Today in Ancient History

In 109 A.D. The emperor Trajan staged a naval battle. In 304 A.D. The martyrdom of Athenodorus. »

Today in Ancient History

509 BC On the Ides of September the temple of Jupiter on Rome’s Capitoline Hill was dedicated. »

Today in Ancient History

9 September 9 Arminius’ alliance of six German tribes ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. »

The Syrian closed currency system in the Roman empire

“Most researchers believe that Egypt was the only closed currency system in the Roman world, e.g. a system in which the fluctuation of currency is restricted due to strict governmental control. In actual fact, there is another well developed closed currency system in the east, the provinces of wider Syria. The local silver coinage, the tetradrachm, was used exclusively in the markets of the Syrian cities. Their complete absence from excavations in neighbouring Asia Minor and Cyprus is prom... »

Asia Minor Epigraphy

“Anatolian society: a joint conference, July 11-12, 2011 As previously announced, the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and Monumenta Asia Minoris Antiqua projects are holding a joint conference in Oxford on July 11-12, 2011. Please note that the venue is now Wadham College. The theme on July 11 will be Naming in Anatolia and on July 12 Roman Phrygia. Details of speakers and topics follow below. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend, but we would ask those planning to do so to inform M... »

Tribute to Kenneth Dover

“Stephen Halliwell gave a lecture on “Kenneth Dover and the Greeks” in London at the invitation of the Hellenic Society last Monday. You will be able tofind the text of the lecture online by going to the following webpage then scrolling down to Activities and Awards and clicking on ‘Kenneth Dover and the Greeks’, where a pdf link will be visible... »

The Roman Monetary System

Because of radical changes in my life, it has been almost a month since I posted anything in my blog. My fighting spirit seems to be returning with a vengeance and I am preparing myself for several worthwhile debates. One piece of news that may interest you is the publication of my monograph on The Roman Monetary System. The book has been published by Cambridge University Press in February but I had a chance to look at it only last week. The description at the back of the cover seems to be accur... »

Learn how to study inscriptions!

“Classics Subject Centre Practical Epigraphy Workshop for University Lecturers/Postdoctoral staff 12-14 April 2011 Classics Centre/Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford A Practical Epigraphy Workshop is taking place for those who are interested in developing hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material (Greek and Latin). The workshop is aimed at lecturers in post and postdoctoral status academics in UK HE institutions, whether or not they have previous experience of epigraphy. With... »

Bacchae in Manchester

“A bold new version by Mike Poulton Conceived & Created by Mark Bruce and Braham Murray ‘You want to spy on the mysteries of the Bacchae?’ The new god Dionysus arrives in the city of Thebes – his birthplace – where Pentheus, the iron-willed leader of the city, refuses to recognise his divinity. Dionysus decides to show both him and the people of Thebes what it will mean to deny his power. He starts with the women, transforming them into the Bacchae… Euripi... »

Clash of the Titans

If you enjoyed the movie, you can now attend the conference. In fact, you can attend it even if you thought that the movie was not up to the usual Hollywood standards! There is no doubt on my mind that the papers will be far more interesting and thought provoking. Read the details here: “In the week of its official DVD release, the Classics Department at the University of Leeds is pleased to ‘Release the Kraken’ with a half-day colloquium on Leterrier’s Clash of the Titan... »

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