Sunday 01Jun2014

It has been a while! It has been busy, but we hope to bring regularity back to our weekly updates. Here is a round-up of last week’s news in Classics.

In our Sol Day weekly comments post this week, we consider the relation between ancient and modern languages in schools’ curriculum: Ancient Languages and MFL: FML or FTW?

Sunday 01Jun2014 “Ambitious project bids to bring Latin back into the classroom” in Glasgow. <Herald Scotland>: “Maryport Roman settlement: Dig unearths ‘lost harbour'” BBC News: “Most Popular Professions in Ancient Greece” Greek Reporter: Project launch to ameliorate the situation of life after PhD:

    • “Initiative to Assist Ph.D.’s without Permanent Academic Positions” American Philological Association:


  •  The Hortensii project – Tackling the problems facing PhDs without permanent jobs Hortensii:



“Oise: découverte d’un sanctuaire romain exceptionnel” BFMTV: Imitation may not be the sincerest form of flattery…:

    • “China to demolish full-size Sphinx of Giza replica following complaints from Egypt” The Daily Mail:


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

“Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins” CoinWeek:

“Defending the liberal arts at graduation time” by Joy Connolly. American Philological Association:

“Pompeii faces doom (again): Can… EU bail-out save the ancient city from neglect, rain and Mafia?” The Independent:

“Who, What, Why: What language would Jesus have spoken?” BBC News:

“How the Ancient Greeks did wealth taxes” by Peter Jones. The Spectator:

“Top 5 representations of ancient Athens in film and TV” by . Pop Classics:

“Pythagoras: A Mysterious Personality, Religion and the Infamous Theorem” Greek Reporter:

“Mythological Motifs: Tests Set for Men to Win Brides” :

“Photoset: The Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae (Greece)” by . FOLLOWING HADRIAN:

“Bringing the Classics to life for our students, with Philip Walsh” :

“Laughter in Ancient Rome by Mary Beard, book review” Reviewed by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. The Independent:

“The rise and fall of the Macedonian Empire in pictures” by Ian Worthington. OUPblog:

“The Roman conquest of Greece, in pictures” by Robin Waterfield. OUPblog:

“Lily Allen’s Imperial Ambitions” by . Classically Inclined:


And in Spanish/Y en español:

“Del Foro al Museo. En el bimilenario de la muerte de Augusto” Blog de la Cultura y el Deporte de Andalucía:

“Descubrir la Tarragona romana” La Vanguardia:

“Curiosidades de los nombres romanos.” Ciencia historica:

“El teatro latino” :



Sunday 27Apr2014

Late April, post CA and post-holiday and we are suffering from some form of cold here at Classics Collective-central. In any case, it has been a while since we last brought you a round-up of news from the previous week and we are very happy to bring you that this week!

We love Greek Myth Comix here at Classics Collective so let us start with The Odyssey Book 9, courtesy to Greek Myth Comix.

Sunday 27Apr2014

Please reply to this consultation concerning the GCSE reforms:

Where Romans lead, problems follow:

  • “Ancient Rome’s tap water heavily contaminated with lead, researchers say” The Guardian:

There are deep-rooted problems facing Rome and a turnaround is swiftly required:

  • “New Mayor in Rome Seeks to Prevent Further Decline in City” DER SPIEGEL:

Some good news in terms of restoration from Pompeii; some not so good news:

  • “Three restored Pompeii domus unveiled” ANSA:
  • “Pompeii “Exposed and Vulnerable” to Neglect and the Elements” acc. to Ingrid D Rowland. National Geographic:

Happy Birthday Rome!

  • Photos – “Legionaries, Gladiators and dances: Imperial Forum re-echoes the birth of Rome” La Repubblica:

Some “before and after” shots and a report on progress on restoration:

  • “Rome’s Colosseum Gets a Badly Needed Restoration” Wall Street Journal:

“HBO developing Ridley Scott series about ancient aliens in Egypt: The A.V. Club:

“Archaeologists hope to discover more Roman writing tablets at Vindolanda Roman Fort” Culture24:

“British Academy fears for humanities in open access world” Times Higher Education:

What would Odysseus think…

Special #CA14 Nottingham supplement

Blog posts

Nottingham – a two-paper booking on my PhD road show” by . Mair’s PhD Odyssey …:

“The Classical Association Conference 2014 – Nottingham” by . Classically Inclined:

“Classical Association 2014 and Beyond the Phalanx” by Sonya Nevin. Panoply Blog:

Storify – tweets collected onto a page

eLearning Part I (with image, tweet)” by . Storify (MairLloyd):

Storify – “ Defining Classical Scholarship (with tweet)” by . Storify (MairLloyd):

: Storytelling, historical authenticity and ‘Three'” by . Storify (UniofNottingham):

“Classical Association – Multifaceted Lucian (with tweet)”  by Cressida Ryan Storify (CressidaRyan):

Storify of the Twitter conversation #latinlangchat, which refers back to #CA14

about ~ 25/4/2014 (with tweet)” Storify ():


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

Darius Arya is posting a series of video reports on Rome:

Ancient beauty tips:

Ancient information technology:

“What Did Byzantine Food Taste Like?” Iris:

“Game of Thrones & Ancient Rome: Part I” Latin Language Blog:

“From Tarsus to Wales: the earliest Greek in Britain?” by Edith Hall. The Edithorial:

“Catiline — redivivus” by . A Don’s Life:

“Double take on Augustus: at the Grand Palais” by A Don’s Life:

“Marcus Aurelius and Junius Rusticus” Stoicism and the Art of Happiness:

“Winnie the Pooh and Aristotle on Nature” History of Philosophy without any gaps:

“Classics Professor and Veterans Read Homer” Dartmouth Now:

“Ancient lives” – Oxford Impacts videos, with Professor Dirk Obbink. University of Oxford:

A worthwhile project is now fundraising so that it could tell the story to the world:

Dates for the diary

 “CSCP Annual Conference” 7Jun. £ CLC:

 workshops for KS2 teachers interested in offering Latin/Greek. :

“Free Taster Day in Latin and Classics” for prospective applicants, 21Jun. Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge:

And in Spanish/Y en español:

“Safo reencontrada” :

“Adriano y su pasión por la cultura griega” National Geographic España:

“Epicuro, un remedio para la crisis” EL PAÍS:

“La mujer romana a comienzos del Imperio” :

“Constantinopla en la Antigüedad Tardía (I)” :

“Hermes, guía de las almas difuntas” :

“La crátera de Nióbides (I): reconstrucción de la pintura griega del período clásico” :

“De la sibila de Delfos a la Virgen de Covadonga” EL PAÍS:

“Mito instantáneo” griegodesiloé:



Sunday 06Apr2014

It’s been a while! It has been so busy in the last week of term that I haven’t really tweeted much. Now that Easter holiday (i.e. flexitime working) has arrived this is the round-up of whatever Classics news we have found, last week.


Sunday 06Apr2014

“Hadrian’s balls-up: University of York red-faced after it uses the wrong Roman emperor in new logo” The Independent:

“Saudi royal family could pay for restoration of Roman monuments” The Daily Telegraph:

“What happened next? As Roman exhibition comes to an end… Norfolk’s role in the fall of the Empire” Eastern Daily Press:

“A Memorial Inscription’s Grim Origins” Virgil on Ground Zero. The New York Times:


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

“Song of the Sirens” by . Armand D’Angour website:

“The Tao of Thucydides” by . Sphinx blog:

“Artefact – Model sailing ship with crew” by . David Allsop Classics:

“Teaching at Royal Holloway – a reflection” by . Classically Inclined:

“Learning to Love…Ovid!” by Elaine Sanderson. A Day in the Life of a Classics Undergraduate:


And in Spanish/Y en español:

Lee: “El mal uso del latín: por favor, no pisen al muerto” ZoomNews:

Lee/Ve: “Las luchas de gladiadores vuelven al Anfiteatro Romano de Mérida” Europa Press:

Lee: “Hipno y Tánato” :


Sunday 23Mar2014

Pompeii seems to be crumbling… and for all the promises by the different ministers of different regimes, what needs to be lacking, the news of damage and theft, is sadly not lacking. Here is the round-up of last week’s news in Classics.

Sunday 23Mar2014

A fresco is stolen from Pompeii.

And therefore…

Meanwhile, the war in Syria has faded out of the news, but it still causes damage:

“Britain’s earliest known Roman irrigation unearthed in Cambridge” Cambridge News:

“2,000-year-old Roman sculpture unearthed in Lincoln garden” Lincolnshire Echo:

“The latest on the Lion Tomb at Amphipolis” by . Dorothy King’s PhDiva:

The Gaza Apollo is still missing:

  • “Gaza Apollo will not go to Louvre” and whereabouts unknown. Art Newspaper:

“Ancient Greek Trireme Used for the Movie “300”” Greek Reporter:

Read: “The Cambridge don who taught Mary Beard ‘what it is to learn'” <Cambridge News>:

The Joint Library has new lockers!:

  • “New Lockers!” Joint Library of the Hellenic & Roman Societies / Institute of Classical Studies Library:

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

“I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome…, at the Grand Palais in Paris, review: ‘dazzling and charismatic'” <Telegraph>

“Problems with the Crimea — ancient style” by . A Don’s Life:

“Disappearing into thin air” by . Romans remembering disappearance. Reading Latin – Latin Reading:

“Studying the Book of the Dead at Reading” by Nick West. Classics at Reading:

“Popular Culture and the Democratisation of Classics, with Tony Keen” Classics Confidential:

“Ovid the naturalist” by Jane Alison. OUPblog:

“Ancient Rome in So Many Words: Crepundia” by Chris Francese :

“Libya’s Ancient Borders” by Josephine Quinn. LRB blog:

“What’s in a fragment?” by . David Allsop Classics:

“Nestor and Indo-European Twin Myths, with Douglas Frame” Hour 25, Harvard:




Sunday 02Mar2014

Rain has damaged a significant amount of masonry in Pompeii. It seems the new minister is taking the issue seriously and we hope that there will be less news similar to this in the future – if this persist, when can we seriously consider unearthing more of Pompeii or similar sites? Here are the rest of the news from last week.

Sunday 02Mar2014

A school for gladiators discovered at the edge of empire:

  • “Gladiator School Discovery Reveals Hard Lives of Ancient Warriors” National Geographic: 

A house, discovered near to the heart of empire:

Rain causes damage at Pompeii. See our summary (the first link) for further links:

Homeland security takes action to seize sarcophagus lid obtained by foul means:

  • “Ancient Roman ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Statue Heading Home After Being Seized By U.S. Authorities” CBS New York 

Is the UK being haughty:

Well done to University of Reading’s department and Matthew Nicholls and it’s good that their work has been recognised:

  • Teaching Excellence Winner: University of Reading” Project: Virtual Rome The Guardian Higher Education Network: 

“Headington pupils’ school mosaic inspired by Romans” Oxford Mail: 

“Roman road in İzmir’s ancient site Agora opens” Hurriyet Daily News: 

“Are the crowds in Ukraine reviving an ancient Roman tradition?” BBC News: 

“Digs on Nottingham tram route unearth evidence of Romans at Lenton” Nottingham Post: 

“Archaeologists uncover remains of Roman road in Sedlescombe” The Argus: 

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

“The Olympic Games in Ancient Rome” Latin Language Blog: 

“Vindolanda” – a travelogue. By Cressida Ryan. Weekend Notes: 

“The pleasures of Lille” by Mary Beard. Many classical beaux arts. A Don’s Life: 

“The Latest Scheme for the Parthenon by Mary Beard” <New York Review of Books>: 

“The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations: res gerendae: 

“Did the Romans really speak Latin sir?” by Andy Keen. Keener Classics: 

“Zoophilia Ancient and Modern” by Edith Hall. The Edithorial: 

“Aristotle on Happiness” by Neel Burton. YT (Neel Burton): 

“4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier” The Week: 

“The Power of Song and Music at Pompeii” by Peter Kruschwitz. Reading Latin – Latin Reading: 

“The Odyssey/Penelope Retold review – ‘Ithaca becomes a haven of nightclubs'” The Guardian: 

“Thucydides in Sevastopol” The Crimean crisis through Thucydidies, by Neville Morley. Sphinx blog: 

For your diary…

“A day’s introduction to Sanskrit” 09Jul, London. The Classics Library: 

“Michael Scott – Delphi” 6:45pm, 25Mar. £ Heffers Classics 

“Robin Waterfield in conversation with Paul Cartledge” 6:30pm, 01Apr. £ Heffers Classics: 

And in Spanish/Y en español:

“Calígula: La invención del emperador loco” Tempora: 

“Incautan en Nueva York tapa de sarcófago romano” El Diario Mexico: 

“El mayor parque arqueológico español ya es visitable de forma gratuita en Cartagena” Turismo en Cartagena: 

“Arqueología en vivo en el Barrio del Foro Romano” a Cartagena. Murcia: 

“Melampo el Mercader: La boda de Corónide (I)” por Aristides Minguez. Paprl de periodico: 

“La muerte de Sarpedón” Animasmundi: 

“Ingeniería romana funcionando en el 2.000” via @breviaria. La túnica de Neso: 



Sunday 23Feb2014

We are children of the revolution!

We begin this review with a video organised by Arístides Mínguez and the SEEEC (the Spanish counterpart of the Classical Association) citing, rather humorously, the benefits of Latin. The first item in the news is the fact that our letter, which calls for recognition of Classical Civilisation by EBacc, has been published by the Sunday Times. Our report on the letter was commented by Ken Pickering, the instigator of the letter, which is well worth a read. Ken also deserves plaudits for his effort.

This is one bumper edition of Sunday, our (now slightly late) bulletin of last week’s news in Classics.

— Classics Collective (@ClassColl) febrero 21, 2014

Sunday 16Feb2014

The Sunday Times has published the letters by a a range of Classicists all passionate for Classical Civilisation as a GCSE subject:

The Gaza saga goes on:

A new site has been found in Veneto:

A major restoration process is to begin:

An amateur treasure hunter, armed with a metal detector, has found a hoard in a manner that was illegal under German law. The hoard appear to be significant, even Wagnerian according to The Independent:

  • “Amateur treasure hunter finds Roman gold hoard” The Local: 
  • “Amateur discovers Roman-era German treasure linked to Wagnerian Nibelung legend” The Independent: 

Following last week’s Roman emperor tube map, this week it’s the turn of the Underworld:

  • “London Underground tube map re-imagined as the Ancient Greek underworld” The Independent: 

I do hope the answer is no, even if it might be the easier option for an optimal environment:

Perseus texts might be on the change:

The Viking exhibition is coming:

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

On Univeristy of Nottingham’s departmental blog, a review of the Aristophanes plays in London recently:

  • “Aristophanes in London” reviewed by Oliver Thomas. Argonauts and Emperors: 

On Reading University’s blog, Peter Kruschwitz writes pieces that are always worth reading:

Do we need a more nuanced view of the antiquities across the world?:

It has to be a male-slave hero for a Hollywood film, doesn it?:

Edith Hall on rhetoric, and how she was advised that rhetoric preferably not of the left kind:

“The Greek periplus: from a naviagtional instrument to a narrative technique.” (Article in Spanish):

“Ulysses: the myth and the beauty” with José Emilio Burucúa. In Spanish:

An excellent interview (in Spanish) on words relating to Rome or Romance:

  • “Palabras: Roma, romance, románico” Para todos La 2. A la Carta: 

Yo, Claudius! The indluence of I, Claudius. Article in Spanish:

“The Palatine Hill and Propaganda: the House of Augustus” American Insititue for Roman Culture: 

“A Short History of Byzantium” by Liz James. History Today: 

“The Persecution of Christians in Eusebius” Graeco Muse: 

“Silver Men” of the age of Silver Latin. Translation Scrapbook: 

“New lamps for old…” On making Roman lamp. minimus_latin: 

“Court on a beach? (Edit with answer!)” by Andy Keen. Keener Classics: 

“Roman ice-cream” Andy Keen: 

“Early Roman Oral Traditions” by David Allsop. David Allsop Classics blog: 

“Cupid and Psyche” by David Allsop. David Allsop Classics: 

“Heracles and the Lernian Hydra” by David Allsop. David Allsop Classics: 

“Hesiod and Plato on Prometheus” by Neel Burton. Outre monde: 

“Panorama or zoom? Two methods of teaching Myth” APA: 

“Housesteads Roman Fort” Cressida Ryan. Weekend Notes: 

“Athens 237-9; Alcibiades 48no” and crucket, by Neville Morley. Sphinx: 

“The First Computers, Lasers, Robots, And More: Ancient Innovations From Our Distant Ancestors” Fast Company: 

For your diary…

“Charlotte Higgins” 8-9pm, 02Mar, Bath. £ Bath Literature Festival: 

“Charlotte Higgins and Peter Stothard” 4:30-5:30pm, 02Mar, Bath. £  Bath Literature Festival: 

“Natalie Haynes” 4:30-5:30pm, 09Mar, Bath. £  Bath Literature Festival: 

“Join our Trojan Army” for theatrical performance in Manchester. Royal Exchange Theatre: 

And in Spanish/Y en español:

Ve: “Palabras: Roma, romance, románico” Para todos La 2. A la Carta: 

Ve/See: “ROMAMOR” ¡No lo perda! ¿Por qué latín? A must-watch! Why Latin? Video in Spanish. YT (Arístides Mínguez): 

Lee: “‘Yo, Claudio’, el triunfo de la inteligencia” Blogs EL PAÍS: 

Lee: “Los periplos Griegos: De instrumento de navegación a narración de ficción.” Tempora: 

Lee: “Ulises: el mito y la belleza” con José Emilio Burucúa. Ñ 

Lee: “León ha sacado a la luz 300.000 restos romanos en 200 excavaciones en 17 años” El Diario de León: 

Escucha: “Preguntas a la historia – Agentes secretos en el Estado romano” A la Carta: 

Lee: “Nos quitan el foro” La plaza = el foro? Via Domingo Vallejo. La Marea: 

Lee: “Tenemos el verdadero ‘garum’ de Pompeya” Una entrevista. El Diario de Cordoba: 

Lee: “Melampo, el Mercader: El Parto” por Aristide Minguez. @pdperiodico: 

Lee: “‘Yo, Claudio’, el triunfo de la inteligencia” Blogs EL PAÍS: 

Lee: “De cuando Canarias pudo recibir a los romanos” El Diario de Las Palmas: 

Ve: “La Viagra de los antiguos romanos.” La Verdad: 


Sunday 16Feb2014

George Clooney advocated the return of Elgin Marbles in a rather off-the-cuff remark in response to a journalist. If only he has his morning Nespresso, as it now dominates over the promotion on his new film, Monuments Men.

Sunday 16Feb2014

An amazing discover of a school from the Roman era was made in Egypt, which surely must highlight the importance of proper preservation in Egypt:

A very important petition highlighting the importance of Classical Civilisation as a subject was written last week. It has been sent to The Sunday Times and it remains to be seen if it will be published next Sunday:

Some excellent poetry here, well worth a read:

The case of the Apollo statue, allegedly found in the sea of Gaza, goes on. At least it didn’t go beyond eBay…:

George Clooney’s comment at Berlin Festival supporting the return of the Elgin Marbles has caused ripples. If you do read the articles (and the poll) below, we recommend having a look at the comments:

  • “Bill Murray backs George Clooney over Elgin Marbles” BBC News: 
  • “George Clooney needs to look to his own marbles, says Boris Johnson” London Evening Standard: 
  • Poll: “Is George Clooney correct? Should Britain return the Elgin marbles?” The Guardian: 
  • “Tiffany Jenkins: Parthenon marbles should stay” The Scotsman: 

If it is to be built, HS2 could lead to the unearthing of much antiquities, from the Roman era or otherwise:

  • “HS2 – what to expect: The biggest dig for ancient treasures and prehistoric beasts in UK history” Bucks Herald 

Insciption found in modern Iran:

New findings reveal differing messages from the nudes of the two sexes in Roman mosaics:

  • “Research analyzes the cultural construction of nudes in Roman mosaics.” HeritageDaily: 

As new history is created in war, history is lost by the cowardly extremists:

  • “The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists” The Independent: 

But there is good news for preservation in Varna:

  • “Bulgaria’s Roman Baths to Be Restored – Varna Mayor Pledges” Novinite: 

A new exhibition at the Isle of Wight:

A Simon Armitage play “The Last Days of Troy” is going on stage at Manchester from May:

Mary Beard delivers an important lecture on “The Public Voice of Women” with reference to antiquity from Penelope onwards. The lecture will be made available soon:



How not to release a ground-breaking and genuine piece of new:

It was Valentine’s Day (and I hope you did remember, if you needed to):


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


“Saving the Villa of the Mysteries” On conservation. Can we excavate more of Pompeii? Archaeology: 

“Winter Olympic oddities are the real heroes at Sochi” by @LASwiftClassics. #Sochi Conversation: 

“Ancient Rome’s fraudulent foreign students” by Peter Jones. The Spectator: 

“What Emperor Augustus left us” by Roderick Conway Morris. The Spectator: 

Review by Andrew Worley of “”Travels in Elysium” by William Azuski” Origins: 

“Do you see what I see?” on The Body Sphere. Ancient perception of colours with Mark Bradley. ABC: 

“Virgil on Twitter” by Andy Keen (with apologies to Virgil, Book IV). Keener Classics: 

“New Sappho: not for Valentine’s Day!” Argonauts and Emperors blog: 

“The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism” by Shadi Bartsch. HuffPost – The Blog: 

“The Latest Scheme for the Parthenon” by Mary Beard. The New York Review of Books (paywall): 

“Review: Clouds” The Tab London: 

“Romans in Clackmannanshire, Part II”  by Adrian Murdoch. Bread and Circus blog: 

“Succession and the Aurei of Mark Antony, 13/02/14” Coins at Warwick: 

“Janet Glassbrook: The Mysterious Miss G and the Case of the Roman Brothel” TrowelBlazers: 

“Language-Focused Summer Programs in Italy and Greece” American Philological Association: 

For your diary…

Finds from Crossrail excavations now on display:


And in Spanish/Y en español:

“La larga noche de verano de los etruscos” El País SemanalEL PAÍS: 

“La USC suma a Euclides y Platón a su colección de clásicos del pensamiento” La Vox de Galicia: 

“El Templo Romano abre de nuevo y amplía el horario de visitas” El Dia de Córdoba: 

“La excavación en la villa romana de la Sagrera se prolongará hasta mayo” La Vanguardia: 

“La muerte de un hombre justo (V)” por Aristides Minguez. Papel de Periodico: 

“El abastecimiento al ejército romano durante el Imperio (I)” Tempora: 

“Los gálatas (II): ¿tribu o Estado?” Tempora: 

“El secreto de sus ojos” Sobre referentes clásicos de canción del rapero Shé. Secretos de Argos: