5.01.2015

Today In 305: Maximian Abdicated

... as augustus in favour of Constantius Chlorus, and retired to southern Italy. He later made a come-back with his son Maxentius, although their civil war ultimately failed.

They are both linked to the villa at Piazza Armerina - see here - and it seems likely to have dated to the period during which he retired.




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Today In 305: Galerius Became Emperor





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4.16.2015

Today In AD 69: Otho Died




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4.12.2015

Today In 467: Anthemius Became Emperor




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4.11.2015

RIP Nimrud

This time the destruction is total, the site leveled by explosives.

Today in 145: Septimius Severus Born

He was born in North Africa, but to a Roman family that had settled there - this has led to him being labelled an African emperor, and discussion of his race. I've discussed the only surviving painted portrait of him here: PhDiva: Ancient Painted Portraits 101. Whether his skin was depicted darker because of his race or because it was the convention to depict men as darker than women I will leave up to the reader.




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4.08.2015

British Museum: MacGregor Out

British Museum - Neil MacGregor to step down:

Neil MacGregor to step down as Director of the British Museum at the end of 2015

Today In 217: Macrinus Became Emperor




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Today In 217: Caracalla Died

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia Regum Britanniae 5.2–3 Caracalla was a king Britain. According to Caracalla himself, he was the new Alexander the Great, hence his plans to invade Parthia. According to the Romans around him he was ... put it this way, he was assassinated.



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4.04.2015

Happy Passover!

ISIS at Hatra

A month or so back the Iraqi Minister of Culture was making wild claims ISIS had destroyed various archaeological sites including Hatra. That was wild propaganda, but ... well it unfortunately put ideas into the heads of ISIS and became a self-fulfilling prophecy and this video was released overnight:



The ISIS propaganda video of the damage at Mosul Museum was framed more as a sermon against icons, whilst this one is designed to look more like a video game. The damage is bad, and obviously in an ideal world archaeological sites would not be damaged, but this is the work of a few men and damage not complete inihilation.

4.01.2015

3.26.2015

Today In 121: Marcus Aurelius Born




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3.25.2015

Archaeology Beefcake

The Tumblr might have vanished, but someone on Twitter dug up this via the WaybackMachine ... ;-)



Archaeology Beefcake



Katerina Peristeri Lecture in London

Amphipolis: The Excavations of the Casta Tomb: “Amphipolis” The Excavations of the Casta Tomb

An illustrated lecture in English by Katerina Peristeri, head Archaeologist of prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Serres, Macedonia, Greece.

Free entry; booking essential by 14 May on 07904 086677 or at sec@macedonia.org.uk.

Organised by the Macedonian Society of Great Britain.

Hellenic Centre, Great Hall,
16-18 Paddington Street,
London W1U 5AS