The Roman way of death

From Leithart.com

It's just a resume of a review of a book, but includes:

Feldherr is reviewing Catherine Edwards’s recent Death in Ancient Rome (Yale), which argues that Romans considered death a contest and a victory rather than a defeat. As Feldherr says, “The identity of winner and loser that results from claiming death as a contest becomes a perfect figure for the paradox that it takes a Roman to beat a Roman. And it is in this context that suicide, the most immediately active form of death, becomes a particularly Roman art, epitomizing, but also displacing, the events of the battlefield.”

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Roman curse – of the emperor – found

From the Guardian.

Some 1,650 years ago someone was so comprehensively fed up with the state of the Roman empire that they committed an act of treason, blasphemy and probably criminal defacing of the coinage. They cursed the emperor Valens by hammering a coin with his image into lead, then folding the lead over his face.

The battered scraps of metal discovered by Tom Redmayne, an amateur metal detector, in a muddy field in Lincolnshire are a unique find.

Read the rest and see a photo.

Painted statues, by Mary Beard

See her blog here.

Several of the examples posted on this blog in December 2004 are used to illustrate her piece.