Friday, July 3rd
Mitochondrial DNA taken from the remains of Bronze Age Etruscans, and people who lived in the Tuscan region during the Middle Ages, have been compared to samples from the modern Italian population. Scientists did not find a clear genetic link between current Tuscans and the Etruscans, but did find a link between medieval and modern populations.
Friday, June 19th
The oldest image of the Christian St Paul the Apostle has been found on the walls of the Catacomb of Santa Tecla in Rome, according to Vatican archaeologists. The image dates to the late fourth century AD. Church tradition holds that Paul was first buried in a catacomb on the Via Appia, before being moved to the Basilica of St Paul.
Tuesday June 16th
Excavations in Pozzuoli (outside Naples) have reportedly yielded twelve marble Roman sculptures (including a head of the emperor Titus), columns, and fragments of monumental inscriptions.
Sunday, May 3rd
Rome's extensive underground maze of Christian, Jewish, and pagan burial sites, known as the Catacombs, will now be fully documented in 3D, following a three-year mapping project using laser scanners.
Wednesday, April 29th
Conservators have reassembled a Roman millefiori bowl found in a 2nd-3rd cent. AD burial. The glass dish, the first of its kind to be excavated in western Europe, is giving a fresh insight into the life of Roman London.
Recommended ONLINE RESOURCES
The Rome Project (web resources listed according to category - literature, military, archaeology, political, general, philosophy, drama, religion, search engines, and maps):
Illustrated History of the Roman Empire (interactive maps, reference articles, and other useful guides):
Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors:
Portrait Gallery of Roman Emperors:
Roman Government (cursus honorum):
-- Computer Restoration (ca. 400AD) - 3D representation of the Forum monuments, interior and exterior; an exciting access to results of the Rome Reborn Project:
-- Clickable Map of Roman Forum (with links to articles/pictures of various monuments - names given in Latin!): http://www.vroma.org/~forum/forum.html
Introduction to the Roman Calendar:
Private Life of the Romans (online version of the 1932 book by H.J. Johnston, still a comprehensive and useful source of information on dress, food, occupations, money, etc.):
Roman Food (with links to festival days, ingredients, and four recipes at the bottom of the page):
Pompeii in Pictures (photographic plan of the entire city, in its excavated extent):
Roman Building Technology and Architecture (excellent resource, with photographs from across the empire, on Roman concrete, roads, bridges, water supply systems, etc.):
Extra Credit Assignment:
WATCH these TWO EPISODES FROM "Lost Worlds: The Roman Empire" DOCUMENTARY series. cONSIDER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:
hOW WAS rOMAN POWER A PROCESS OF INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLES IN THE PROVINCES?
rESPOND TO THIS QUESTION USING EVIDENCE FROM THE VIDEO. yOur response essay should be written in paragpaphs, one page single-spaced. You can hand in the assignment at any point up to Saturday', August 15th, 2pm.
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