Galilee Boat

Through Jim Davila I read an article on the “Jesus Boat,” believed to be 2,000 years old. Just a short note — the picture of the wooden boat at Bible Places may give the impression that this is the boat. The Yigal Allon Centre Museum right next to the Sea of Galilee houses the ancient Galilee boat. Here is a picture I took of the boat from last summer:




I’m moving.  Not a blog move, but a physical move — relocation.  I’ll be moving to Florida this weekend to start a degree in Classics at FSU.  So there won’t be any blogging for the next several days (admittedly I’ve been blogging light since I started).  Until then…. I hope to post on matters relating to my courses and on various grammar attachments, etc.

Printable Latin verb paradigm

I’ve now uploaded a printable version of the Latin verb paradigm that I have at Google Docs. The PDF is 8 pages but looks really great if you have a laser color printer and card stock paper (or Kinko’s would be an alternative). Test it out and, if you see any errors, you’re welcome to leave a comment.Download: Latin Verb Paradigm (PDF)(Coming soon: quickie charts for nouns and pronouns)

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Latin Podcasts – Latinum

There is a really helpful resource, concentrating on spoken Latin, that just started several months ago.  It is Latinum — The Latin Language Learning Podcast from London maintained by Millner.  There are constant podcasts uploaded for learning Latin in other ways than just by reading and constant (sometimes mundane) memorization.  One important emphasis I noticed is “language as an operating system.”  Rather than being input oriented (e.g., reading, memorization) there is an emphasis on output — what you speak.  In other words, verbalizing what you’re learning will increase your fluency of the language.  So, in short, check it out for yourselves.  I highly recommend Millner’s site to download podcasts for those wanting to take their Latin studies seriously or to another level.

New Look

The new template for the blog reminds me of Halloween.  But every once in a while I decide to change the monotony up a bit.  Any thoughts of it or if you prefer the previous template look, post a comment.

Etruscan Tomb Found

In the news, an intact Etruscan tomb has been found. Some of the reports can be found here, here (repeated from first link), and here. I’m sure more news will follow as the details unfold. Here is a quick excerpt from the first article:

The tomb, in the Tuscan town of Civitella Paganico, probably dates from between the 1st and 3rd centuries B.C., when Etruscan power was in decline, Andrea Marcocci, who led digging at the site, told Reuters. …

Inside the tomb, a narrow corridor led to a small burial chamber, about 2 meters long and 1.79 meters wide, he said. It housed about 80 objects including vases and mirrors in bronze and ceramic. Urns holding human remains were also found.

From the third article, Science Daily, there is mention that there was also an inscription with the tomb.

Colossal Hadrian

Reports in English are now emerging concerning the recent discovery of the colossal statue of Hadrian. Here are some quick excerpts:

BBC News:

The pieces of this giant monument to Hadrian were found about 5m below ground, among the buried ruins of a bath house on the site Sagalassos, an ancient mountaintop town in southern Turkey.

The statue dates to the early part of Hadrian’s reign. The elaborate decoration on the sandal suggest he was depicted in military garb.

Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project:

The discovery was made by archaeologists from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), who, under Waelkens’ direction, have been investigating the site since 1990. Last month [i.e., June] a new excavation campaign started, and the Belgians resumed work at the Roman Bath, focusing on the southeastern corner of the complex.

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HT to Duane Smith at Abnormal Interests.

Latin Verb Paradigm correction

There have been two corrections made to the imperfect active indicative III (-iō) and IV of the comprehensive Latin verb chart.  Thanks to Danny Lutz for pointing this out.  Another reminder, if anyone catches any further errors post a comment or write me.More Latin material will be posted/linked in the upcoming weeks!

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