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Bayesian Phylogenetic Analysis Of Semitic Languages Identifies An Early Bronze Age Origin Of (Proto) Semitic In The Near East.

Oldest Rock Art In Egypt Discovered.

An interesting talk about The Book of the Dead. If you live by a Barnes & Noble you might find the kit for less than $10 at discount, the translation is great, and alas, the translator is dead.

More later, hopefully, but I've been spending more time on Tumblr and Twitter as of late.
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Discover why Cleopatra VII is rolling in her grave!

BBC's The (infamous) Cleopatras, now on YouTube!

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I may be changing the name/handle of this community within a month or two, because I don't think the focus should be only on Classics, but the Ancient World in general.

If anyone reading this has a recommendation for something more imaginative than "The Ancient World", I'm all ears.
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Mary Beard on Reading Latin

Mary Beard on Latin for Beginners

Mary Beard's Guide to The Beckham Code

Mary Beard's Guide to Tattoos and Graffiti
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Finally on YouTube!

Sad news

Nov. 8th, 2010 09:22 pm
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A house in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has collapsed, raising concerns about Italy's state support for its archaeological heritage.

The House of the Gladiators was found in ruins when curators came to open the site to visitors early on Saturday.

Partially rebuilt after it sustained damage during World War II, it had not been thought at risk of collapse.

Culture Minister Sandro Bondi said some of the frescos on the house's lower walls might have survived.

He said that the collapse showed the need for "adequate resources" to preserve Italy's "immense historic artistic heritage".

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said it was "a shame for Italy".

Antonio Varone, director of excavations at the site, said officials were "trying to preserve the last fragments" of the building.
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