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Maryemm

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« Reply #960 on: December 02, 2016, 11:18:42 AM »
Oh dear! That means I wasted 30 minutes of my life!   :O(

Maryemm

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« Reply #961 on: December 23, 2016, 05:44:22 AM »

Restoring a Roman Villa to its former glory
Butser Roman Villa



Butser Ancient Farm will shortly be receiving a £25,000 grant from East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) to fund the restoration of its Roman villa.

The project will enable the villa to be restored to its former glory, giving the building its first major revamp since it was completed for TV documentary ‘Rebuilding the Past’ in 2003.

The work will include raising parts of the ceiling, redecorating the walls and levelling the compacted earth floor.

Throughout the restoration, builders will be teaching Butser staff and volunteers a range of traditional skills to ensure they can continue to maintain the site themselves, and conduct new and exciting workshops for members of the public.

The villa is based on original excavations of a Roman villa at Sparsholt, near Winchester, and every year more than 30,000 schoolchildren and 7,000 members of public visit the farm.

Once restored, the villa will also be fully accessible to disabled visitors.

Councillor Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said: “The farm and Roman villa are amazing resources that we are lucky to have in the district.

“With so many school groups visiting the site each year, it is crucial for us to protect it. The restoration project will ensure it can continue to be used for many years to come.

“Furthermore, there is a great volunteer workforce of over 150 individuals, and the training being offered will greatly expand their knowledge base, enriching visitor experience for everyone.”

Maureen Page, one of the directors at Butser Ancient Farm, is delighted with the news: “It’s amazing to have this grant because it will enable us to carry out work on the villa that we were struggling to find the money for.

“Renovating the villa will pave the way for other exciting projects such as laying floor mosaics, creating fresco paintings on the walls, and designing a beautiful Roman garden.”




 
 
 

 


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Maryemm

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« Reply #962 on: December 23, 2016, 05:48:53 AM »





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« Reply #963 on: December 23, 2016, 07:45:40 AM »
Thank you for that news of Butser, Maryemm, and the lovely Christmas greetings!

I've never made it out to Butser but have used their illustrations for years.

A very Happy Christmas to you all!



Frybabe

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« Reply #964 on: December 30, 2016, 04:44:55 PM »
A little while ago, it dawned on me that I haven't been keeping up with the research on the scrolls found in Herculaneum. This is getting close to a year old, but I missed it. They discovered that the Romans were using metallic inks, pushing the date of use back several hundred years earlier than thought. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/21/herculaneum-scrolls-buried-by-vesuvius-yield-another-secret-metallic-ink 

Frybabe

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« Reply #965 on: January 21, 2017, 06:13:09 AM »
I just finished watching this recent Penn Museum presentation of various archeological discoveries in Turkey. I was most interested in the sarcophagus showing the son of Achilles sacrificing the daughter of Priam at the end of the Trojan War and the mosaics found at Ephesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF8vjpc1oQk
 

Maryemm

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« Reply #966 on: February 21, 2017, 09:56:24 AM »

Frybabe

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« Reply #967 on: March 10, 2017, 08:51:54 AM »
MaryEmm, I am just going to have to find me a map of all the Roman villa, fort and road finds in the UK. There must be one somewhere.

Anyone interested in Julius Caesar may be interested to know that the publisher, Simon & Shuster, has put Barry Strauss's The Death of Caesar on sale (in the US) in a bunch of different formats. I am loath to buy such a book in electronic form, but I am running out of bookshelf room and the price is too good to pass up right now. I can't get a very good used book for any where near that price.

Frybabe

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« Reply #968 on: March 31, 2017, 07:02:08 AM »
I have been watching some of those HD travel videos on YouTube lately. This morning I found this video featuring Volubilis in Morocco, which is a World Heritage Site. There is no narrative with the video, just nice soothing music (which is why I like watching this videographer's work). When watching, you might see several storks hanging out on the ruins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX17XGkZRuM Here is another interesting video with narrative https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtiYH6VLTc4

Here is Wikipedia's history of Volubilis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volubilis

ginny

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« Reply #969 on: March 31, 2017, 09:37:40 PM »
That's incredible, Mary!  Thank you for putting that here.

I watched that whole thing, Frybabe, it's wonderful. Makes me want to pack a bag and go see it. Those gorgeous mosaics exposed to the elements for 1700 years still bright. Amazing. (The narrative I got was very enlightening, actually).

Maryemm

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« Reply #970 on: April 27, 2017, 03:16:31 PM »


'Significant' Roman finds made in St Albans


 

                                                           
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Maryemm

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« Reply #971 on: April 27, 2017, 03:24:24 PM »



Stretch of Roman road unveiled beneath McDonald's restaurant




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« Reply #972 on: April 27, 2017, 03:54:41 PM »
Wow wow wow!!  I'm going to have to see that one in Italy! THANK you! And St. Albans, too. It's just amazing how MANY things are being found every day!

Frybabe

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« Reply #973 on: April 27, 2017, 04:01:15 PM »
Isn't that something, though! Dead people and all.

Frybabe

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« Reply #974 on: May 21, 2017, 08:59:04 AM »
Interesting new novel coming out this month by Colm Toibin based on Greek drama and the story of Clytemnestra. Don't forget to look at the video clip below the book description. http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/House-of-Names/Colm-Toibin/9781501140235?cp_type=end&rmid=20170519_HouseOfNames_remail&rrid=8613437

evergreen

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« Reply #975 on: May 23, 2017, 04:01:46 PM »
Frybabe:  I read Toibin's new novel over the weekend and loved it.  It has received some reviews that criticized it for being too slow, which in my opinion is nonsense.  The prose is rich and clear, and for once placed responsibility for their actions with the individual and not with the gods.

I'm not an expert on the classics, but I would recommend this to anyone.  Interesting tale.

PatH

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« Reply #976 on: May 23, 2017, 10:06:44 PM »
I didn't even know that was what House of Names was about.  We read Agamemnon here in 2012, in the Women in Greek Drama series, and I read some of the other relevant plays Toibin mentions then too.  It sounds like he really caught the spirit of the plays.

Those theaters are amazing.  The one at Epidaurus is even bigger than the one in the video, and you can hear a quarter drop from the upper seats.

Frybabe

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« Reply #977 on: July 05, 2017, 01:37:25 PM »
News article about new research into Roman concrete:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40494248

PatH

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« Reply #978 on: July 05, 2017, 06:41:14 PM »
That's remarkably interesting, Frybabe.  Of course since we don't know their formula, it'll take a while before we know if our imitations are any good.

Maryemm

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« Reply #979 on: August 13, 2017, 03:28:06 PM »



Mary Beard is right – ‘Romans’ could be from anywhere, from Carlisle to Cairo




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https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2017/aug/07/mary-beard-romans-ancient-evidence

Maryemm

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« Reply #980 on: August 13, 2017, 03:37:53 PM »
 
France: archaeologists uncover 'little Pompeii' south of Lyon

 Site unearthed on land awaiting construction of housing complex is labelled an ‘exceptional find’ by culture ministry


 


Read all about it here at:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/02/france-archaeologists-uncover-little-pompeii-south-of-lyon

Maryemm

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« Reply #981 on: August 13, 2017, 03:40:24 PM »
Tomb depicting famous gladiator brawl discovered in Pompeii

Longest funerary epigraph ever gives details on mystery




Read all about it here at;

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2017/07/27/tomb-depicting-famous-gladiator-brawl-discovered-in-pompeii_223d6f13-f15b-43d1-8405-a6f11fccd33b.html?idPhoto=

Frybabe

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« Reply #982 on: August 13, 2017, 03:47:32 PM »
Great finds. Thanks for the articles, MaryEmm. Hope you are doing well.

Maryemm

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« Reply #983 on: August 17, 2017, 03:40:50 PM »


 Yes, thank you. Diamond Wedding Anniversary today and my birthday tomorrow!

 Apologies for the personal notes!

ginny

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« Reply #984 on: August 17, 2017, 04:23:26 PM »
Wow! A Double Celebration!

Happy Happy Anniversary AND Birthday, Maryemm!




And thank you SO much for these wonderful news items!!

Frybabe

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« Reply #985 on: August 17, 2017, 05:27:12 PM »
That's wonderful, Maryemm. My best wishes for a Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday.

Maryemm

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« Reply #986 on: August 28, 2017, 09:10:15 AM »
Thank you, Both, for the good wishes. Had a very enjoyable weekend with family and friends.

(Visited friends from the North yesterday and enjoyed teasing them that their  predecessors came from Britannia Inferior. Believe it was Severus that planned the original division, to cut down on the number of Legions available to any one governor.

I live in Britannia Superior!!)


Maryemm

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« Reply #987 on: September 02, 2017, 06:39:38 AM »



Pompeii Hero Pliny the Elder May Have Been Found 2,000 Years Later






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Frybabe

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« Reply #988 on: September 02, 2017, 08:02:53 AM »
Wow! Just the thought that they have a "suspect" is exciting.

Maryemm

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« Reply #989 on: October 08, 2017, 07:07:10 AM »
   
Roman 'licking dog' never seen before in Britain found by metal detector enthusiasts



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« Reply #990 on: October 08, 2017, 08:15:56 AM »
Thanks, MaryEmm. I have never before heard of a healing statue as such in connection with Romans, although it is likely because of the prevalence of lares and amulets. Somewhere on my Kindle I think I have an old book I downloaded, probably from Gutenberg, about Roman lares. Of course, I've had it a good while now and have yet to read it. This is a good reminder to check it out.

PatH

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« Reply #991 on: October 08, 2017, 12:21:22 PM »
Does the dog have to lick you to heal you?

Frybabe

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« Reply #992 on: October 08, 2017, 04:17:47 PM »
I am not finding much on ancient "healing" dogs, but I would not be at all surprised to find that the ancients knew how dogs can be therapeutic to troubled souls. Healing wounds is another matter, but if a dog puts a person into a certain frame of mind, it certainly can help the person weather the physical healing process as well as the mental.

Maryemm

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« Reply #993 on: October 25, 2017, 12:21:09 PM »
 

 Some interesting information here at:

http://curses.csad.ox.ac.uk/sites/lydney-deity.shtml

 I quite like the idea of a dog being a spiritual guide to someone in a trance! The power of the mind!

Maryemm

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« Reply #994 on: October 25, 2017, 12:29:12 PM »


More interesting information:


 https://museum.wales/articles/2014-03-05/The-Healing-Power-of-Dogs/


As one person has commented there is an ingredient in canine saliva that helps wounds to heal. Dogs are also used to day to sniff out evidence of cancer.


Frybabe

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« Reply #996 on: November 09, 2017, 05:13:38 PM »
Thanks MaryEmm. I noticed at the bottom of the page, under related articles were some articles about the Chichester find. I knew about the find, but hadn't seen anything except the initial articles about it, so these added to my knowledge of the site.