Another take on the Rome theme park

From the San Francisco Chronicle

a safe bet that there are dozens of ancient Rome-themed attractions
around the world, from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to the Neptune pool
at Hearst Castle. Soon there may even be one in, well, Rome.

officials in Italy’s capital say they want to build an ancient Rome
theme park on the outskirts of the Italian capital to boost declining

The aim is to offer a “family friendly entertainment park,” Mauro
Cutrufo, the deputy mayor, told the Times of London. “Our model is
EuroDisney in Paris.”

Cutrufo says the park would focus on the history and monuments of
ancient Rome and would be similar in size to the Disney park in Paris.

Officials said the park – including rides through a replica of the
Colosseum with gladiator combat as the emperor looks on – could bring
an extra 3 million people a year to the Eternal City, the Times

Planners predict it would occupy 300-400 hectares (750-1,000 acres) and take three to four years to build.

Cutrufo said Thursday that city politicians will debate the plan
after studies have determined how much interest there might be. He says
Rome saw a drop of at least 5 percent in tourist numbers in August
compared with last year.

The Times reported also that plans 10 years ago for a similar theme
park called Roma Vetus, featuring two-thirds scale reproductions of the
Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon, was due for completion by
2000 – and has yet to be constructed.

– Chronicle Staff and News Services

Fenland events

From the Hunts Post

FRIDAY BRIDGE: Meet the Romans, look at and handle some real ancient
Roman artefacts, Tower Hall (1.30-3.30pm, free no need to book). – this Tuesday

CHRISTCHURCH: Meet the Romans, look at and handle some real ancient
Roman artefacts, Community Buildings, Crown Road (10.30am-12.30pm, free
no need to book). – this Wednesday

Historical re-enactments coming to Lanark

From The Scotsman, about various historical re-enactments on Lanark racecourse this weekend. No link for details, I’m afraid.

Welcome to Scotland’s National Living History Festival where giant
catapults fire grapefruit and a fearsome Viking called Thorgunna is, in
fact, a friendly compliance officer called Gail….

Thousands of members of the public are expected to step back in time
and visit a mock-up street populated by Romans, who originally settled
in the Lanark area around 79AD and who will also demonstrate their
legendary military might. The Vikings, who settled in the Clydesdale
area from about 950, are represented by an encampment of more than 50
tents, as well a replica Viking longship….

Ancient Rome theme park

Italy (AHN) – Roman officials are planning to build an Ancient Rome
theme park to bring back tourists to the Italian capital.

the recreation center would be similar in size to the Disneyland in
Paris, its focus would be on the history and monuments of old Rome,
said Rome Deputy Mayor Mauro Cutrufo.

Read the rest

The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel

There’s a review in the Daily Telegraph, headed

Sex, shopping, love and violence – it’s all classical fictional fare, says Tibor Fischer.

That gives you the flavour. I hope there’ll be a serious review somewhere.

Newcastle sarcophagus opened

From the Press and Journal. There is a picture.

Ancient coffin gives glimpse of Roman times

Published: 16/08/2008

INTO THE PAST: Archaeologists lift the lid of the Roman-era sarcophagus

Archaeologists opened a 1,700-year-old coffin lid yesterday and found the decayed remains of a middle-aged person who lived during the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.

The find in Newcastle city centre of two sandstone sarcophagi believed to belong to the same family was one of the most important in the area for a century.

The coffins were buried side by side and were thought to be powerful people from the adjacent walled fort of Pons Aelius, whose West Gate was just yards away, overlooking a section of the River Tyne close to where the city’s railway station stands.

Richard Annis, from Durham University, said the contents of the coffin had not lasted well since the 4th century.

The coffin lid was not sealed shut and, over the intervening 1,700 years, water has seeped in and eroded the contents. The teeth were still visible, as the enamel is strongly resistant to erosion, and they were relatively well-preserved, so probably from

a middle-aged person.

Mr Annis said: “That was a thrilling moment. The more burials you do, the more you get used to the mechanics of dealing with the remains, but there is still a human context to your reaction.

“We are looking at the bones of an individual and you can see them as a whole person.”

The site was being investigated before it was turned into a modern office block.

When the other coffin was opened previously it contained the poorly preserved skeleton of a child, aged around six, which was submerged in water and sludge.

The head of the child appeared to have been removed and placed elsewhere in the coffin, which was an unusual but not unknown practice in Roman times.

In 1903 two sarcophagi were found nearby, so archaeologists were confident there was once a cemetery there.