The Old Men of Ancient Warfare

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Modern preconceptions of ancient warfare place significant emphasis on the virtues of youth. This is a clear misconception however, experience and teamwork counted for far more in battle. As I discovered, soldiers who fought into their sixties were not unheard of (e.g. the Silver Shields).

This articles discusses three examples of  the ‘elder generations‘ who excelled at the brutal art of ancient warfare.

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Alexander the Great Exhibition in Sydney 2012

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An exhibition on Alexander the Great is about to descend on the Australia Museum in Sydney from The State Hermitage in Russia.

The exhibit will display over 400 objects from classical antiquity relating to the reign of Alexander the Great.

Stricly for a limited time, this exhibition will open on November 24th 2012 and end on April 28th 2013.

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The Symbolism of the Athenian Owl

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It is often in unexpected places that we find references to classical antiquity. Today, while catching up on another favourite past time (comics), I stumbled upon a reference to classical Greece in a major story arc of Batman.

The reference was to the symbol of an Athenian Owl. Subsequent research revealed it to be a symbol for the goddess Athena, a popular coin in the ancient world and a natural predator of bats.

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The Walking Dead of Ancient Rome

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One of my all time favourite comics (and now television show by AMC) is The Walking Dead. The show depicts a post apocalyptic world filled with zombies (dead people) and the living fight for their own survival.

Fortuitously in the ‘real world’ we have no such interaction with the dead and they are placed firmly within the realms of fiction.

However, in Ancient Rome it was a completely different story. The living perceived a very real threat of the dead returning and sought measures to placate the restless spirits of those that had past.

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SEO and Digital Archaeology

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The AIRC Unlisted Conference recently featured a video on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) in Digital Archaeology. This naturally sparked my interest as someone who is interested in both archaeology and search engine optimisation.

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