Round-up of what came up while I was on holiday

Stolen bust of Lucius Verus found.


Juvenal on Radio 3

(too late to hear live, but Wilf O'Neill probably has recorded them)


The Romans came to Castleford on Saturday.
Billy Flood, Edward Johnson and Martin Hutchinson, pictured, joined the first Romans Spring Festival in the former mining town, which can trace its history back to Roman times. It featured craft and market stalls, Roman legionaries and re-creations of life during Roman times. An important settlement was created by the Romans on the River Aire where Castleford stands today. It consisted of a civilian settlement around a military fort.

Yorkshire Post – with photo


Valens coins found in Egypt Reuters


Roman traffic regulations


Robert Harris and Cicero, from The Times


Two reviews in The Times
(Headed 'Wife-beating in ancient Rome' and filed under 'Entertainment' – The Times' view on wife-beating?)

Sarah B. Pomeroy
A case of domestic violence in antiquity
249pp. Harvard University Press. £16.95 (US $24.95).
978 0 674 02583 7

Caroline Vout
289pp. Cambridge University Press. £50 (US $96).
978 0 521 86739 9


HE was many miles from home – a Roman soldier posted to Manchester, perhaps feeling cold and lonely, longing for loved ones left behind.

Manchester Evening News on an altar found, with good pic.


Virtual Pompeii from the BBC – thanks to Will Griffiths for the link


Observer on the Gladiator sandal,,2272060,00.html

See my lecture on Roman footwear!


This is Gloucesterhire

History fans have been invited to enjoy 2,000 years of Gloucester's past.This Saturday and Sunday will see a vast array of entertainment and attractions come to Gloucester.

Scenes from the English Civil War, Romans, Victorians and even Vikings will be on show at the Cathedral and Docks, and visitors will have the opportunity to take part in medieval circus skills, Roman military drills and archery.


Lingua Latina vivit! For those who are convinced Latin is a dead language, the new Certamen Latin Team at Choate hopes to breathe new life into classical studies.

The News