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Maia Atlantis: Ancient World Blogs - http://planet.atlantides.org/maia

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    An ancient theatre in what was formerly the Greek city of Smyrna (Turkish İzmir), built during the Hellenistic period, is currently being excavated by a team from Dokuz Eylül University (DEU). Credit: AAThe excavations have reportedly unearthed sections of the cavea (ie. the semi-circular bank of seating) resting on the slopes of Mount Pagos (Kadifekale today). Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, the head of the excavations, Akın...

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    Study of animal bones from the late Bronze Age has helped scientists in Denmark to make new discoveries about the domestic cat. Skull bones from Viking (upper right corner) and modern Danish (lower right corner) house cats show how cats have grown over 2000 years [Credit: Anne Birgitte Gotfredsen]Domesticated cats have become around 16 percent bigger since they were first introduced to Denmark, according to University...

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    Argentine paleontologists unveiled on Wednesday the replica of a 65-million-year-old skeleton of a plesiosaur marine reptile found in a Patagonian lake in 2009. A reproduction of the skeleton of a 65-million-year-old plesiosaur marine reptile discovered in cretaceous rocks in Argentine Patagonia [Credit: Javier Gonzalez/AFP]"We've been working since 2009 until now to liberate the fossil from the rock surrounding it, making a...

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    A new study claims that underneath a mountain in Indonesia lies the world’s oldest pyramid. The site, Gunung (Mount) Padang, is a hill with abundant archaeological evidence. But the new study claims that the hill is in fact a layered series of ancient structures dating over 10,000 years back. An aerial photograph of Gunung Padang, Indonesia [Credit: Danny Hilman Natawidjaja]The study was carried out over several years and researchers...

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    Un paper di Markus Pöchtrager, Gudrun Styhler-Aydın, Marina Döring-Williams, Norbert Pfeifer della TU di Vienna propone nuove metodologie per la pianificazione del riuso, manutenzione e restauro di strutture storiche in legno, tramite un'analisi architettonica e strutturale esaustiva delle condizioni attuali. 


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  • 12/20/18--23:35: PACATVM REGET ORBEM

  • [Captura de la Epifanía figurada en el sarcófago romano de Castiliscar (Zaragoza), del siglo IV d. C., tomada del modelo 3D del monumento, realizado por Pablo Serrano y anotado por el autor de este blog para el Museo Virtual de Los Bañales]

    Iam noua progenies caelo demittitur alto.
    Tu modo nascenti puero, quo ferrea primum
    desinet ac toto surget gens aurea mundo (...)
    Si qua manent sceleris uestigia nostri,
    irnita perpetua soluent formidine terras.
    Ille deum uitam accipiet diuisque uidebit
    permixtos heroas et ipse uidebitur illis
    pacatumque reget patriis uirtutibus orbem.

    "Ya del cielo desciende una estirpe nueva / Al niño que va a nacer, con quien se acabará primero la generación de hierro / y surgirá luego la de oro en todo el mundo (...) Si aún perduran huellas de nuestro crimen / borradas ésas liberarán la tierra del temor continuo / Él vivirá como los dioses mismos y con ellos verá a los héroes confundidos / y él mismo les parecerá un dios / y gobernará el universo pacificado por las virtudes paternas"

    Este extracto de la égloga IV de las Bucólicasde Virgilio, lo hayas leído en Latín (texto latino completo aquí: Verg. Buc. 4, vv. 7-9 y 13-18) o en castellano (en la clásica traducción de Miguel Antonio Caro) causó furor en su día en la exégesis cristiana llegando a interpretarlo el emperador Constantino, según cuenta Eusebio de Cesarea (Vit. Const. 1, 181-192), como un signo de la presencia de evidencias de la Revelación divina en un escritor pagano, el propio Virgilio, que la habría compuesto hacia el 40 a. C., un asunto sobre el que, de hecho, existe no poca bibliografía (véase, por ejemplo la síntesis que hace del asunto J. L. Vidal en la edición de las Bucólicas de la Biblioteca Clásica Gredos -1990, pp. 119-133- o la que vuelta esta entrada, Christian interpretaions of Virgil's Eclogue 4, de la Wikipedia inglesa). No es para menos, desde luego, pues su sola lectura nos evoca a todos -sí, todavía a todos, creyentes o no, ahí está el poder evocador de los Clásicos y el mensaje universal de la Navidad- el sentido principal de la Navidad que, contra lo que pudiera parecer hoy no es ni la fiesta de la solidaridad -ni tampoco la del consumismo- ni la fiesta de la familia. Es, sencillamente la fiesta de un Dios hecho hombre que entra en la Historia -esa que tanta presencia tiene en este blog y por la que sentís pasión todos los que os pasáis por aquí- y, borrando las huellas de nuestro pecado -como con mucha gracia ha recordado en estos últimos días el viral y muy recomendable vídeo de Bethlehemian Rhapsody- abre un nuevo tiempo en el que Él, además, está llamado a reinar con todo el mundo, además, en paz. 

    Siempre me ha asombrado que, efectivamente, en la tradición cristiana, la verdadera plenitud de los tiempos representada por la Encarnación del Hijo de Dios- coincida con el reinado del emperador Augusto -algo sobre lo que ya hablamos y reflexionamos en alguna vieja felicitación de Oppida Imperii Romani (pincha aquí)- momento en que, efectivamente, como reza el pregón de la Misa de Nochebuena, toto orbe in pace composito, "todo el mundo estaba ordenado en paz" (idea que también alumbró otra vieja felicitación de nuestro blog). Estos días, por tanto, en todo el mundo, celebramos un acontecimiento real, histórico, que ha cambiado -seguramente como ningún otro- el curso de la Historia. Ojalá todos sepamos estar a la altura de la magnitud de esa celebración no sólo en estos días sino... ¡siempre!

    ¡Feliz Navidad y excelente 2019 para todos los lectores de este post, y, en especial, para los seguidores de Oppida Imperii Romani! Los que nos seguís de hace tiempo ya sabéis que esta felicitación navideña siempre cierra con música. Este año elegiremos la versión del clásico "tamborilero" que -bajo el título "Little drummer boy"- hace algunos años hicieron, desde la soleada California, las Wilson Phillips, hijas de Brian Wilson, de los Beach Boys, y de John Phillips, de The Mamas and the Papas. Seguro que os emociona pues destila espíritu navideño desde el primer acorde (pincha aquí). Espero que sea así y que resulte una buena sintonía para esta Navidad que deseo sea la mejor de todas las Navidades.



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    The Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio US  has signaled a new direction in its approach to collecting antiquities by hiring Seth Pevnick as its new curator in charge of ancient Greek and Roman art (Steven Litt, Cleveland Museum of Art hires Seth Pevnick as ‘profoundly ethical’ curator of ancient Greek and Roman art  The Plain Dealer Dec 20th 2018). The Museum has had a number of problems with dodgy antiquities including an ancient Roman marble portrait head of Drusus Minor bought recently. Pevnick is described as:
    "a curatorial sleuth well versed in researching the provenance, or ownership history, of ancient artworks. [...]  the museum values his deep background in education and archaeology and his ability to forge partnerships with source countries.[...] Pevnick has a PhD. in archaeology from the University of California Los Angeles  [...] Pevnick embodies the museum’s desire to find “someone who would be profoundly ethical and well-versed in these issues and would share our aims in acquiring only objects that would be problem free.”
    Most interesting of all the museum spokesperson and Pevnick said that they’d like to see the Cleveland museum organize a symposium on its ancient bronze Apollo said to have been found in Leutwitz, Germany, purchased in 2004. The collecting history received from the dealer does not bear scrutiny and has never convinced anyone, and involves obvious contradictions (easy enough to check). Also, if what I have been told is true, the Museum first misrepresented what was known about the solder uniting the sculpture with an old base (in Leutwitz?) and then suppressed the results of new analyses.
    “I hope we’ll be able to do a symposium,” Pevnick said. “That’s part of what a museum is all about - having intellectual discourse.”
    Indeed it is, something that Cleveland has  paid only lip-service to in the past, even since William Griswold became director in 2014, replacing the director, David Franklin, running the museum when it was bought (after certain allegations emerged about his personal life).


    UPDATE
    I was amused by this tweet that raises an interesting substantive issue:

    1. It made me wonder about degrees of ethics - profoundly ethical, a little ethical, mildly ethical. Interesting wording.


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    Enclosed herewith is a leaflet about the publication of The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 1 (2018), including the table of contents of the first issue number as well as a subscription form.

    The Journal now welcomes articles written in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish for the issue number 2 (2019). Articles submitted for publication in JES 2 (2019) should be sent by March 15, 2019 to: jes@libraweb.net. ​

    More details about subscription, the submission procedure and the editorial rules are accessible through: www.libraweb.net

    Table of contents – subscription form JES 1 (2018)

    The post Publication of The Journal of Epigraphic Studies 1 (2018) and call for papers appeared first on Current Epigraphy.


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    Review of Francesco Berardi, La retorica degli esercizi preparatori: glossario ragionato dei Progymnásmata. Spudasmata, 172. Hildesheim; New York: 2017. Pp. 346. €58,00. ISBN 9783487155951.

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    Review of Clare Coombe, Claudian the Poet. Cambridge: 2018. Pp. xii, 242. £75.00​. ISBN 9781107058347.

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    Review of Thibaud Lanfranchi, Les tribuns de la plèbe et la formation de la République romaine, 494-287 avant J.-C. Bibliothèque des Écoles françaises d'Athènes et de Rome, 368. Roma: 2015. Pp. xi, 822. €60.00 (pb). ISBN 9782728310913.

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    Review of Caroline Vout, Classical Art: A Life History from Antiquity to the Present. Princeton; Oxford: 2018. Pp. xiv, 362. $39.50. ISBN 9780691177038.

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    MAKING MONEY
    How to find treasure (but avoid prison)
    Amateur treasure hunting is booming, but the rules are complicated, find Sam Brodbeck and Sam Barker
    Jane Sidell, inspector of ancient monuments, tells Sam Brodbeck how to treasure hunt
    Who hasn’t dreamed of stumbling across a priceless piece of treasure that not only turns you into an overnight millionaire but secures your place in the history books? Amateur treasure hunting has never been more popular. Metal detectors can be bought for as little as £20 online, while television programmes such as Detectorists, written by The Office star Mackenzie Crook, has brought the joys of digging around in mud to a new audience.
    And the PAS has done its bit too.  And of course they will be reacting to this article, will they not?


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    Hobby collecting
    Heritage Action share the news ('Heritage Journal helping conservation abroad?' Heritage Journal 16th Dec 2018) that a foreign archaeologist has asked to republish the chart from one of their 2014  articles.  Let’s hope it’s widely read elsewhere. And how many British archaeologists have already asked their permission to use it in their deep reflections on their role in encouraging the preservation of the archaeological record from wanton Collection-Driven Exploitation? Has it reached double figures yet?

    One of the views in the disturbing survey of British archaeologists' views on the consequences for the archaeological study of the past of the impending Brexit (only 8% voted for it) includes the view that amonge the reasons for the (apparently) dismal prospects of archaeology in the immediate future because of this action is that:
    "Archaeology is perceived by thepublic as a hobby rather than contributing to the benefit of community (paradoxically all the outreach with schools, open days etc which are so popular probably reinforces this view)- in that respect we're light years behind environmentalists"
    Thank the PAS for that, too. The PAS has done untold damage to British archaeology - "they created an (intellectual) desert and called it Partnership"


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    Enclosed herewith is a leaflet about the publication of Jes 1 (2018), including the table of contents as well as a subscription form.


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    Seth Pevnick will be moving from Tampa to the Cleveland Museum of Art where he will be the curator of Greek and Roman Art (Steve Litt, "Cleveland Museum of Art hires Seth Pevnick as ‘profoundly ethical’ curator of ancient Greek and Roman art", cleveland.com 20 December 2018).

    One of the acquisitions that will need to be addressed is the "Leutwitz Apollo". The modern history of the monumental bronze does not seem as secure as it has been presented by the museum (see here). It is time for some of the analyses to be made public and open to debate.

    The case of the acquisition of the portrait of Drusus Minor is, perhaps, illustrative of the museum's policy towards acquisitions in recent years (see here).

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    In a sermon towards the end of 2015, the (now former) pastor of my church encouraged us to do what the disciples are depicted as doing in the early part of the Gospel of John: tell our story. It had been a long while since I’ve done so here, and so I thought I’d seize the opportunity. […]

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