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  1. How did Romans of the First Century CE make purchases with large sums of money? If, for example, a landowner in Spain wanted to purchase fields from someone in Italy, how would the transaction take place? Would the buyer send someone ladened with gold to Italy to make settlement on the property? Or did the Romans have something equivalent to a bank check?
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    Ancient Rome Live Website

    I enjoyed the videos. Darius Arya, cofounder of the American Institute for Roman Culture, is the host and voice of the audio visuals. More are forthcoming at http://www.ancientromelive.org/locations/?utm_content=buffere06f5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer The Rome’s enduring contribution to world civilization can, and should, be communicated in a way that combines the hard facts, solid reasoning, and new discoveries of university research with the excitement and immediacy of on-location filming in Rome. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Ancient Rome Live (ARL) is an immersive journey that provides new perspectives about the ancient city. A multi-platform learning experience, ARL first and foremost presents original content: a clickable map of ancient Rome a library of videos arranged according to topic live streaming from sites in Rome and her empire. ARL provides an interactive platform to engage the many layers of Rome: monuments, people, places, and events. Ancient Rome Live is a valuable resource for teachers- and a lot of fun for anyone interested in history. Later in 2015 ARL will release an ebook, app, and free online course. WIth all of these new, coordinated formats, ARL will change the way ancient Rome is studied. Darius Arya, Archaeologist and TV host, Founder, director, producer
  3. http://romanculture.org/cultural-heritage/watch-list/ The Save Rome watch list serves to describe in real time the condition of many of the monuments (big and small) in the city and environs, categorizing them into 2 (non-comprehensive) categories: Urgent: condition requires intervention in the near future Critical: condition requires immediate intervention to avoid catastrophic deterioration It is the hope and intention that this list, with commentary, photos, and video, will stimulate discussion and new ideas in the current environment in which the city and the state are formulating new solutions and looking for innovation, not just in Rome but on a global level. As long-time residents in Rome, we are pleased to offer our insights, and we look forward to your comments. The American Institute for Roman Culture
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    Here's an interesting blog article on the issue of Caesarion's paternity, reputed offspring of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar: 'Son of the avenging god, Chosen by Ptah, Dispenser of the justice of Ra, Living power of Amun' proclaims the translation of Caesarion's Egyptian name, Iwapanetjerentynehem Setepenptah Irmaatenra Sekhemankhamun. Sadly, Caesarion, Ptolemy XV, known by his Greek subjects as Ptolemy Caesar, did not live to dispense justice or avenge the death of his father. He was executed by his father's adopted son, Octavian, who would become the Roman emperor Augustus. Of course, with literally the control of the Roman World at stake, Caesarion's actual paternity, needless to say, was much disputed by some ancient Romans, probably fueled by Octavian's robust propaganda machine. for more: http://romanpresentations.blogspot.com/p/roman-times.html
  5. Prince's Palace Found in Volcanic Crater : Discovery News The skeletonized body of an Etruscan prince, possibly a relative to Tarquinius Priscus, the legendary fifth king of Rome from 616 to 579 B.C., has been brought to light in an extraordinary finding that promises to reveal new insights on one of the ancient world
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    Liberalia for a fatherless boy?

    I'm not an expert on this topic, but wouldn't the location of Anatolia (where Turkey is now) mean that Greek customs would prevail, not Roman? Unless, of course, your boy's family were descended from Italian colonists.
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    Why Latin died out

    Here's the first page of a language study of the Vindolanda tablets. You'll have to pay a fee for the entire study. Perhaps your public library or university can get it for you gratis. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/301059?uid=3739808&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104220384973
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    Why Latin died out

    What has survived of written documents is almost entirely literature, philosophy or oratory. There's one ancient novel,Petronius' 'Satyricon,'that has a section, the "Cena Trimalchionis," which reveals what Romans may have sounded like. Check out Wikipedia and google for more details. The problem with Latin writing and writings of other ancient peoples is that most of the populations were illiterate. What we have tends to be away from the languages of the masses. We don't have much in the way of written documents that are informal: notes jotted down on the spur of the moment, personal letters that were never meant for publications (as in the case of Cicero's), comments on mundane things such as the weather and "what do you think of my new toga?" But there is an exception: Luckily this intriguing discovery is adding to our knowledge of Latin language use on a personal level, the Vindolanda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vindolanda_tablets Here we have a party invitation written in the hand of a woman and requests for woolen clothing from a British outpost at Hadrian's wall. And much, much more. Fascinating! A broader explanation of Vulgar Latin: http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Article/520463
  9. OmnesViae: Roman Routeplanner http://www.omnesviae.org/
  10. Viggen, I think that you have to imagine the length of the trip.
  11. I will be in Sicily next week. Anyone with experience visiting the 4th CE Imperial Villa site? I'm wondering if there's been any recent archaeology news? What's not to miss at Piazza Armerina? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Romana_del_Casale
  12. This is a new source for me of titles, among other items, of classical works whose texts are lost. With such a large number of entries, the work of translating and investigating these is still ongoing. From Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suda The Suda or Souda (Greek: Σοῦδα) is a massive 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, formerly attributed to an author called Suidas. It is an encyclopedic lexicon, written in Greek, with 30,000 entries, many drawing from ancient sources that have since been lost, and often derived from medieval Christian compilers. The derivation is probably[1] from the Byzantine Greek word souda, meaning "fortress" or "stronghold," with the alternate name, Suidas, stemming from an error made by Eustathius, who mistook the title for the proper name of the author. From: Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography: http://www.stoa.org/sol/ The Suda is a massive 10th century Byzantine Greek historical encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, derived from the scholia to critical editions of canonical works and from compilations by yet earlier authors. The purpose of the Suda On Line is to open up this stronghold of information by means of a freely accessible, keyword-searchable, XML-encoded database with translations, annotations, bibliography, and automatically generated links to a number of other important electronic resources. To date over 170 scholars have contributed to the project from eighteen countries and four continents. Of the 30,000-odd entries in the lexicon, over 25,000 have been translated as of this date, and more translations are submitted every day. Although our work is not done, you can already browse and search our database of translated entries, and you can use the tools we offer to do things like search for Greek words in the entire text of the Suda. You are also welcome to apply to become a contributor yourself, either as a translator or as an editor (or both). More on that below. For more information about the project, you can read this article, originally published in Syllecta Classica 11 (2000) 178-190, as well as this article by Anne Mahoney. You can also read this brief history of the project. From: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Suda The Suda is somewhere between a grammatical dictionary and an encyclopedia in the modern sense. It explains the source, derivation, and meaning of words according to the philology Philology Philology considers both form and meaning in linguistic expression, combining linguistics and literary studies.Classical philology is the philology of the Greek, Latin and Sanskrit languages... of its period, using such earlier authorities as Harpocration Harpocration Valerius Harpocration was a Greek grammarian of Alexandria, probably working in the 2nd century CE. He is possibly the Harpocration mentioned by Julius Capitolinus as the Greek tutor of Lucius Verus ; some authorities place him much later, on the ground that he borrowed from Athenaeus... and Helladios. There is nothing especially important about this aspect of the work. It is the articles on literary history that are valuable. These entries supply details and quotations from authors whose works are otherwise lost. They use older scholia to the classics (Homer, Thucydides, Sophocles, etc.), and for later writers, Polybius
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    Agora, The Film

    "Agora" is playing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I went to see it yesterday. I'm not expert in late Roman Egypt, but I was puzzled by all the Egyptian architecture and art in the Library of Alexandria complex. Wasn't Alexandria founded as a Greek city? Otherwise, I found the scenic elements very well done and was enthralled by the satellite images of the delta and the fly-over photography of the city. The Library and city appear from the start a bit damaged and uncared for. I appreciated this realistic touch.
  14. http://news.national...man-christians/ From the National Geographic Society News Ancient bones found in an Italian cathedral may be those of Saints Chrysanthus (foreground) and Daria. It appears that the extensive study confirmed the couple's social class via evidence of significant lead poisoning. Only the rich had home access to the municipal plumbing system.
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    Roman Table manners in Trajan era

    caldrail, Thanks so much for sharing this information from Martial and Diodorus. You are a good example why UNRV is an important resource for discussions on all things Roman. Access to and skill in using primary sources, e. g. those you cite above, make the difference between uneducated "here's my two cents" and genuine scholarship.
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    Roman Table manners in Trajan era

    I agree. Makes no sense to damage chattel thereby making it unsellable. I'm trying to locate that passage in Lancon. Hoping it includes a footnote. I agree. Makes no sense to damage chattel thereby making it unsellable. I'm trying to locate that passage in Lancon. Hoping it includes a footnote. Here's from Lan
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    Intact Royal Etruscan Tomb Unearthed

    If fantasy provides the funding for this dig, all the better. Right?
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    Roman Table manners in Trajan era

    I agree. Makes no sense to damage chattel thereby making it unsellable. I'm trying to locate that passage in Lancon. Hoping it includes a footnote.
  19. Two features of this book are its very readable translation from the Italian and its Eastern European sources, many of which are Armenian.
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    Roman names

    Philadelphia is where my "domus" is.
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    Roman names

    I'm doing a presentation on the recently discovered tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, confidant of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (and inspiration for the movie The Gladiator). How do I refer to the occupant of the tomb? M. Nonius Macrinus, M. Nonius, M.? It's quite a long name. Any suggestions?
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    Roman Table manners in Trajan era

    I hear that this class of slave wore the master's name branded on the face. Only in late antiquity did the practice of hot iron branding end or so I read in Bertand Lan
  23. So the longer period rings true for you. Interesting. Take your liquids and get some rest. I think you'll like the article.
  24. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21538969 Important new finds on the Arabian Peninsula push back horse culture 3,000 years: "While archaeologists and other experts have held that horses were first tamed and exploited by man some 6,000 years ago in west Kazakhstan, experts are now starting to consider whether both location and date should be revised in light of these remarkable finds."