Carnivalesque 75

Welcome to Carnivalesque 75 for ancient and medieval topics in current blogging!

Aspects Ancient: Roger Pearse discusses The Tomb of a Graeco-Roman priest and via 80 Beats comes word that Strabo knew his geology. For those of a linguistic bent, the opening salvo in the story of The Ampersand is up at Shady Characters. I can’t wait for the conclusion.

Ancient archaeology made news of late, especially with excavations in the sewers of Herculaneum. See What the Ancient Romans Ate and Crap, It’s Herculaneum for some interesting commentary on the findings.

Further archaeological work reveals that some Roman ships came with fish tanks! Mitochondrial DNA’s been extracted from a Roman cemetery. Also see this post on Dr. Sarah Parcak’s discovery of 17 previously unknown Delta pyramids and many tombs.

Ponder Locusta, Professional Poisoner at The Ancient Standard. For those interested in sports and sculpture, at, an interesting post explains what is a quadriga and how it figures into a long western tradition.

Matters Medieval: Got Medieval starts the month off with an iconography of June (let’s hear it for illuminations of crabs!). The Medieval Garden Enclosed (at the Cloisters) introduces us to Herb Robert and its medieval lore and applications. Also on the medical front, Rinderpest, Measles and medieval emerging infectious diseases documents the historical rise of measles in medieval accounts.

At Muhlberger’s World History, a Frankish history puzzle emerges in Radegund’s Brother. Jonathan Jarrett at A Corner of Tenth Century Europe muses on Samarra as seen through Google Maps. Another Damned Medievalist pointed to Regnum Francorum Online and discussed anachronistic readings of Carolingian charters. It’s all about the livery of seisin! Or is it?

Learn about the gruesome end of Fra Dolcino, Apostle (Executed, 1307) and check out the report on the discovery of a fourteenth century painting in a historic Welsh chapel. Enjoy a little troubadour chansoneta at Unlocked Wordhoard!

Master Kong Reads the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Trashing Robert Ferguson’s Hammer and Cross might engage and Beachcombing explores how medieval Scotland took St. Andrew as a patron. Also, from the Medieval Garden Enclosed, a fascinating essay on Women and the Medieval Garden.

Karl Steel muses on Animals and Chaucer’s ‘Former Age’ at In the Medieval Middle while fifteenth century astronomy gets a new perspective in The Astronomical Revolution didn’t start here.

In a final flourish, see Leonardo’s designs brought to life in Jousting with (replica) Medieval Tanks at Strange History and consider some questions on late medieval jousters, again from Steve Muhlberger.

Did I miss a great blog post? Let me know in the comments and make sure to keep on nominating blog posts for the next edition of Carnivalesque (early modern), coming at Madame Guillotine‘s fine establishment!



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3 responses to “Carnivalesque 75

  1. Thanks for all these good posts. But note that Roger Pearse’s piece is on the tomb of a Greco-*Egyptian* priest (not Greco-Roman) and his papyrus codices. By the way, you might also look in at the almost contemporary ‘Underground Tomb of the Aureli’ in Rome — which I forgot to submit for Carnivalesque 75: Judith

    • jliedl

      Good distinction on the description there and I wish you had submitted your post for Carnivalesque. I tried to discover what I could but I obviously missed a bunch of great blog posts.

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