Sunday 26Jan2014

So it has been a busy week, another year older in an age where age becomes irrelevant. I wonder if it is the same for the Crosby Garrett Roman helmet? It’s work at the Tullie House is done, for now, and it will be exhibited at the British Museum. But it may yet return… watch this space.

Sunday 12Jan2014

The Crosby Garrett helmet has left Carlisle for London. In its time in the North West it has drawn visitors from everywhere:

Should we free up sponsorship to help upkeep of heritage in Italy and Greece?

One flood that has been beneficial:

On the proposed merger of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) and the Classical Association (CA), with link to a consultation:

Gruesome child sacrifice of the Carthaginians:

  • “Carthaginians sacrificed own children, archaeologists say” The Guardian: 
  • “Ancient Greek stories of ritual child sacrifice in Carthage are TRUE, study claims” Daily Mail: 

Ancient Roman Infanticide Didn’t Spare Either Sex:

  • “Ancient Roman Infanticide Didn’t Spare Either Sex” Discovery News: 
  • “Ancient Roman Infanticide Didn’t Spare Either Sex, DNA Suggests” LiveScience: 

“Take a sneak peak at rehearsals in our promotional video!” UCL Greek Play blog: 

“Bringing Latin to life for Spalding students” Spalding Guardian: 

“(Extract from) Education: Foreign Language Teaching: Hse of Lords Question for Short Debate” JACT: 

Excavations at Ilkley:

  • “New excavations take place at Ilkley’s Roman fort” Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 
  • “Dig gets under way to find out more about Ilkley’s Roman past” Ilkley Gazette: 

“Ingleby Barwick Roman villa: Rich history goes on public display” <Gazette Live>: 

Sunday’s Supplements – blogs, comments and other occasional pieces

“Diagnosing Mental Illness in Ancient Greece and Rome” The Atlantic: 

“Prado Museum analyses the rise, evolution and decline of the subject of the “Furias”” Art Daily: 

“Alexander’s Visit to Troy” The Second Achilles: 

“Penelopiad” A poem with video. Vimeo: 

“How women’s wisdom was lost” by Bettany Hughes. The Guardian: 

Watch: “The Dark Side of Democracy, with David Pritchard” Classics Confidential: 

“The secret history of the Parthenon” New York Post: 

“I Liked It So Much I Bought The Publisher” by Neville Morley. Sphinx: 

“The Unofficial Ancient Roman Monster Survival Guide” Latin Language blog: 

“La barbe ne fait pas le philosophe… la sandale d’Empédocle, si !” Le Monde: 


Sunday 19Jan2014

Here we present last week’s news in Classics, and it seems to have been a week rich in archaeology.

Sunday 19Jan2014

Those blood-thirty Romans and the skulls that they left behind:

  • “Gladiators or Roman battle trophies?” On blood-thirsty findings in London. The Independent: 
  • “London skulls reveal gruesome evidence of Roman head hunters” The Guardian: 
  • “Skulls suggest Romans in London enjoyed human blood sports” Natural History Museum: 

“Turkey’s archaeology doyenne dies aged 98” Hurriyet Daily News: 

On the return of the Riace Bronze warriors to their refurbished home and its effect on the local economy:

“Pick up a Roman Emperor at Bellmans auction” Midhurst and Petworth Observer:

“Shock after Pompeii relic put up for sale on eBay” The Local: 

“Ancient Roman Coins realises $1,700,000 at New York Auction” Yareah: 

“British Museum gets record 6.7m visitors for 2013” BBC News: 

On the upcoming “Roman Empire: People and Power” exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum:

  • “One careless Roman.. one Norfolk wonder find” Norwich Advertiser: 
  • “Photo gallery: 15 things you didn’t know about the Romans” Eastern Daily Press: 


“The Last Days of Troy” from 10Jun, Shakespeare’s Globe. 

“Classics Taster Day” for yr10s+11s interested in Classics degree. 21Feb, Balliol College, Oxford. Booking required by 25Jan. 

“Can Privatization Save the Treasures of Ancient Greece?” TIME: 

Sunday’s Supplements – blogs, comments and other occasional pieces

“11 Colorful Phrases From Ancient Roman Graffiti” Mental Floss: 

“Top 10 Classical Musicals” by Juliette Harrisson Pop Classics: 

“Sarah Sands: A Roman hero can still teach us about politics” London Evening Standard: 

“My new book: the opening rounds” by Mary Beard. A Don’s Life: 

“London’s Best Ruins” Londonist: 

“Atlantis Insider Special” #Atlantis behind-the-scenes. BBC America: 

“Ancient Roman Movies in 2014 and Beyond Latin Language and Culture Blog: 

“Features: My Experiences of Stoicism by Helen Rudd” Stoicism Today: 

“My Experience of Stoicism: Part Two, by Helen Rudd” Stoicism Today: 

“Byzantine insularity in the early Dark Ages” Roger Pearse: 

And in Spanish/y en español:

“Papirólogos descubren nuevos versos atribuidos a Safo” Portal Clásico: 

“Toledo, la Roma española” ABC 

“Clau-Clau-Claudio ¿Un emperador despreciado por la historiografía?” Tempora: 


Sunday 12Jan2014

I hope everyone was not too affected by the weather in the last week. Here is the round-up of Classics news from the first complete week of January.

By the way the Joint Association of Classical Teachers has a brand new website. Do visit: 

Sunday 12Jan2014

“Ancient Mycenaeans Used Portable Grills at Their Picnics” LiveScience: 

“Volunteers needed to dig deep at Roman fort” <Shields Gazette> 

It seems wine has let to Alexander’s downfall:

  • “Toxic wine led to Greek tragedy: NZ scientist” The New Zealand Herald: 
  • The academic paper: “Was the death of Alexander the Great due to poisoning? Was it Veratrum album?” Clinical Toxicology 

“Restoring the Palace of Philip II at Aigai” Αρχαιολογία: 

“Greek architecture inspires Va student art project” The News Tribune:

“Classics Taster Day” for year r10s+11s interested in Classics, Archaeology and Humanities degrees. 21Feb, Balliol College, University of Oxford. Booking required. 

Sunday’s Supplements – blogs, comments and other occasional pieces

“It’s All Greek” On the treasure trove of the shop It’s All Greek by the British Museum written by Caroline Lawrence. The History Girls: 

“Scappi’s Chestnut Torte and Polyphemus’ Song” naso’s song blog: 

“Poem of the week: Gerard Manley Hopkins translates Horace” The Guardian 

“Ancient and modern: Ovid on selfies” The Spectator 

“The Man Who Abolished Classics” by Edith Hall, on Theodosius I. The Edithorial: 

“Taken for Granted” Were the Romans really obsessed with frugality? Asks Neville Morley. Sphinx blog: 

“Ancient libraries and their dangers” by Helen King. Wonders & Marvels blog: 

“Dura virum nutrix” The motto explained by Armand D’Angour. Armand D’Angour: 

“Zeus in China?” Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog:

“Roman Dining: You Are What You Eat” Latin Language Blog: 

“Top 10 Roman Forts in Britain” HeritageDaily: 

“How we made the Romans app for iPad, iPhone and Andoird” Guardian Professional: 

“Homer and Greek Epic” On self-learning epic. Teaching Yourself Latin and Greek – Notes of an Autodidact: 

“Roman mining in Romania” Looting Matters:  #ClassArch

“Walking Among the Etruscans” The Epoch Times 

“Roman currency: How a cow became a coin” Daily Astorian: 

“Plautus on Immigration and Domestic Policy” by Peter Kruschwitz. Reading Latin – Latin Reading blog: 


Sunday 05Jan2014

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a festive season. It seems we here in the UK and those in the US, particularly attendees to the joint annual meeting of APA and AIA at Chicago, suffered greatly from inclement weather. Description of a Polar Vortex is enough to send a chill down anyone’s spine. Whether you need some diversion from the weather or are just interested in the going-ons in the Classical world, here is the round up of last week’s news in Classics.


We happen to be marching past and found this poster.

Sunday 29Dec2013

It’s 2000 years since Augustus’ death… well not quite, as he did die in August. Expect much celebrations and events this year – Mary Beard has been to Rome to look at the flagship Augustus exhibition:

Rome Report also reported from the exhibition:

Michael Gove claims that students lack chronology, though with so much overlapping chronology between Greece and Rome I wonder if chronology would be a good guide there:

  • “Ancient history is all Greek to children today, claims Michael Gove” The Daily Telegraph: 

Latin is all going on in Anglia!:

Giraffe meat for dinner, anyone? On the diet of the poor (or “chavs” for Mail readers) in Pompeii:

The sea routes were used extensively by the Romans from the Pilars of Hercules past our channel to the North Sea, according to findings:

  • “Los arqueólogos confirman un importante comercio atlántico en época romana” La Vanguardia 
  • “Archaeologists confirm existence of an important Atlantic trade in the Roman era” A translation of the article of the above link. ClassColl via La Vanguardia: 

“Centuries old tombs to remain under road” Hurriyet Daily News: 

“Roman aqueduct volunteers tap into history beneath their feet” Los Angeles Times 

“Roman sarcophagi unearthed at construction site” Anadolu Agency: 

“Ancient Greek Technology Exhibit in Chania” Greek Reporter: 

“Archaeological Finds in Private Plot in Athens to Become Accessible to Public” Greek Reporter: 

A crowdfunding campaign for preserving heritage has begun at Paestum.

  •  “Crowdfunding campaign for Italian heritage site” On Paestumanita. France 24 
  • “Une campagne en ligne pour sauver le patrimoine italien” On Paestumanita. France24 

“Year in digs: How 2013 looked in archaeology” BBC News: 

“A Roman Village at the Edge of Empire: Ingleby Barwick’s rich heritage revealed in new report” Gazette Live: 

“Syrian refugees stage Euripides’ ‘The Trojan Women’” Financial Times 

“UC Research Uncovers How Ancient Artists Used Palace Floor as a Creative Canvas” University of Cicinnati: 

“Tomb of chief beer-maker discovered in Egypt’s Luxor” Al-Ahram: 

Sunday’s Supplements – blogs, comments and other occasional pieces

Happy New Year! A few things related to the beginning of the year:

“Roman Architecture” Online course with Diana Kleiner, from 16Jan. Coursera 

“A Podcasting Approach to Greek and Latin Orality” Dickinson College Commentaries: 

“Aelius – Forgotten Prince” by Gareth Harney. ROMA INVICTA blog: 

“Polo on Alexander on Polo” by Llewelyn_Morgan. On balls, and the Great. Lugubelinus blog: 

“The Vomitorium Myth” On egresses. Alberti’s Window: 

“Paint It Black? Understanding Black Figure Pottery” Ancient History Encyclopedia: 

“The Hobbit in Latin: A Must Have Gift!” Latin Language Blog: 

“Some notes on the bindings of ancient codices” Roger Pearse blog: 

“Necropolis” On Roman burial sites. Lapham’s Quarterly:

“Book review: The Song of Achilles” blogged by Liz Gloyn. Classically Inclined blog: 

“What’s in a Word? ‘Anesthesia’ From Ancient Greece to 1846, and Beyond” Pain Medicine News:

“Eighth Anniversary for Bread & Circuses” Happy anniversary! Bread & Circuses blog: 

“Plato’s Symposium” on In Our Time, with Angie Hobbs, Richard Hunter & Frisbee Sheffield. BBC iPlayer: 

“23 Classical figures who are still alive” What those characters would be like in the modern world, by Andy Keen. Keener Classics blog: 

“Grave Goods – Tom Holland.” A desert island-style interview with Tom Holland by Henry Rothwell. Digital Digging: