Many people go to Spoleto in Umbria for the opera. But while you are there you can might also visit the Monteluca, at one time a grove sacred to Jupiter. If you do, be sure to observe the Lex luci spoletina, which governs the site and was laid down in the 3rd century BC.
Let no-one violate this grove nor carry out anything that is in the grove nor set foot in it [or possibly 'cut it'] except annually on the day of the rite; on the day when it is done because of the rite it shall be permitted to enter (cut) it with impunity. Whosoever violates the grove shall give a purificatory offering of an ox to Jupiter; whoever violates it knowingly and maliciously shall give a purificatory offering of an ox to Jupiter and shall be fined 300 asses [a unit of currency]. The chief magistrate shall be responsible for the exaction of the offering and fine.
Though they did a lot of Roman episodes on Time Team, it wasn't until until series 9, episode 12 that any volume of the Loeb Classical Library got screen time, viz. Suetonius on Vespasian's conquest of the Isle of Wight.
Tony does wave around the red Liverpool University Press Vegetius in series 1, episode 2. And Robin Bush reads from the Penguin Life of King Alfred in series 10, episode 8. He too can be seen following the text with his finger as he reads, a thing nobody over the age of six would do except for television.
And he used a highlighter. Guy de la Bédoyère glances toward a Loeb Dio Cassius on the table in front of him in series 11, episode 5, but it doesn't get a closeup because in the next instant Carenza is pointing at a map, and you can't have two finger shots in row, although I've done it above.
Five prehistoric Scottish carved stone balls. They are held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
It's the Scottish Cup, Round Five. Last night Rangers beat Dunfermline 4 - 0. Match of the Day today is between Celtic and Aberdeen, the #1 and #2 teams in the Premiership. A victory by Celtic would keep alive the possibility of an Old Firm final. There has not been one of those since 2002. Aberdeen and Inverness are still in the running for the Scottish domestic treble, but Celtic's league lead gets wider all the time.
Altogether seven Premiership, three Championship, and five League One clubs are involved in this round, plus Albion Rovers from League Two.
Morton are off.
[Aberdeen knock out Celtic! Raith knock out Hibs!]
Yesterday US Boulogne visited Colomiers in Haute-Garonne and won 1 - 2.
These gold torcs date from the first couple of centuries BC and were recovered in Stirlingshire in 2009. Torcs are characteristic of the Celtic culture of those days, perhaps because headhunting was too. This little bit of ornamental neck armour was sometimes the only thing a Gallic warrior wore into battle. Source.
Christoffer Willhelm Eckersberg, A View through Three of the North-Western Arches of the Third Storey of the Coliseum in Rome (1815 or 1816), in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Read about it here, where you can download a version large enough to show the crackle in the paint. Painters of this generation really had a handle on the colour green.
Competing interests have shaped the Clyde in all kinds of ways. The Glaswegians wanted a deep channel, so as to bring seagoing vessels up past Greenock, and so built the Lang Dyke. The Romans wanted to get across, and built this causeway a bit upstream from Dumbarton at Milton. That's Dumbarton Rock's wee pal Dumbuck on the far shore. Source.
It's the start of the second half of the season. Morton are dead last, with two wins and nine points. They have not scored in the past three games. They are twelve points behind eighth-place Dumbarton, whom they visit today. If Dumbarton do as well in the second half as they did in the first they will finish with 42 points. If Morton up their game to .500, say 6w 6d 6l, they will finish with 33 points. So, to avoid relegation Morton have to improve vastly under Kenny Shiels, and also catch some breaks. What kind of breaks? One of Livingston, Dumbarton and Queen of the South simply has to stop winning games.
Morton have signed Brad Gascoigne of Corby Town in England's Southern Football League, and David Robertson, formerly of St Johnstone. Michael Tidser, the player Morton sold to Rotherham in July for fifty grand, has signed with Ross County. Morton really should have kept him. Ex-captain Mark McLaughlin has signed with Dumbarton! He'll score today. Morton has signed Jamie McCormack ex of Wigan Athletic.
[Dumbarton win 2 - 0. It's Morton's seventh loss in a row, eighth counting the Scottish Cup.]
It's the trente deuxièmes de finale of the Coupe de France. After eight rounds of play the number of teams has been reduced to 64, so this is where the story really begins. US Boulogne host Association Sportive Beauvais Oise, or ASBO for short. In the United Kingdom ASBO stands for anti-social behavior order. ASBO play in the fourth flight Championnat de France amateur. Beauvais is in Picardy.
[Boulogne prevail 3 - 1 and move on to the 16ème de finale.]
The Villa of P. Fannius Synistor stood on the north side of Mount Vesuvius, and was buried in the eruption of AD 79 and not rediscovered until 1900, when its remarkable frescoes were auctioned off and scattered around the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which holds some of the wall paintings, and the King's Visualisation Lab at King's College London, have put together a virtual tour of the house.
This lady is part of a panel from Room H. She looks a trifle unfazed for someone sitting next to a naked guy. Source.
KHL Medveščak Zagreb opened their 2012-13 EBEL season with a pair of outdoor games played in the ancient Roman amphitheatre of Pula, Croatia. They lost 3 - 2 to HDD Olimpija Ljubljana in the first game but beat the Vienna Capitals 4 - 1 in the second.