New (edited) book out: Extramercantile Economies

May 2, 2019

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Here’s the Extramercantile Economies of Greek and Roman Cities flyer.

Here’s a link to its Routledge webpage.


Pompeii or Locked Out (June, 2013)

August 29, 2013

I enjoyed my visit to Pompeii. I really did! But in the last twenty years I have never seen so many locked houses and inaccessible areas. However, Pompeii being such a gigantic site, I still saw some great things I’d never seen before…

Locked out, Pompeii (060313)

At least you can see some of the mosaics and frescoes here…

Vietato l'accesso sign, Pompeii (060313)

Keep out!


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Herculaneum (June, 2013)

August 21, 2013

Many people prefer Herculaneum to Pompeii. Perhaps this is because it is smaller and more manageable? There are some nice new facilities since last I visited but it seemed like fewer buildings were open than usual… Still, there was plenty to see.

Herculaneum (070213)

Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite

Herculaneum (070213)

Seat of the Augustales

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Ara Pacis Museum

August 7, 2013

Here’s the first of what will be many posts from my trip to Italy this summer.

First stop was the Ara Pacis Museum:

Entrance to Ara Pacis Museum

Entrance to Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Vestals at a banquet (?)

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

The so-called Tellus panel of the Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Procession relief from the Ara Pacis

Relief of a temple from the Ara Pacis Museum

Relief of a temple from the Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

View of the Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Another view of the Ara Pacis

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps

August 7, 2013

The Palazzo Altemps museum is wonderful collection in a beautiful building:

MNR Palazzo Altemps courtyard, Rome (053113)

Central courtyard of the museum

Ludovisi Throne, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8570 (Hollander, 2013)

The ‘Ludovisi Throne’

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8574 (Hollander, 2013)

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

Gallienus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8633 (Hollander, 2013)


Crouching Aphrodite, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 380998 (Hollander, 2013)

Crouching Aphrodite

Slab with Isis cult scene, 100 CE, MNRPA INV 77255 (053113)

Isis cult scene

Gaius Stern speaking at ISU about the Ara Pacis

April 22, 2013

Today (April 22nd) Gaius Stern will be at ISU to answer the question: “What did the Ara Pacis really look like?”

Join us in 210 Bessey Hall at 3:10 PM.

Ara Pacis in color

Items of Recent Interest (4)

January 11, 2013

Some items of recent (and no so recent) interest:

Hairdo of a vestal virgin.

Eddie Izzard on Hannibal.

Mitchell and Webb on Caesar.

Treasure found in ancient Black Sea fortress.