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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
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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
An interesting article in Thelocal.de frames support for Germany in the World Cup in terms of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest - the idea that Germany might win football because it has a history of seeing off the toughest of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I was having a chat with the perennially delightful Sarah Bond earlier in the week about how late antiquity has gone mainstream. Proof positive is the way that the Financial Times covered Tesco earnings last week. The supermarket's figures were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Riding for the Disabled is a very good thing indeed. The British charity has been helping more than 30,000 people every year for the past 40 years. Convicted fraudster Bill Roddie, on the other hand, does not comes across as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
I tend to forget how long it takes between filming and when a show actually appears. I had a great deal of fun last August shooting the Roman segment of a documentary with Pioneer Productions called Secrets of Underground London... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
To my mind there is no rhymn nor reason about which archaeological discoveries in Germany get picked up by the British press. The Battle on the Harzhorn has had pretty much no coverage in English at all, even though the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Pleased to see that the discovery of a significantly sized Roman camp in the central German state of Thuringia is getting some English coverage. A good overview by Andrew Curry: Archaeologists have confirmed the presence of a long-lost Roman military... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is the way that Arminius was co-opted as the poster boy for German nationalism. The Landesmuseum in Detmold had an exhibition last year called "Arminius, Thusnelda und... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A great deal in the German press about the discovery of a signficantly sized Roman camp in the central German state of Thuringia. The 18 hectare camp was found near Kyffhäuser. Frustratingly it is yet to be dated - first... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
My latest piece for IFR Reuters on how Greece can hope to finance itself: Greek fire is one of the most fabled of Greek scientific discoveries. Developed in the seventh century by a certain Callinicus, it was an incendiary weapon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Apologies for the recent lack of blogs and tweets. A current new work project leaves little time for anything else. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A thoughtful piece in the Irish Echo by Peter McDermott who complains about Mayor Bill de Blasio's attempts to rid Manhattan of horses and references the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. He also says some nice things about book: The animals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
There is a good piece in tomorrow's Guardian about the authenticity of the Warren Cup in the British Museum: On Wednesday, 15 years after the British Museum bought the Warren cup for £1.8m, it was denounced by a highly respected... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
To continue the mini-series on classically themed beer, today's IPA comes from the Russian River Brewing Company in California. So committed is it that the brewery had a Pliny the Younger festival in February. Anyway, it sells two IPAs. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
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To add some critical balance to yesterday's post about Arminius beer, here is the counter for those who prefer their pint more imperial, more Roman. It is the Caesar Augustus IPA from William Bros Brewing Comany in Alloa. And it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
If you go to Park Kalkriese in Germany, you can buy an Arminius beer, but as far as I know, this is the first time a US brewer has decided to make one. The August Schell Brewing company in New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Today's Herald has a brief note confirming that the long-planned merger between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS will go ahead: Two of Scotland's main heritage bodies are to merge, it has been confirmed. The Scottish Government published a strategy document for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
An interesting article in Current Archaeology by Andrew Selkirk about whether Julian the Apostate was the classical answer to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher: In the late 20th century, a British prime minister looked at her country, saw that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
Douglas Boin in the New York Times has an op-ed piece this morning talking about papyrus, provenance and looting. The Sappho story has died down in recent weeks, but remains important. As Boin notes: In eagerness to add lines of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Bread & Circuses
A very kind interview by Hamish Hutchinson about Emperors of Rome, my book on the seventy-eight Roman emperors who ruled in the West, from Augustus to Romulus Augustulus: Murdoch told the Advertiser, “If you’ve ever done history at school it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Bread & Circuses