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Roman Archaeology: October


Yeah.  It’s been a while.  I picked a horrible, horrible time to start writing about the virtues: I have been swamped with schoolwork.  Senior year in college, yay!…?

No.  Not “yay”.  More of an “ohmygod thisismylastyear whatamigoingtodoafterthis?!”  Because after May of 2013, I’m done with being an undergraduate.

And, apparently, I have to wait a year to go to graduate school.  Senior project not done for the Fall semester = no graduate application until the NEXT Fall semester!  Sooo…I get to do archaeology for a few months.  Maybe.  And spend the rest of that time learning Italian.

So anyway.  Sorry to bother you with this brief insight into my personal life.

In addition to missing the virtue posts, and the pagan blog project posts, and pretty much everything else, I missed the archaeology post for October.

I’ll get started on that right now – taken from this thread at The Cauldron forum (thanks Aisling!).  For those who aren’t so interested in archaeology, bear with me – a non-archaeological post should be up soon.


  • The poisonous purple snake that the natural historian Aelian describes as being extremely venomous has been discovered!  And, fortunately, it is a very rare snake.  That lives in southern Asia.
  • really cool article (with pictures!) on the cave tunnels at Baiae.  These were used by the Cumaean Sibyl and were thought to be an entrance to the underworld.
  • Scientists think that they have found the exact spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated.  But really, they’ve known the general area of it for years so, nothing too knew here.
  • Two Roman shipwrecks – one from the early Empire, the other from about the 6th century CE – have been discovered off the coast of Turkey.
  • Four tomb raiders lead authorities to a previously-unknown sanctuary of Juno.
  • A Roman cat (the animal, not a hipster) discovers a 2,000 year old catacomb system.
  • A one-of-a-kind ceramic lamp in the shape of a dog’s head is found in a a bath complex in ancient Deultum, in Bulgaria.
  • The ancient Romans loved their orchids.
  • And, finally, an interesting article on female oracles.

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