Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

An eagle from Londinium

Several of today's newspapers have reports about the discovery and display at the Museum of London of a superb piece of Romano-British sculpture found by archaeologists in the City. It is of an eagle, gripping or devouring a serpent in its beak, and emblematic of Jupiter. Experts think that it probably comes from a tomb.


Two views of the eagle


There are articles from the Daily Mail, with a quote from my friend Prof Martin Henig at  Roman sculpture of eagle devouring serpent unearthed in London and from the Daily Telegraph there is both the article Exceptionally rare Roman statue unearthed in City of London and with a video at Video: 'Fantastic' Roman eagle sculpture found in London

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