Sure, you knew about clay tablets, but did you know about clay envelopes? This letter and envelope are in the Museo Archeologico Centrale dell' Etruria in Florence, and have not yet been translated. In fact most cuneiform documents are still untranslated, owing to a world shortage of cuneiform experts. Source.
The city of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt is the site of the biggest haul of ancient papyrus yet found, but it has also thrown up some other things -- like these socks. They were knit using a one-needle technique later found in Vikings burials. They have a split toe so they can be worn with sandals. You can see them at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Ovid Square in the city of Constanta, Romania features a statue of Ovid the author of Metamorphoses, who was exiled there by the Emperor Augustus in AD 8. Constanta was named Tomis in those days. Source.
Blatobulgium, a Roman fort near Dumfries, has produced a wealth of inscriptions, including this dedication to Fortuna. "To Fortune the First Nervan Cohort of Germans, a thousand strong, part-mounted, (set this up)." Source.
Morton visit Palmerston Park for ninety minutes of association football against Queen of the South FC.
The last time these two clubs were both members of the Championship (2013-14) QoS dominated with three wins and a draw.
Morton and QoS enter today's game with nine points each, but Morton have a +2 gd and are in fifth place, while QoS with -2 are sixth. QoS have beaten Alloa, Livingston and Dumbarton. Morton have beaten Alloa and Livingston. Morton knocked Queen of the South out of the League Cup.
After six league games Morton have three draws, as many as they earned all of last season. They have six goals, five of which were scored in the second half.
Nine teams are still in the running for the Scottish treble: Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Ross County, St Johnstone, Motherwell, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Dundee United.
A few seasons ago I noted that Stranraer is closer to Belfast than to any SPFL town. Well, now, hold the phone because Dumfries is closer to Carlisle than to any SPFL town. Carlisle, home of Carlisle United FC, is the former Roman settlement of Luguvalium.
[Queen of the South 2 - 2 Morton. Goals: an own goal; Johnstone.]
Europa League: Ajax 2 - 2 Celtic
UEFA is looking into organizing a third competition for clubs that crash out of the Europa League in the qualifying stages.
Yesterday it was Karşıyaka 2 - 3 Trabzon. The city of Trabzon on the Black Sea coast is better known by folk who aren't very up to date on Turkey as Trabizond.
Yesterday it was UCD 1 - 2 Wexford. UCD cannot finish top in the division. Today it's the final of the League of Ireland Cup between Galway United and St Patrick's Athletic. [St. Pat's win on penalty kicks.]
Tomorrow Montedio Yamagata visit Kashiwa Reysol. Montedio are dead last in J1. [0 - 0.]
Total War:Rome II enables you to simulate the blood-drenched battles of classical antiquity, or to orchestrate mass slaughters of your own invention. With a recent add-on you can now recruit female combatants into your army, like these mercenary gladiatrices, seen here fighting other mercenary gladiatrices and somehow knowing who is on which side. There were female gladiators in Roman times -- as attested by this inscription naming two of them, Achillea and Amazon -- however, there's no record of them ever fighting in a war. But if they had, based on this model, the spearwomen would have needed to come up a defence for that serious vulnerability on the back lefthand side.
You did well to put on a show of gladiators for our people of Verona, who have long shown their affection and admiration for you and have voted you many honours. Verona was also the home town of the excellent wife you loved so dearly, whose memory you owe some public building or show, and this kind of spectacle is particularly suitable for a funeral tribute. Moreover, the request came from so many people that a refusal would have been judged churlish rather than strong-minded on your part. You have also done admirably in giving the show so readily and on such a lavish scale, for this indicates a true spirit of generosity.
I am sorry the African panthers you had bought in such quantities did not turn up on the appointed day, but you deserve the credit although the weather prevented their arriving in time; it was not your fault that you could not show them.