Morgantina and Aidone, Sicily (June, 2013)

January 4, 2014

On this very cold weekend in the Midwest I thought I’d post some photos from the hottest place I visited in Sicily last spring (Morgantina) and the delightful little town (Aidone) whose archaeological museum houses some of its remains.

Morgantina is southeast of Enna and a short drive from the Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina (I’ll post some photos of its fantastic mosaics soon). Although this time the site felt like the inside of an oven, on cooler days it’s well worth a visit. (But bring water just in case.) The city dates back to the late Bronze Age but moved to its current location in the 5th century BCE. Changing hands several times in the many wars of the following centuries, the town lasted until the first century CE. Excavations have been going on for quite a while now so there’s plenty to see.

Morgantina (061913)

Morgantina with Etna barely visible in the distance.

The North Baths at Morgantina

The North Baths at Morgantina

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Vatican Museums (June 2013)

September 28, 2013

I saw more than ever before on this latest trip to the Vatican Museums…

Vatican Museums wall view

Assorted sculptures

Clio, Vatican Museums (060413)

Clio

Vatican Museums interior courtyard (060413)

Interior courtyard

View of Rome from Vatican Museums (060413)

View of Rome from the Vatican Museums

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The Capitoline Museums

August 8, 2013

There have been a bunch of improvements to the Capitoline Museums since I was last there (seven years ago?): new rooms, better lighting, a great view of the Republican forum…

Wall view, Capitoline Museums SQUARE

Many, many inscriptions…

Wolf and twins, Capitoline Museums (060113)

The famous wolf and twins

Stele of Anicetus, NCE109

Funeral stele for a gladiator

Sarcophagus with hunt scenes, MC Inv 822 (maybe) (060113)

Detail of a sarcophagus

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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.

 


Roman cat sanctuary in peril

October 31, 2012

The cat sanctuary at Torre Argentina in Rome, site of four Republican temples, “faces eviction.”

 


Items of Recent Interest (3)

October 18, 2012

In the news:


Items of recent interest (1)

September 25, 2012

Recent news items of interest: