The NESCAC News (a website that reports about student athletes at Trinity and other colleges we compete with) posted today (October 30, 2015) an interview with senior Kate Giddens, a double major in Biology and Classics as well as a woman’s volleyball player. You can read all about how she’s combined her interests in all three areas at http://nescac.com/news/2015-16/Friday_Feature/TRI_Giddens.
Celia Schultz, professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, gave the annual Moore Lecture last week. Her talk, “Must There Be Blood?” focused on the meaning of sacrifice in Roman culture.
Read more about the talk here: http://www.trincoll.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticles/pages/MooreGreekLectureSchultz2015.aspx.
Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization.
He lies with a yardlong bronze sword and a remarkable collection of gold rings, precious jewels and beautifully carved seals. Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer.
“Probably not since the 1950s have we found such a rich tomb,” said James C. Wright, the director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Seeing the tomb “was a real highlight of my archaeological career,” said Thomas M. Brogan, the director of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, noting that “you can count on one hand the number of tombs as wealthy as this one.”
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Scientists Hope to Learn How Pompeians Lived, Before the Big Day
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
OCT. 5, 2015, nytimes.com
POMPEII, Italy — When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., many of its victims in Pompeii were buried under mounds of pumice and ash that hardened over them like a mold, freezing them in time.
During more than two centuries of excavations, plaster casts were made of scores of those long-ago victims, making them a famous and poignant reminder of the unpredictability of death and the boundless power of nature.
But if the way Pompeii’s residents perished is well established, far less is known about how they lived. Now a team of scientists hopes to change that.
In September, an array of specialists — archaeologists, restorers, radiologists, anthropologists and others — set up a sophisticated field hospital of sorts here, complete with a computerized tomography scanner. Better known as a CT scanner, it will be used to peer beneath those opaque, improvised tombs.