Reblogged: Samnites in Pompeii

Originally posted on Pompeian Connections:
Yesterday came a rather exciting announcement that a Samnite grave has been discovered in Pompeii. The details revealed thus far include that a skeleton, belonging to a woman approximately forty to fifty years old, complete with grave goods including numerous jars still containing traces of their original contents, has been…

“Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily” is out this week

I’m very excited to announce the publication of my book Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily. The editor very kindly dropped the first copy round to my house last night, and I’m really pleased with how it has turned out. This book started life as my PhD thesis (pictures of its journey from thesis to book…

The Mysterious Case of the 112-year-old Woman

ahvdiú. ni. akun. CXII Ahvdio daughter of Ni. 112 years Oscan inscription on plaster. Teanum Sidicinum, c. 200 BC. Imagines Italicae: Teanum Sidicinum 24; Sabellische Texte: Po 51. People have struggled with Ahvdio’s gravestone. On the one hand, the Roman numerals at the end of the inscription (on the left-hand-side of the picture) look quite…