Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Nuntius 2013-01-02

Here are the Roman Archeology news found today:

The regional imperial cult in the Roman province of Dalmatia

English: Bust of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus ...
Bust of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Octavius
The provincial imperial cult was organized in the territories of Hispania Citerior (Tarraconensis), south-west Germania and Illyricum, thus in those provinces in which major wartime gains and conquests were achieved precisely by the cult’s founders, Gaius Julius Caesar and Octavian Augustus. Of the three districts (conventi) recorded in the province of Dalmatia, the archaeological remains indicate official worship of a regional imperial cult within the Scardona conventus, and probably within the Salona conventus as well.

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 2
Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting! Meanwhile, I'm slowly but surely adding poster images and English translations over at the Brevissima blog.

Prof Mary Beard's 'Roman view' of new year
The Cambridge Classics don, Professor Mary Beard, gives an ancient Roman view of the new year season.

Late Roman Peasants
One of the best things about the holiday break is that I can make a small dent in my almost endless reading list. First on this list was Cam Grey’s Constructing Communities in the Late Roman Countryside (Cambridge 2011). This book continued a useful trend in the study of Late Antiquity by investigating economically marginal groups that scholars have traditionally overlooked.

Vin Diesel Says A Studio Is Interested In Making His Hannibal Trilogy
It was in the spring, earlier this year, when Vin Diesel posted the above image on his Facebook fan page, with no accompanying words. At the time, we weren't sure if it really meant anything, other than to point out the fact that it's his "Dream" project, as the image suggests.

Basilica from the time of Constantine the Great found at Sofia’s Serdica West Gate

Archaeologists in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia have found a basilica said to date from the time of emperor Constantine the Great in the area of the West Gate of Serdica, as the city was known in Roman times.
The basilica is 27 metres wide and about 100m long, according to Yana Borissova-Katsarova, head of research at the site. It featured multi-coloured mosaics. Further exploration of the find will be difficult because of its location under the modern city.

Venus in a Bikini
The latest celebrity trend seems to be posting bikini shots on Twitter. I've already posted about the Piazza Armerina girls (left and here) and the leather bikini bottoms at the Museum of London (here), but there are a few more images of Roman bikinis ...

Roman bikini 4
Roman bikini