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I have spent the last week on a Cicero marathon - reading many of the works I have always intended to but never quite got round to. A genuine pleasure, but a distinct highlight was reading Plutarch's Life of Cicero,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bread & Circuses
It doesn't really need repeating, but Neil MacGregor's Radio 4 show Germany: Memories of a Nation is superlative on many levels. It is both pleasurable and essential listening. Although the focus of the series is the past six hundred years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Just a brief thought on finance secretary John Swinney's 2014-15 budget which was unveiled yesterday. A good summary is in the Scotsman this morning. I thought it worthwhile to have a look at the SNP's intentions towards heritage in general... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
In January AD362, soon after the Emperor Julian had entered Constantinople as the formal successor to Constantius II, he started to trim back the excesses of court. What prompted this was a haircut. Soon after his arrival in the city,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A lovely profile in the Guardian this morning of Plebs, the very, very funny sitcom set in Ancient Rome, which for viewers in the UK, starts again on Monday: As with those shows, you might even accidentally learn something about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A story at the BBC that a number of artefacts, including an iron javelin head, the remains of a Roman boot, samian pottery and tile fragments, have been found at Wellington Bridge near Kirkton in southern Scotland. The pieces were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Finally this story has made it to the English press. A long piece in Science Daily about the discovery: In the course of an educational dig in Gernsheim in the Hessian Ried, archaeologists have discovered a long lost Roman fort:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I posted last week that a long-sought for Roman camp has been found in Gernsheim, in the south of the state of Hessen. The dpa story was tantalising, but inevitably brief. The Echo has a much longer piece with many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Much in the German news that a long-sought for Roman camp has been found in Gernsheim, in the south of the state of Hessen. It dates to the middle of the first century - AD40-70-ish. The dig continues until 5... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I was a fan last year of a new Roman comedy series called Plebs on ITV2. A new series was recommisioned last summer, but I hadn't heard much since. The waiting is over. A new trailer is out and it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Cheers for commenting. It is interesting to see the view from the other side, as it were. My comments were all details - your main point that anything that makes a journalist's life easier leads to better coverage, is absolutely spot on. Sadly it is often missed. A personal bugbear - that you did mention - is press releases without an email/phone number on them. Grrr.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on Archaeology and journalism at Bread & Circuses
I have intended to write on the topic of archaeology and journalism for far too long and inevitably, or perhaps more accurately because there was no immediate deadline, it has never materialised. A post that touches on the subject is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I occasionally write what I refer to as Murdoch Retirement Fund posts, aka when my father has a new book out. I would urge all readers to go and buy the first English translation of Walter Flex’s The Wanderer between... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I posted a lot about The Last Legion when it was in production. I had great hopes. The book was entertaining and the cast was pretty good. More to the point it is not often that films about Romulus Augustulus... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
The former Rolling Stone was a friend of Tony Clunn, the amateur archaeologist and former British army who found the site of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. On his website he remembers him. Read the article here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Light relief for Friday. A nice bit of Arminius lunacy, if that is not too harsh a word, from The Roanoke Times. A retired soldier has had a cast iron, life size statue of Arminius put in his back garden:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
News just in. Tony Clunn, the former British army major and amateur archaeologist, who finally pinpointed where the Battle of Teutoburg Forest took place, has died at the age of 68. There will be a great deal in the (German)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Bar Hill is not only the highest fort on the Antonine Wall, it is arguably the most impressive. Built by the Legio II, Legio VI and Legio XX, the walls of the praetorium are clear, as is a well at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I haven't posted one of these for a while. Seabegs Wood is not normally at the top of the list of Antonine Wall sites, but it has its own charms. Although there is a fortlet that was excavated in 1977,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Several of the German papers are carrying a dpa report about the new season about to begin at the oldest Roman camp in Germany. Excavations kick off on 28 July. The camp was built in the aftermath of Caesar's Gallic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
An article in The Voice of Russia reports that a follis of Constantine has been found in the northern Russian city of Veliky Novgorod. Well-preserved, it appears to have been a memento from a pilgrimage to Constantinople. Oleg Oleinikov of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
It will definitely be interesting to see what happens.
A good deal in the press, both German and English, about the discovery of one of the earliest Roman military camps in the Carnuntum on the Danube east of Vienna. The archaeologists at the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Virtual Archaeology believe... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
The first gold coin ever found has been uncovered at Vindolanda. Although it was found in the late fourth century level, it is an aureus of the Emperor Nero. From the press release: The Roman site of Vindolanda, with an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A useful online tool, from Marjorie Burghart, for those working on manuscripts. Her programme Enigma makes life considerably easier: Enigma helps scholars to decipher Latin words which are difficult to read in medieval manuscripts. It is sometimes impossible to decipher... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Bread & Circuses