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Discoveries and news in Rome

All the latest information about discoveries from the world of ancient Romans. I encourage you to let me know about any Roman news and to indicate any corrections or inaccuracies. I try to search for material everywhere, but it is natural that not everything will be noticed by me.

Content of papyri from Herculaneum at last legible

X-rays allowed scientists to extract individual letters from damaged documents from the library in Herculaneum. The culprit was the volcano Vesuvius, which in 79 CE unexpectedly erupted and destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. The cataclysm did not spare the library with valuable works of the great thinkers of that time. The library was especially full of works by Philodemus of Gadara (c. 110 – c. 39 BCE), a Greek poet and philosopher from the Epicurean school who taught the poet Virgil.

Charred papyrus from Herculaneum

Roman slingshot projectile discovered

A hiding place was found in southern Scotland, where lead slingshots for slingshots were stored. It is believed to be the largest find of its kind in Britain. The discovery was made on an excavation conducted in Burnswark, in the city of Dumfries.

Roman slingshot projectile discovered

Discovered Roman milestone hid curiosity

Discovered in late 2017/2018 along the A14 road in Cambridgeshire, eastern England, a Roman milestone revealed a curiosity. The folded stone turned out to be embossed with the outline of the penis on top.

Discovered Roman milestone hid curiosity

Digital map of Rome in era of Augustus

The Digital Augustan Rome project is a great source of knowledge and research material on Rome during the Emperor Augustus period. Digital Augustan Rome is a project that is to be a worthy successor to the published Mapping Augustan Rome map collection, which appeared in the Journal of Roman Archeology Series in 2002 year.

Digital map of Rome in era of Augustus

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