Wednesday, 26 August 2015

News: Nuove scoperte negli Scavi di Pompei

From ECampania:
Nuove scoperte negli Scavi di Pompei
Rinvenute urne cinerarie e una rara sepoltura infantile
 
Pompei non smette mai di stupire. La Soprintendenza ha infatti annunciato nuovi ritrovamenti all’interno dell’area archeologica sepolta dall’eruzione del Vesuvio nel 79 d.C., si tratta urne cinerarie, tra le quali anche una rara sepoltura infantile, sono state rinvenute nella tomba di Obellio Firmo e ai piedi della mura della Necropoli di Porta Nola.
Read the full article here.

News: Pompei, restaurato l'Adone ferito

From La Repubblica, some great photos of the freshly conserved paintings in the House of Wounded Adonis:
Pompei, restaurato l'Adone ferito

Dal libro al restauro, anche così rinasce Pompei. Proprio nel giorno dell'anniversario dell'eruzione (24 agosto 79 dopo Cristo) torna a splendere l'affresco dell'Adone ferito, dall'omonima casa di via di Mercurio, finanziato dai proventi del libro di Alberto Angela "I tre giorni di Pompei" (Rizzoli). Il popolare divulgatore televisivo è stato anche il protagonista del primo degli 'Incontri letterari' di 'Pompei, un'emozione notturna". Il restauro dell'affresco, durato tre mesi, costo di circa 20mila euro, ha interessato tutta la parete dipinta collocata nel piccolo giardino della domus. Si tratta di una meravigliosa megalografia di IV stile, raro esempio rinvenuto a Pompei, raffigurante l'Adone morente tra le braccia di Afrodite, al centro dei due gruppi statuari di Chirone e Achille. Un mito intriso dell'idea di Amore e Morte: Adone viene ferito da un cinghiale scatenatogli contro da Ares geloso della sua amante Afrodite.
Read the full article and see the photos here.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Illinois Classical Studies - Special Section: Roman Campania

The newest issue of Illinois Classical Studies features several articles with a Campanian (and even Pompeian) theme: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/illiclasstud.40.issue-40

Table of Contents:

Illinois Classical Studies 40.1 (Spring 2015)

1/ The Place of ψυχή in Plato's Crito
YOSEF Z. LIEBERSOHN, Bar-Ilan University

2. Meidias Tyrannos: Meidias' Tyrannical Attributes in Demosthenes 21
THOMAS GEORGE HENDREN, University of Miami

3. "Honor" in Rhodes: Dio Chrysostom's Thirty-First Oration
COLIN BAILEY, MacEwan University

4. Perturbatio, frugalitas, and bene beateque uiuendum: Ciceronian Philosophy as Ciceronian Defense in Pro Rege Deiotaro
DANIEL HANCHEY, Baylor University

Special Section: Roman Campania

5. Introduction. Campania: Poetics, Location, and Identity
IAN FIELDING AND CAROLE E. NEWLANDS, University of Oxford and University of Colorado, Boulder

6. The Campanian Case of Gaius Lucilius: Downtrodden Satire from Suessa Aurunca
IAN GOH, University of Manchester

7. In the Land of the Giants: Greek and Roman Discourses on Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields
CATHERINE CONNORS, University of Washington, Seattle

8. From otium to imperium: Propertius and Augustus at Baiae
AMY LEONARD, Tucker High School

9. Campanian Politics and Poetics in Silius Italicus' Punica
ANTONY AUGOUSTAKIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

10. The Literary House of Mr. Octavius Quartio
PETER E. KNOX, Case Western Reserve University

11. Naples and the Landscape of Virgilian otium in the Carmina Bucolica of Petrarch and Boccaccio
IAN FIELDING, University of Oxford

Thursday, 13 August 2015

New publication: Asmosia X

Recently published: the proceedings of the tenth Asmosia conference on Ancient Stone.

Contributions of interest for those studying the Vesuvian sites:

- Casa del Rilievo di Telefo and opus sectile at Herculaneum, A. Savalli,P. Pesaresi, L. Lazzarini

- Archaeology and archaeometry of the marble sculptures found in the “Villa di Poppea” at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Naples),P. Pensabene, F. Antonelli, S. Cancelliere, L. Lazzarini 

- Stone in the decorative programs of Villa A (So-Called Villa Of Poppaea) at Oplontis, J. C. Fant, S. J. Barker

But there are also a lot of papers on other sites of great interest. The index can be downloaded here.

 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Books available on-line: Publications du Centre Jean Bérard

Depuis plus de quarante ans, Les Publications du Centre Jean Bérard ont pour vocation de faire paraître des ouvrages scientifiques d’archéologie de l’Italie du Sud. Dans ses différentes collections, elles proposent essais, thèses, comptes rendus de fouilles, actes de colloques et de séminaires, bibliographie topographique. Les Publications se sont également dotées d'une collection de récits de voyageurs français du « Grand Tour » et d’études sur des peintres de cette époque.
Some of the books published by the Centre Jean-Bérard are now available on-line. Beyond some volumes from the Collection du Centre Jean-Bérard, three volumes from the Mémoires et documents sur Rome et l’Italie méridionale series, and others on Magna Grecia.

Available with contents on Pompeii and/or Herculaneum: 
Grell, C. (1982). Herculanum et Pompéi dans les récits des voyageurs français du xviiie siècle (Mémoires et documents sur Rome et l’Italie méridionale II). Naples.
Le ravitaillement en blé de Rome (1994). Le ravitaillement en blé de Rome et des centres urbains des débuts de la République jusqu’au Haut Empire (Collection du Centre Jean Bérard 11). Naples.
Borgard, P., Brun, J.-P., and Picon, M. (eds.) (2005). L’alun de Méditerranée (Collection du Centre Jean Bérard 23). Naples.
Brun, J.-P. and Fiches, J.-L. (eds.) (2007). Énergie hydraulique et machines élévatrices d’eau dans l’Antiquité (Collection du Centre Jean Bérard 27). Naples.
Cullin-Mingaud, M. (2010). La vannerie dans l’Antiquité romaine: les ateliers de vanniers et les vanneries de Pompéi, Herculanum et Oplontis (Collection du Centre Jean Bérard 35). Naples.


Only problem linked with OpenEdition: citation will become a mess, OE never inserts original pagination in electronic versions.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Grand Palaestra reopens after seven years & new rooms open at Villa Arianna, Stabia from 2.8.2015

Already a good few days for the reopening of buildings that have received attention from the Grand Pompeii Project, MiBAC announced that the Grand Palaestra reopens today. I haven't been in there since 2001 and can't wait to get back!

As if that wasn't enough exciting news, new rooms (Rms 44 & 45) will be opened at the stunning Villa Arianna at Stabia tomorrow.

You can read more here.


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