Month: May 2011

Ancient Roman Sculpture Exhibition

If you find yourself in Italy in the near future, you might want to check out “Portraits: The Many Faces of Power,” at the Capitoline Museums (Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome). This exhibition is one of five annual shows in Rome which trace the trajectory of Roman art through the centuries and through various media. The exhibition, running until September 25, showcases over one hundred fifty busts.

Great Resource for [Ancient] Documentaries

I just wanted to alert our users that a great resource is available to you for free! If you enjoy watching documentaries–especially those on ancient history–you must check out Top Documentary Films. The website includes free, streaming, online documentary films, and movies on a variety of topics. It’s a fantastic tool for the scholar, educator, and casual viewer alike!

Phoenician Splendor & Turkish Delights

South of the bustling Lebanese capital–the alluring Beirut–is the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre. In its heyday it was a major center of international trade and commerce. From Tyre, Phoenician merchants and sailors  sailed to present day Spain, Greece, and Tunisia. The ruins of the old city are remarkably intact and bear witness to centuries of invasions and cultural exchange. For more information please read Mohammed El Hebeishy’s “Phoenicia Revived” You can also view several pictures of these imposing ancient ruins when accessing the provided link. If Turkey is more to relevant to your interests, you should take a look at Susanne Güsten’s recent article in the New York Times by clicking here. Turkey has undertaken steps to protect ancient Christian churches and monasteries, in particular those found in Anatolia. Restoration and preservation work has been conducted and tourists are flocking to these sites as a result.

Funerary Treasures from Ancient Egypt

With over a hundred objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s fine collection of Ancient Egyptian art, “To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum” is a spellbinding, traveling exhibition in the United States. The exhibition focuses, not surprisingly, on the religious beliefs of the Egyptians. Specific attention is given to the practical and economic concerns of Egyptians in relation to preparations for the afterlife. Norton Museum of Art West Palm Beach, Florida, February 12–May 8, 2011. Nevada Museum of Art Reno, June 11–September 4, 2011. Frist Center for Visual Arts Nashville, Tennessee, October 6–January 7, 2012. Joslyn Art Museum Omaha, Nebraska, February 10–May 6, 2012.

Huge Roman Ship Uncovered in Ostia, Italy

A Roman ship was been uncovered just outside of Rome, between Ostia and Fiumicino International Airport, while repair work was being conducted on a local bridge. Ostia (“Ostia Antica”) was once one of the richest cities in Rome as it lay near the mouth of the Tiber River. The ship discovered is the largest ever excavated near the city and could provide new information on ancient Roman seafaring. Please read more about this fascinating discovery by clicking here.