The Temple of Portunus in Rome

By Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker / 12.09.2015 Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies Binghamton University Temple of Portunus (formerly known as Fortuna Virilis), travertine, tufa, and stucco, c. 120-80 B.C.E., Rome The Temple of Portunus is a well preserved late second or early first century B.C.E. rectangular temple in Rome, Italy. Its dedication to the God[…]

The Etruscan Mars of Todi

Mars of Todi, late 5th or early 4th century B.C.E., hollow-cast bronze, 141 cm high (Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Vatican Museums) By Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker / 12.09.2015 Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies Binghamton University The religious sanctuaries of ancient Italy were busy and multi-faceted places, playing roles not only in religion and ritual, but also[…]

The Cinematic After-Life of an Unidentified Skeleton

Halloween skeleton from PublicDomanPictures.net By Dolly Stolze / 10.20.2017 I recently read an article by John Squires, published in 2014, over at Halloween Love about how Dawn of the Dead unintentionally featured a real dead person.  Some of the movie crew rented what they probably thought was a fake skeleton from a costume shop when they filmed in Pittsburgh in 1978.  But[…]

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll

Self-portait taken by Dodgson, circa 1895 – Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin The author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland remains to this day an enigmatic figure. Jenny Woolf explores the joys and struggles of this brilliant, secretive, and complex man, creator of one of the world’s best-loved stories. By Jenny Woolf / 07.09.2014 When Charles L. Dodgson was[…]