Jewish Amulet

japd64.jpgThis has been in the news for a few weeks now — an amulet containing the Shema, from Deuteronomy 6:4, was discovered in Austria. It dates from about the third century of our era. “This amulet shows that people of Jewish faith lived in what is today Austria since the Roman Empire.” Universität Wien has more details. The inscription is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew: ΣΥΜΑ ΙΣΤΡΑΗΛ ΑΔΩNΕ ΕΛΩΗ ΑΔΩN Α (Heb., שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד). If you cannot make out the Greek and Hebrew, see the image below.

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Augustus’ House Open

News has been circulating that the House of Augustus once again opens to the public. It’s fascinating to see art and design from this period (ca. 30 BCE) with the rich colors of red and yellow (and more) in the second Pompeian style. Read more of it at BBC News: House of Augustus opens to public.