Ancient History News Roundup: March 8 – 13

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Hello history lovers! We’ve got lots of interesting things happening in the news this week. Let’s take a look!

Paintings Discovered in Spain’s Aurea Cave (link here)

A cave in northern Cantabria, Spain, was discovered to have some Palaeolithic drawings inside! The illustrations are fairly basic, just a line and some dots, but are in a dark red pigment and quite interesting to look at.

Another Tomb Discovered at Al-Qurna (link here)Germany Ancient Pretzel

A beautiful 18th Dynasty tomb was found in Luxor! The paintings on the walls apparently show daily practices of the culture. From the photos, they look to be in beautiful colour. There was apparently another find recently that this is similar to but I didn’t hear about that! A link to the other article is in this one.

World’s Oldest Pretzel Found in Bavaria (link here)

Not exactly classical, I admit! But I thought this was a good headline. The baked goods were apparently burned and thrown away, and are from the eighteenth century.

Greek and Roman Coins Rediscovered in Buffalo (link here)

A Classicist found over 50 coins from the Romans and Greeks hidden in the library of the State University of New York in Buffalo. Apparently they were donated in 1935 and lost in the collections! They look to be in great condition!

Six of the best: operas about Roman leaders (link here)

In honour of the upcoming Ides of March, the BBC’s Classical Music Magazine has listed their six best operas about Roman leaders. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t listened to any of them! But I think this would be a good place to start getting into opera, for a Classicist.

Ruins of Roman Amphitheater in Mérida To Be Turned into Paddle Tennis Courts (link here)

The World Padel Tour 2015 is being hosted in Mérida, Spain, and they are turning an amphitheatre from 8 BCE into a tennis court. There are online petitions (link in the article) to protest this, and there are government party members that are vocally opposed to this plan. The use of an ancient site for a modern sporting event is certainly controversial. I can’t imagine that it would be able to avoid serious damage with that kind of traffic and abuse.

Lots to think about! Let me know if there’s anything I missed, and thanks for reading!


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