Exhibition Catalogue write up Some smart tweets from Gareth Harney So I would LOVE to see Zilberstein and Ben-Efraim’s method of reconstructing original mass applied to this object. It’s a 10 pound weight from Rome with the name of a well known historical figure that can be dated with in a decade or so. Balsalt… Continue reading Q. Iunius Rusticus’ Weight (and friends)
A long time ago I wrote this in a draft of the book that has now been superseded by a very different version (without any real discussion beyond a footnote about the pound…word limits and all): “Duncan-Jones uses the figure 322.8g for the Roman pound based solely on weights in the Naples collection. Other estimates… Continue reading Some bibliography on weights
Things to notice regarding this Praeneste find from 1907 excavations: Q – likely stands for Quaestor as on coins The per ‘pound’ basis of each ‘denomination’ is as follows: X – 327.4 V – 327.4 III – 327.433 II – 327.45 … – 327.44 .. – 328.5 . – 328.44 The basalt is much more… Continue reading A Highly Precise Set of Weights
In the Sackler having a leisurely browse of new scholarship. This is where I will track refs and points of interest. Highlights from CQ 98.2 2018 O’Sullivan on Cicero’s use of Greek letters vs. Transliteration No hard fast rule Technical survey of instances Well known Phrases more likely to be in Greek rather than transliteration… Continue reading Some Reading Notes
Contra what is below, Burnett 2016: 19 n. 34: Quoting NAC 83 (2015) in full. “This coin, one of only four known specimens, has always been the subject of heated debate among scholars. In Early Roman Coinage pp. 261-263, Rudi Thomsen provides a detailed summary of the controversy surrounding the coin: “Before examining the consequences… Continue reading How to argue against a charge of modern forgery…
BM 2010,5006.525 cf. 524 (Bulls) and 526 (Shield) all watercolors from the collection of Charles Townley. All public domain images now. Also I think because of the quality of the depiction of the edges of the specimens in these drawing it should be possible to determine into which collection these specimens passed. As far as… Continue reading Tuscan Hoard of 1778
This is BM 2010,5006.527 (acquired 1814 from the collection of Charles Townley)! For a historical discussion and contextualization of the Velitrae finds (a small deposit found at the church of S. Maria della Neve 1784 including both RRC 4/1 and 8/1), see Andreas Muran’s piece. The BM records the inscription “Annotated in pen and ink… Continue reading Velletri (Velitrae) Aes Signatum
RRC 346 features both Numa and Ancus Marcius. Most of the plausible explanations for the series and its types relate to Ancus, Rome’s 4th king. Numa is typically explained as Ancus’ grandfather and thus the source of his elevated status and authority. BUT… I just came across this passage in Appian (Mith. 22) and it… Continue reading Numa in 88 BCE?
Peter Wiseman has put much scholarly energy into expounding how stage performances have influences our received narrative histories [for instance this book]. Not everyone believes this, but it is certainly a good starting point to introduce some skepticism into one’s reading of ancient histories. I’m editing the section of the book on the coin above… Continue reading Ripped from the Stage?
A post in which I simply chase up the details in a delightfully dense Crawfordian footnote. “certainly the reduction [to the semilibral standard] had take place by the time of the ludi romani in September of that year [217BC] (see p. 627 n. 1)” (RRC I.43) To the same end the Great Games were vowed… Continue reading Ludi Romani and the date of Semilibral Standard