My latest for Hyperallergic looks at the new, alleged gladiator cemetery found near the amphitheater in the town of Anazarbus. I have written on gladiators quite a bit over the years, since my PhD research focused so heavily on the legal stigma of infamia. Gladiators were one of many professions who endured this infamy in... Continue Reading →
Curious about the Beginning and End of the Olympics?
By Sarah E. Bond and Joel Christensen This post is cross-posted with Sententiae Antiquae. The 2020 Olympics, postponed because of COVID19, are due to start this week in Japan. They might be cancelled again, but the athletes have been training hard and Sarah E. Bond and I talked about the beginning, the end, and the tender parts... Continue Reading →
The Fall of the Roman Umpire: A Short History of Ancient Referees
At the Australian Open in 2008, tennis player Andy Roddick famously unleashed a tirade against court umpire Emmanuel Joseph, telling the crowd at one point: "Stay in school kids or you’ll end up being an umpire!" During the MLB playoffs this week, there were similarly slanderous remarks against the umpires uttered either directly to them, or muttered under the... Continue Reading →