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Just saw this and haven’t tracked down anything further on it:
(AKI) – A Roman temple dating from the fourth century AD was discovered inside the Maremma Park, located in the central Italian region of Tuscany. The rectangular-shaped temple was found by a group of archaeologists after three months of work about three kilometres from the beach of Marina di Alberese, in the province of Grosseto.
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Parco della Maremma, 21 October (AKI) – A Roman temple dating from the fourth century AD was discovered inside the Maremma Park, located in the central Italian region of Tuscany. The rectangular-shaped temple was found by a group of archaeologists after three months of work about three kilometres from the beach of Marina di Alberese, in the province of Grosseto.
The rectangular-shaped structure measures 11.5 metres by 6.5 metres and was built using a Roman-building technique called ‘opus testaceum’. A loose stone foundation covered by bricks which are then covered in slabs of marble.
According to archaeologists, the temple suggests there was once an important Roman settlement in the area, which served as a trading port that handled goods coming from Africa and from the entire Mediterranean basin.
The goods would then be transported north to the city of Siena and the Etruscan town of Roselle (Rosellae in Latin) or south towards the town of Heba (now called Magliano in Toscana) and the ancient town of Ager Cosanus, which is also located in Tuscany.
At the temple site, archaeologists found at least 50 Roman coins and a huge quantity of ceramic artefacts originating from all over the Mediterranean basin, but especially from Tunisia.
The team of archaeologists will be carrying out further excavations in the area, where they believe there is another temple, dedicated to the pagan goddess of hunting, Diana.
According to the group of archaeologists’ Facebook page, the privately-funded project is directed by Elena Chirico, Matteo Colombini and Alessandro Sebastiani with the scientific co-direction of the Archaeological Superintendence of Tuscany.
“The archaeological project in the territory of Alberese, in the province of Grosseto, finds its aim in the comprehension and understanding of settlement patterns in the Roman and Late Antique period,” said a statement on the group’s Facebook page.
“The project will focus on the excavation of some key sites and on the preservation and valuing of the natural landscape of the Regional Park of the Uccellina.”
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No, it’s not about the content of the new syllabus, but rather about a specific circumstance that some poor teachers (like me) find themselves and there students in, and I would really appreciate your input: teaching AP on a ridiculously short schedule.
Whether you teach (or have taught) AP or not, you’re more than likely qualified to comment on a question of how to best serve the interests of students in this situation, and as always, feel free to leave comments as well. Here’s the situation:
My school is on a block schedule (5 days a week, 85 minutes a day, 1 semester = 1 year of a traditional schedule). Right now we offer Latin 1 and 2 in the first year, Latin 3 and 4 in the second, and In the third year we have nothing in the Fall, but AP Latin: Vergil in the Spring).
Students entered AP Latin last year after a seven month lay-off. In the Spring we had three and half months filled with interruptions (including state HSPA-testing and spring recess) which eliminated several weeks of class time.
I’m writing a proposal that will in part lobby for a change in the way courses are at least sequenced, and I could use your input. You just may help make a difference for some kids who deserve a better situation.
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Juvencus, in Book 4 of his Evangeliorum Libri Quattuor, writes in a passage about the end of the age:
livor erit terris, erroribus omnia plena
et falsi surgent populorum labe profetae. (4.112-13)
Envy will be on the earth, all things will be full of errors
and false prophets will rise because of the fall of the peoples.
This is a paraphrase of Matt. 24:10-11: ‘And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.’ Juvencus has modified the idea of ‘hatred’ and replaced it with ‘envy’ (livor). Though ‘envy’ is not in the biblical prototype, Juvencus’ reworking did remind me of another apocalyptic prophecy: that of Hesiod, when he writes of the end of the Iron Race in the Works & Days. Hesiod has predicted familial betrayal (182-88; cf. the apocalyptic prophecy in Mark 13, specifically v. 12), and then states:
ζῆλος δ᾽ ἀνθρώποισιν ὀιζυροῖσιν ἅπασι
δυσκέλαδος κακόχαρτος ὁμαρτήσει, στυγερώπης. (195-6)
Envy will accompany all the sorry men,
bringing disturbance, loving evil, hate-faced. (Caldwell’s tr., with ‘Envy’ replacing his transliteration ‘Zelos’)