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    purveyor of pearls Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert pearlescence's Avatar
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    Default Gaius Attilius Euhodes

    We ply an ancient craft we pearl sellers.
    I was watching a documentary series on the BBC last week and the Oxford prof who has made it was reading out the inscription on a roadside tomb marker for one Gaius Attilius Euhodes. He was a pearl seller in ancient rome.
    I have asked Dr Beard if she can furnish any more details but it makes me just a little warm to think of the connection through time.
    We are margaretarius and margaretaria(if I have the latin right (it is 47 years since I studied latin)
    The clip is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode..._Lead_to_Rome/
    and right at the end - 56.43.

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    That is fascinating! Wish I could see the video clip but I got this message:

    Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only, but all BBC iPlayer Radio programmes are available to you.

    ...with a clickable link for the explanation.

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    Go Wendy!!! Go Gaius!!!
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    Eeeeeeeeee! Is this the professor who explored/excavated a churchyard (well, somebody's yard, maybe it was a pub) and uncovered the site of a burial of massacred roman soldiers, buried in 'Disgraced' attitudes? It made me want to be right there in the mud, AND hoof it to an ancient's library.

    Rats. I can't get it either. Well, maybe we should hoof it to the Local[ library instead of an Ancient's library.
    Last edited by lisa c; 04-21-2012 at 11:54 PM.

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    I so want to see. Well Wendy perhaps we can read about it instead. Fascinating.

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    Can't see it either....but the story is definitely fascinating.

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Size:  53.3 KBDr Beard sent me a photo of the stone. I'll see later if I can find the clip on youtube or the like.
    Dr Beard is a classicist at Oxford, not an archaeologist (no excavating)

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    That fits! The professor wasn't excavating, another woman was, and this woman was i think a forensic medical examiner with a team. They were versed in violent death, I think one of the groups that work around the world at scenes of traumatic death (massacres included) and mass burial.

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    Further info
    the stone is on the Via Appia... which is now an archaeological 'zone'... A new book on the Appian Way (by R Kaster) explains EXACTLY where it is. But basically you leave Rome by the Porta San Sebastiano and its a few kilometres out. The important thing to know is that the first kilometre is a horrible traffic rat run, then it gets nicely rustic..

    The tomb is on the left as you leave Rome

    Basically the stone says
    'I entreat you, traveler, don't damage this tomb in any way. Gaius Atilius Euhodus, freedman of Serrano, seller of pearls on the Via Sacra, lies in this monument.Traveler farewell...

    So any pearl folk in rome, please call in and say hello, and show Gaius your pearls. What changes he will see (but all those naturals he sold!)
    if anyone can tell me (shhhhh) how to get the clip off the BBC website I will - or you can find out if/when Meet the Romans will be available in your country

    more details http://www.romeartlover.it/Shops.html
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    This is fascinating stuff, Wendy. I swear I was in the surrounds. And why didn't I ever discover a website like that when I was Rome last year?