is a residential settlement that was once used by the winery employees. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online that the galleries of the winery have a distinct architectural design, with thick mud brick walls of different sizes. Some of the walls bear in their mortar small blocks of limestone that appear to have been inserted randomly. "These blocks may have been used...
  • Doctors, Diseases and Deities: Epidemic Crises and Medicine in Ancient Rome

    04/08/2019 12:33:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    BAR ^ | March 11, 2019 | Biblical Archaeology Society Staff
    There's no question that today's modern culture is very different from that of ancient Rome, but certain human realities remain consistent across time. The challenges of illness and injury were as prevalent in the Roman Empire as they are in today's society, and the concern with medicine and health is something modern people have in common with ancient Romans. BAS Director of Educational Programs Sarah Yeomans's doctoral research is concerned with Roman medical technology, medical cult and the impact of plague on Roman society. Recently, she gave a lecture on these subjects at the prestigious Explorers Club in New York...
  • I have witnessed the end of those who harassed the worshipers of God~Constantine's letter to Shapur

    04/06/2019 9:38:03 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 39 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 4/6/19 | Florentius
    Among the remarkable documents found inserted into the 4th century AD work known as the Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine by Eusebius Pamphilus, one of the most intriguing is a letter penned by Constantine himself to Shapur II, the young king of Persia. The reliability of this document is fairly well established. A detailed scholarly discussion of the authenticity, dating, and purpose of this letter may be found in this excellent article by David Frendo. In his Vita of Constantine, Eusebius introduces the letter as follows: The king of the Persians also having testified a desire to form an...
  • Extravagant burial estate, ancient village discovered in Jerusalem

    04/02/2019 10:19:18 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Mar 2019 | UPI
    Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of ancient agricultural village in east Jerusalem, including an extravagant burial estate, olive press and ritual baths. The archeological evidence was dated to between 140 BC and 37 BC, situating the ancient village within the Hasmonean period. It was during the Hasmonean dynasty that Jerusalem assumed its geopolitical primacy.
  • Monument Offers Clues to Size of Cleopatra’s Unwieldy Ships

    04/01/2019 7:22:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Thursday, March 28, 2019 | editors
    A new study of a monument built in Greece near the city of Nicopolis to commemorate Octavian’s victory over Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and her Roman lover, Mark Antony, in the Ionian Sea at the Battle of Actium has provided new information about Cleopatra’s fleet of warships, according to a report in The Independent. The monument once featured bronze battering rams set in well-fitted niches that had been taken from 35 of the 350 ships captured by Octavian during the battle. Recent excavation and measurement of those niches has allowed archaeologists to calculate the size of the timbers that held...
  • Shipping Stone [Byzantine wreck, 150 tons of stone aboard]

    04/01/2019 6:34:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | September/October 2018 | Ilan Ben Zion
    Nearly 1,500 years ago, a Byzantine merchant ship swung perilously close to the Sicilian coastline, its heavy stone cargo doing little to help keep it on course. The ship's crewmen were probably still clinging to the hope that they could reach a safe harbor such as Syracuse, 25 miles to the north, when a wave lifted the vessel's 100-foot hull and dashed it on a reef, sending as much as 150 tons of stone to the seafloor. The doomed ship was carrying a large assemblage of prefabricated church decorations -- columns, capitals, bases, and even an ornate ambo, or pulpit....
  • Ancient Garbage Heaps Show Fading Byzantine Empire Was 'Plagued' By Disease and Climate Change

    04/01/2019 6:21:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    LiveScience ^ | March 25, 2019 | Mindy Weisberger
    Archaeologists recently investigated accumulated refuse in trash mounds at a Byzantine settlement called Elusa in Israel's Negev Desert... trash disposal -- once a well-organized and reliable service in outpost cities like Elusa -- ceased around the middle of the sixth century, about 100 years prior to the empire's collapse. At that time, a climate event known as the Late Antique Little Ice Age was taking hold in the Northern Hemisphere, and an epidemic known as the Justinian plague raged through the Roman Empire, eventually killing over 100 million people. Together, disease and climate change took a devastating economic toll and...
  • 100 Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions Found at Amethyst Mining Site

    04/01/2019 4:16:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 26, 2019 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists have uncovered more than 100 ancient inscriptions carved into rock at Wadi el-Hudi, where the ancient Egyptians mined amethyst. In addition to the carved-rock inscription, the researchers also found 14 stele (inscriptions carved on a stone slab or pillar) and 45 ostraca (inscriptions written on pieces of pottery). Analysis of the newfound inscriptions is underway. So far, archaeologists can tell that many of the inscriptions date back around 3,900 years, to a time that modern day archaeologists call the "Middle Kingdom." Many of the ostraca date back around 2,000 years, to around the time that Rome took over Egypt....
  • Pompeii ‘fast food’ bar unearthed in ancient city after 2,000 years

    04/01/2019 8:38:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 106 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 27, 2019 | Amgela Giuffrida
    A well-preserved frescoed “fast food” counter is among the latest discoveries unearthed by archaeologists in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. The 150 or so thermopolia, or snack bars, dotted across the city were mostly used by the poorer residents, who rarely had cooking facilities in their home, to grab a snack or drink. Typical menus included coarse bread with salty fish, baked cheese, lentils and spicy wine.
  • Cadbury pulls ad campaign that 'advocates looting' [UK metal detecting]

    03/27/2019 1:34:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Monday, March 18, 2019 | Matthew Weaver
    Cadbury has temporarily pulled its "real treasure hunt" ad campaign after archaeologists and the government accused it of advocating looting. The Treasure Island ads encouraged children to "grab your metal detector and go hunting for Roman riches", but failed to warn that digging without permission is illegal. It suggested a number of sites across the UK and Ireland where "treasure's fair game". The confectioner took the online ad site down on Monday after being inundated with messages from archaeologists who described the campaign as "irresponsible" - a view endorsed by the government. The arts minister, Michael Ellis, said the ad...
  • March 23, AD 536 ~ Mutiny of Justinian's Army in Africa

    03/23/2019 10:09:36 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 14 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | Florentius
    After his stunning re-conquest of Roman north Africa, and destruction of the Vandalic kingdom, Belisarius returned to Constantinople late in AD 534. He left prematurely because a conspiracy had sprung up accusing him of seeking to usurp the imperial power and set himself up as king of Africa. To defuse suspicion, he packed up his household and returned to the capital, his ships laden with the Vandal royalty as captives and the legendary Vandal treasure. Once in Constantinople, Belisarius received a traditional Roman triumph. But while the imperial court celebrated, the situation in Africa deteriorated. Belisarius had left his former...
  • Constantine's Vision of the Cross ~ Early Accounts and Backstory

    03/19/2019 7:07:09 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 13 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 10/27/17 | Florentius
    Constantine's great victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge took place on October 28, AD 312. The day before — October 27 — is the date traditionally given for the miraculous vision and dream which Constantine experienced prior to the battle. This vision has been the subject of debate in both scholarly and popular imagination for hundreds of years. But what really happened on that day 1,705 years ago that changed forever the course of human history? As a prelude to the famous accounts of this vision, it should be noted that Constantine also seems to have had pagan...
  • The Serious St. Patrick

    03/17/2015 8:26:46 PM PDT · by LT Brass Bancroft · 2 replies
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | March 15, 2015 | Father George W. Rutler
    Maewyn Succat did not have an easy time embracing the Faith. Although his father Calpurnius was a deacon, Maewyn indulged a spirited youthful rebellion against what he had been taught, and it was only after being kidnapped by superstitious people called Druids that he realized the difference that Christianity makes in the souls of men and the character of cultures. This was in the fifth century, and Maewyn, probably born in the Cumbria part of England near the Scottish lands, was roughly contemporary with the bishop Augustine in North Africa who watched the decay of the Roman Empire. Maewyn eventually...
  • Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick

    03/17/2016 4:56:31 AM PDT · by 2banana · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | March, 2016 | David Kithcart
    Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick Before all the festivities focused on shamrocks and leprechauns and good luck wishes, there was truly something to celebrate: a man willing to stand in the gap for Jesus Christ. It was an act of defiance that changed the course of a nation. Patrick lit a fire in pagan 5th century Ireland, ushering Christianity into the country. Who was this man who became the patron saint of Ireland? Ireland was a beautiful island shrouded in terrible darkness. Warlords and druids ruled the land. But across the sea in Britain, a teen-ager was poised...
  • Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

    03/17/2015 3:07:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kevin J. Jones
    St. Patrick, as seen in C.E. Kempe's stained glass in St. John the Baptist parish, Burford, UK. Credit: Lawrence OP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery. “The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at Catholic University of America’s...
  • In honor of St. Patrick's Day, lets remember captives and slaves

    03/17/2014 12:06:49 PM PDT · by eccentric · 4 replies
    vanity ^ | March 17, 2014 | Linda Martinez
    . In honor of St. Patrick's Day, lets remember captives and slaves whose sacrifice made ours lives so much better. Many don't know that Patrick was NOT Irish. He was born in Scotland and captured by the Irish when he was a teenager. Then he spread Christianity to the Irish. In the Bible, Joseph's brother's sold him into slavery. When he was later able to save his family, he told them, "What you meant for evil, God meant for Good." Thousands of years later, Squanto was captived by Europeans and taken away. Years later, after learning English, he made his...
  • Apostle to the Irish: The Real Saint Patrick

    03/20/2006 6:23:45 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 44 replies · 1,017+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 17, 2006 | Charles Colson
    If you ask people who Saint Patrick was, you’re likely to hear that he was an Irishman who chased the snakes out of Ireland. It may surprise you to learn that the real Saint Patrick was not actually Irish—yet his robust faith changed the Emerald Isle forever. Patrick was born in Roman Britain to a middle-class family in about A.D. 390. When Patrick was a teenager, marauding Irish raiders attacked his home. Patrick was captured, taken to Ireland, and sold to an Irish king, who put him to work as a shepherd. In his excellent book, How the Irish Saved...
  • The real Saint Patrick in his own words

    03/16/2019 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 13 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 3/17/13 | Florentius
    Who was Saint Patrick? Well, for starters, he wasn't Irish. He was born a Roman (Patricius) during the days when Britain was cut off from the empire immediately before the final collapse of Roman power in the west. Though not born an Irishman himself, Patrick had a deep and abiding love for the Irish and dedicated his life to bringing them to Christianity. Amazingly, two works written by Patrick have come down to us from antiquity. The first is his Confessio, which was written about AD 450 under obscure circumstances. Following is an excerpt from this document, where Patrick tells...
  • Ancient Egyptian mummy genomes suggest an increase of Sub-Saharan African ancestry in post-Roman...

    03/10/2019 4:37:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Nature ^ | 30 May 2017 | Verena J. Schuenemann, Alexander Peltzer, et al
    Until now the study of Egypt’s population history has been largely based on literary and archaeological sources and inferences drawn from genetic diversity in present-day Egyptians. Both approaches have made crucial contributions to the debate but are not without limitations. On the one hand, the interpretation of literary and archaeological sources is often complicated by selective representation and preservation and the fact that markers of foreign identity, such as, for example, Greek or Latin names and ethnics, quickly became ‘status symbols’ and were adopted by natives and foreigners alike. On the other hand, results obtained by modern genetic studies are...