Aeneid 12 context questions

More help for the busy teacher – Alison Henshaw has added more context questions for A level candidates to our resources – thanks, Alison.

You will find the portal to the password-protected resources here.

Report on the Dorchester Roman Day

From the Dorset Echo. I note that this is to be held every two years. Click link for two pictures.

By Dee Adcock

ROMANS marched through Dorchester to launch a two-day festival that captured life in the town nearly 2,000 years ago.

Shoppers and visitors watched in amazement as the re-enactment group
Legio II Augusta set out from Dorchester’s Roman Town House and through
the town centre to Maumbury Rings where they set up camp and welcomed
young recruits.

The town’s amphitheatre once again became the focus for Roman-style entertainment including marching and games.

Hungry Romans of all ages enjoyed a hog roast at the site.

The festival continued with workshops at Dorset County Museum where
children could try their hand at weaving and making Roman bullas –
lucky charms – and where renowned historical author Lindsey Davis gave
a talk about her popular Roman detective novels.

Attention was focused on the Roman Town House on Sunday for a Roman extravaganza.

The re-enactors staged living history displays to show domestic
skills in cooking, medicines, toys and midwifery as well as talking to
visitors about what life was like for soldiers, slaves and aristocrats
in Roman times.

The day also included storytelling, archaeology and advice on finds from a Portable Antiquities Scheme expert.

Mayor of Dorchester Kate Hebditch said: “What have the Romans ever done
for us? Well, they’re largely responsible for the shape of our town –
the Walks mark the line of the Roman walls. Their mosaics have been
found all over Dorchester and visitors come from far afield to see the
Roman Town House.

She added that she was delighted to welcome the Romans back to Dorchester.

The festival featured Roman music and walks tracing Dorchester in the days when it was known as Durnovaria.

Dorchester’s Roman Festival was funded by the Lottery Awards for All
and supported by West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council,
Dorchester Town Council, the Dorchester joint heritage Committee and
Dorset County Museum.

The organisers plan to develop it into a major Roman weekend event in the town every two years

‘Pagans’ protest in Athens

I wonder how pagan they are. Do they hold regular sacrifices, for instance. Still, they managed a newsworthy protest.

from the Guardian

Thrusting their arms skywards and chanting Orphic hymns, Greek
pagans yesterday made a comeback at the Acropolis as they added their
voices to protests against the imminent inauguration of the New
Acropolis Museum.

Ignoring a sudden rainstorm and irate
officials, white-clad worshippers gathered before Greece’s most sacred
site and invoked Athena, the goddess of wisdom, to protect sculptures
taken from the temples to the new museum. It was the first time in
nearly 2,000 years that pagans had held a religious ceremony on the
site.

“Neither the Romans nor the Ottomans or any other
occupational force ever took anything from this holy site,” said Yannis
Kontopidis, one of the high priests who officiated over the affair.

“It’s
scandalous that antiquities of such value, carved in honour of Athena,
should be wrested from their natural environment and moved to a new
locale.”

Not since Pericles oversaw the construction of the
Parthenon had any of its classical artworks been officially removed –
until last year, when thousands of items were transferred by crane to
the New Acropolis Museum beneath the citadel.

The £94m glass and
concrete edifice, designed by the Swiss-American architect Bernard
Tschumi in collaboration with Greece’s Michalis Photiadis, has divided
Greeks.

Supporters praise its cavernous space and have claimed
the building will offer better protection of the antiquities and a
superior viewing space for spectators, who previously had to negotiate
the confines of a tiny museum atop the hill.

Government
officials said its opening later this year should end the British
Museum’s argument that Athens has no place decent enough to house its
classical artworks, including the Parthenon sculptures on display in
London since Lord Elgin seized them from the temples more than 200
years ago.

An Ipsos-Mori poll, conducted before the new
museum’s inauguration, recently showed that 69% of Britons believed the
marbles should be returned to Greece.

However, opponents,
including architectural purists, have argued that the new museum
insults Greece’s cultural heritage, it being in the wrong location and
far too big in grandeur and scale.

Yesterday’s ceremony
represented a major coup for Greek polytheists whose faith, which is
described by the powerful Orthodox church as a “miserable resuscitation
of a degenerate dead religion”, has long been banned in the country
that gave birth to the gods of Mount Olympus.