Carnivalesque coming to Iconoclasm

The excellent blog carnival Carnivalesque is coming to Iconoclasm on 25 March. This will be an ancient/medieval edition and I believe that it’ll be the first time that Carnivalesque will come live and direct from the centre of the Classical world, i.e. Athens. Please forward nominations for contributions to troelsmyrup AT or use the […]

Late Antique Art and Archaeology in Aarhus

I have neglected to announce the wonderful news that the Danish Research Council recently offered a generous grant to the establishment of a collective research project based in the Department of Classical Archaeology at the University of Aarhus – “Art and Social Identities in Late Antiquity” of which I am a member. Our project’s website […]

Contemporary Conceptions of Early Christianity

Interesting post from Mary Beard on a recent BBC Radio 4 programme, “Humphrys in Search of God“. Here’s what Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, had to say about early Christianity: It’s what happened at the very beginning of the church’s life. The church didn’t simply blaze out into the Greco-Roman world saying “Here’s the truth. […]

Mutilated and Re-Used Inscriptions in Gerasa

I have previously mentioned a couple of inscriptions that were desecrated by early Christians. A recent article in Journal of Early Christian Studies by Jason Moralee now presents some further examples from Gerasa (modern Jerash in Jordan – where a Danish-Jordanian project has been excavating an early mosque for a couple of years), especifically the […]

Civic Continuity at Rome: An Example from the Colosseum

Most people visiting the Colosseum are rightly preoccupied with the magnificent building itself, and the gruesome stories that have made it so famous. Some of the arena’s other sights are easily overlooked, but just as interesting, however. Contemporary exhibits from the vast collections of the Italian archaeological superintendencies are housed on the upper levels (the […]