Augustine, the Romans and the Jews

The Globe and Mail has a thought-provoking review of Paula Fredriksen’s latest work, Augustine and the Jews.

“Fredriksen teaches us that the real complaint of such Romans was not with regular, affable Roman Jews [... but ...] with newfangled Christian Jews creating social instability.”

Read on.

Good reason for Getty generosity

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The J. Paul Getty Museum said Tuesday it is returning a piece of a 1st century Roman fresco to Italy.

The 35-by-31-inch fragment of a landscape fresco was donated to the museum in 1996.

It shows two painted panels, bordered in red and gold, which depict several Roman buildings in a cityscape.

Rebecca Taylor, a spokeswoman for the J. Paul Getty Trust, said the museum noticed last year that it matched another piece of a wall painting that a private collector was returning to Italy.

Taylor says experts decided the two fragments came from the same fresco and Getty officials decided to return their piece.

The fragment has been removed from display and will be sent to the Italian Ministry of Culture in May, the museum said.

Taylor says the piece wasn’t a highlight of the museum’s collection.

The Getty has returned more than three dozen ancient artifacts that Italy claimed were looted from archaeological sites. But Taylor says the wall fragment is not believed to have been looted.

‘Eagle of the Ninth’ director relaxed about historicity

In this interview with the Orlando Sentinel, director Kevin Macdonald discusses his forthcoming production of Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ and its tenuous relationship to the actualité.

Go Roman in Exeter

Easter family fun in Exeter (From This is The West Country)

* Wednesday, April 8: Romans at Home. Explore Roman home life. Craft activities theme, such as mosaics and artwork.. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy; people taking part are advised to wear old clothes. RAMM in the Library, Castle Street, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, free

* Thursday, April 9: Romans on the march. Talk to a Roman soldier about his kit and make a mini army or some Roman armour. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy; people taking part are advised to wear old clothes. RAMM in the Library, Castle Street, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm, free

The Cambridge News reports on Sancton Wood’s success

From the Cambridge News

Sancton Wood school, in St. Pauls Road in the city centre, has won first place in the city wide Latin Play Competition for the fourth year running.

In a competition which featured St. Mary’s, Perse Boys, Parkside, Coleridge, Comberton and the Perse Girls, Sancton Wood also scooped a prize in the Latin Reading Competition when Emily Atkins (Year 8) was placed second out of twelve competitors.

Judge John Stevens, Classicist, and Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education said,” It was richly deserved. The Sancton Wood play was performed with supreme confidence, the pronounciation was very beautiful and you felt as if you were really there in Ancient Rome.’

The year 8 Sancton Wood team was coached by teachers Michelle Holman and Russell Lord.

The play, a version of the Pyramus and Thisbe story, was performed by 13 Year 8 pupils who have been studying Latin for the last two years.

They had to perfect a first century Latin accent and then learn their roles by heart.

Slideshow of Caesar exhibition in Rome

The New York Times has a short slideshow of sculpture to be seen at the current exhibition GIULIO CESARE L’uomo, le imprese, il mito at the Chiostro Del Bramante in Rome.

Twitter curriculum

Strange bit of news here.

Ministers forced into history climbdown over plans for Twitter curriculum
Ministers have performed a climbdown over plans to overhaul the primary schools curriculum by intervening to protect the teaching of history alongside lessons on how to use the social networking website Twitter

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