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Lecture series on the ancient world at University of Southern California and Getty Villa

VCAW-IMI (Visual Culture of the Ancient World & International Museum Institute at USC) will present a lecture series dealing with the ancient world in March and April 2010. The lectures will take place at USC and at the Getty Villa.

Alexander the Great's Linen Armor

Researchers have found that Alexander the Great probably wore armor made of laminated linen fabric, rather than metal, and that the multiple glued layers functioned similarly to modern flak jackets.

Grammar of medieval and early-modern Greek subject of major study

A major multi-year study, five years underway, seeks to provide the first detailed grammar of the 3400-year-old Greek language as it evolved from 1100 to 1700 CE.

Hear the Oxyrhynchus Hymn

Gregorio Paniagua and the Atrium Musicae de Madrid has recorded The Oxyrhynchus Hymn, "the earliest known manuscript of a Christian hymn - dating from the 3rd century AD - to contain both lyrics and musical notation." The re-creation has been posted on YouTube.

The treasures of Greek Istanbul

Many of the treasures of historic Istanbul, Turkey find their origins in their Greek past. Kristian Kamp of Today's Zaman looks at the Greek and Byzantine heritage of the city on the Bosporus, from its earliest days as the town of Chalcedon to its heyday as the Byzantine center of the Christian church.

Golden Dwarf

The Golden Dwarf is a seller of quality renaissance, medieval, and pirate clothing, costumes, garb, armor, weapons, and accessories for LARP, Reenactment, Ren-Faires, and SCA.

[GLE] Slay the Hydra

Come with us as we celebrate an ancient time. The time of the gods. A time of myth and legend. As we celebrate the mighty civilization of the Mediterranean. Compete in the Greek Olympias. Slay the deadly Hydra to hear your name echoed threw the ages. Win the favor of Zeus by collecting the tokens of the gods. Compete in Gladiator combat to win your freedom.

Cooking with the ancients

Looking for ideas for a new appetizers? Try a recipe from the past - way past - with The Philosopher’s Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the Modern Cook by Francine Segan.

Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America is a web site devoted to scholarly research of the medieval period. They offer a magazine, Speculum, which has been published since at least 1975. There is a searchable index of articles if you are interested in a particular subject.

[OUT] A Weekend at the Florentine Camerata

The year is 1573 in Bella Firenze. Giovanni d'Bardi, Count of Vernio, formally invites you to the Court of the Florentine Camerata, hosted in the artistically fertile lands of his dear friends, Byarki and Asta, the Baron and Baroness of Caer Galen. The great minds and most august men (and women) of Florence will be there assembled in order to restore to glory the great art and music of ancient Greece.

"Dead Parrot's" early ancestor discovered

A 4th century Greek ancestor of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" has been found in a joke wherein "a man complains that a slave he was sold had died." The joke, translated from the Greek, is from Philogelos The Laugh Addict.

Mojo cursed in ancient Cyprus

A 7th century curse inscribed on a tablet has been found by archaeologists working near Limassol, Cyprus. The inscription curses the sexual prowess of men and may be linked to the island's pagan past. PG-13.

Clothing: a great communicator from the past

Classical Studies professor Kelly Olson believes clothing can help modern people understand what was important to people from the past, and has n almost limitless potential for communication and encapsulated cultural anxieties and values.”

12th century Cypriot monastery excavated

The excavation of a 12th century Georgian monastery in Paphos, Cyprus is bringing residents of the Mediterranean island and the country of Georgia together, according to reports from the Cyprus Mail. Hope is that the Monastery of Panagia Chrysogialiotissa will become an important archaeological site and tourist attraction.

Princeton acquires Sarmas Collection

Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has acquired the Sarmas Collection of coins from 13th-14th century Greece. The 800-coin collection will "help researchers deepen their knowledge about a period of Middle Age history that has been little understood by scholars."

Errant Knight Jewellery

Errant Knight offers stunning hand-made authentic artefact replicas including court belts, sword and armour belts and jewelry. All items are thoroughly researched to ensure historical accuracy.

Dating tips from Zeus, King of the Gods

In an April, 1999 issue of The Onion, Zeus, King of the Gods, offers dating tips on handling the ladies such as "Today's Women Don't Like It When You Come To Them As A Bull Or Swan."

2,400 Year-Old Royal Mask Found in Bulgaria

Archaeologists in the village of Topolchane, Bulgaria have unearthed artifacts of gold, silver and pottery dating back to the 4th century B.C.E., including a golden mask.

Spartans on a plane

OK, it's out of our time period and politically-incorrect in so many ways, but oh, is it funny! 300 Spartans on a Plane!

Star Wars mythology finds roots in ancient Greek and Roman tales

Carl Rubino, a classic professor at Hamilton College, feels that classical themes are the basis for the popular Star Wars movies, a concept he explains in an upcoming History Channel documentary Star Wars: Legacy.

2,700-Year-Old Fabric Found in Greece

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered a rare 2,700-year-old piece of fabric inside a copper urn from a burial they speculated imitated the elaborate cremation of soldiers described in Homer's "Iliad."

Work of Aristotle, Archimedes Discovered Behind 10th-12th Century Manuscript

Writings by the Greek philosopher Aristotle have been discovered on the Euchologion (or Archimedes Palimpsest) beneath the 10th-12th century prayers written upon the parchment.

Understanding of "distant past" key to modern civilization

Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire defends classical education in an article for Britain's The Guardian. Holland feels the study of the Greeks and Romans is necessary to understand modern democracy.

Oxford to open new centre for Classical and Byzantine studies

Thanks to a donation of more than UK£1 million from the Ioannou family, Greek Cypriots, Oxford University in England will open a new center for Classical and Byzantine research and study.

Study claims "dead languages" detrimental to modern language learning

A recent "secret report" by the Dearing Languages Review in Great Britain warns that the study of ancient languages may be detrimental to the study of modern languages because they "contribute nothing to 'intercultural understanding'."

Odysseus's Home Identified?

British researchers believe that boreholes and seismic imaging prove they have pinpointed the homeland of Homer's hero Odysseus.

Scientists at last understand ancient calculating device

After many years of study, scientists at last can fathom the works of a calculating device from ancient Greece, which some researchers consider more valuable than the Mona Lisa due to its unique historical value.

"The 300" Chronicles Spartans Battle at Thermopylae

In March 2007, 300 will open in theatres. The movie, based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City), chronicles the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, when 300 Spartans led an army of 5,000 against the Persian army of two million and held them off for a week.

Rome -- the Eternal Source Material

An entertaining new essay by Allan Massie explores the continuing fascination of Rome for fiction writers and moviemakers -- and their audiences.

Nano-Grecian Formula One?

New research by French scientists seems to suggest that the techniques used by Greeks and Romans to dye their hair had results in common with today's nanotechnology and were comparable to modern products.