May. 13th, 2008


A Brief Explaination of Roman Houses

I posted some of my notes on my personal journal, and [info]aristoboule suggested I posted it here. There are some other essays and discussions on this journal, on various topics.

First of all, some terms:
Atrium: a front room, containing a pool in the centre
Fauces: a front entrance hall
Tabliunum: open sided room between atrium and peristyle
Peristyle: a columned porch or open colonnade surrounding a courtyard
Insulae: Either an apartment block, or a block surrounded by streets
Domus: town house or villa owned by the wealthy.

Revision Notes & Pretty Pictures )

Apr. 30th, 2008


Stolen artifacts being returned to Iraq

From CNN:

Iraqi authorities welcomed back 701 ancient artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The pieces, some up to 5,000 years old, were plundered in the chaotic aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion and eventually seized from traffickers in Syria.

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The article's kind of lame (what do you want, it's CNN) but it's still good news!

Apr. 9th, 2008


AP Latin Literature Exams Cancelled

Though this is a bit off-topic, I thought it warranted mention here since Latin is often a requirement for Classical/Mediterranean art history, history, and archaeology majors. AP Latin Literature exams have been cancelled, and the American Classical League is fighting it, though I'm not sure how successful they'll ultimately be. The Italian, Computer Science, and French literature exams have also been cancelled as well due to low student/teacher interest.

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Mar. 26th, 2008



(Thank you to [info]aristoboule for approving icon posts here.)

I've made a few icons that might of interest to community members.



(Link to 19 icons, total, in my graphics IJ)

Mar. 23rd, 2008


Athenian Agora Books

It's been a while since I browsed around, but the ASCSA site has an excellent list of all the published and soon-to-be-published Athenian Agora volumes online here.

From the site:
Excavations in the civic and cultural center of classical Athens began in 1931 and have continued almost without interruption to the present day. The first Athenian Agora volumes presenting the results of excavations appeared in 1953 and, as scholars complete their research, further titles continue to be published. Each volume covers a particular chronological period, set of buildings, or class of material culture. The series includes studies of lamps, sculpture, coins, inscriptions, and pottery. Because most of these ancient finds can be dated stratigraphically, these typological catalogues are invaluable reference works for archaeologists around the Mediterranean.

Jan. 16th, 2008


New excavation in Iraq

Iraqi archaeologists excavate new sites and find ‘rare’ artifacts

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Dec. 31st, 2007


Point Barrow Discoveries

There is an on-going dig at the tip of Point Barrow, Alaska, where an ancient cemetery is eroding into the sea at the rate of about 20 metres per year. The salvage archeology has produced some very interesting results, as described in a BBC article.

Dec. 25th, 2007


Imhotep's Tomb Found?

This week's issue of the Scottish periodical, The Sunday Post, reports that a Scottish archaeologist may have found the tomb of Pharoah Djoser's great architect.

Dec. 22nd, 2007


Pompeii Fresco Exhibition

An exhibit of frescoes from Pompeii has opened in Rome, and highlights of the show can be seen on the BBC web page, Here. Since these frescoes are fragile, it's unusual to see them outside of their local area.

Dec. 21st, 2007


800 Year Old Ship

There is an item on the BBC website about an 800 year old ship that was just raised from the South China Sea. It was a loaded merchant vessel and should prove enlightening about sailing ships of the day, as well as providing a fascinating cache of interesting objects.

Dec. 19th, 2007


Fakery Begins at Home

There is a fascinating article called "Fake It Till You Make It" in this week's Newsweek, about three Brits named Greenhalgh (son and parents) who have been turning out fake art work and antiquities for at least twenty years. (They were nabbed because of errors on a cuneiform tablet.) The amazing thing is the versatility of this little family. They faked everything from Brancusi to an Amarna princess, and untold numbers of their pieces have made it into some of the world's best-known museums. Here's the article about their fakes!

Dec. 12th, 2007


Greek Workers Strike, Protest Pension System Reform

The strike has affected archaeological sites as well, full text behind the cut.

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Cross posted to [info]greece.
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Aug. 27th, 2007



If you'd like to introduce yourself to the community, find common interests, or even perhaps a new friend, do so here! This is completely optional, but I thought it might be a fun (and interesting!) thing to do. There's also a post like this over at [info]greece, if you're interested!

As for me, I go by [info]aristoboule, Artemis, Aristoboule, or Elliemun (RP, you see) online. I'm not actually Greek myself, but my first trip there was in 1993 for a Classics program in college. I spent a month there the first time, and couldn't even read Greek let alone speak it, but hey, fun times! I spent every summer somewhere in Greece up through 1997, either in a program (such as the American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Seesion) or digging at a site (Isthmia and the Athenian Agora). I met my husband while digging at one site, and ironically, we're both originally from Ohio -- go figure! I spent three weeks at a site in Western Turkey as well, though for architectural reconstruction rather than actual excavation. I've also been to Egypt, and visited the pyramids at Giza, Luxor, Karnak, Kom Ombo, Abu Simbel, Esna, Edfu, Deir el-Bahri, Saqqara, and Memphis (okay, and some other places too) but never excavated there in any capacity.

I've left the field, though I still have an interest in it and try to keep up with new developments and discoveries as well.

So, how about you?


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