Ovid’s Metamorphoses: the Webcomic

Res Gerendae is proud to introduce a new and exciting project by our own resident pictor, Charles Northrop:

Ovid’s Metamorphoses: the webcomic! Here’s a taster…

Ovid Metamorphoses web comicCharlie aims to update every Monday. Check it out:


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Cambridge Classics Taster Day – 21 June

Latin - more fun than wrestling a goose!

Latin – more fun than wrestling a goose

Are you interested in studying Classics at university, but haven’t learned any Latin at school?

Come to the free Classics Taster Day in Cambridge on the 21st June!

For more information, and to register, see the Faculty website.

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Vikings: Life and Legend – Review

Vikings: Life and Legend

The British Museum’s first blockbuster exhibition in their new temporary exhibition gallery has been getting plenty of publicity, mostly about the arrival of the longest Viking longship ever discovered – or at least, the 20% of its wooden frame that survives, plus a reconstruction of the rest – from Denmark. A new gallery, a giant longship, and Vikings! How could a group of Classicists resist…?


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I’m Late to the Bandwagon Again: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Like many of my colleagues, my engagement with this century’s pop culture is rather erratic.  There are quite a few major crazes that have largely passed me by (wasn’t there something about a boy wizard a few years back?).

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London EpiDoc Workshop 2014

I spent the most of the last week at the Institute for Classical Studies attending a Digital Epigraphy Workshop in TEI-EpiDoc organised by the Department for Digital Humanities, King’s College London and hosted by Gabriel Bodard, Simona Stoyanova, and Charlotte Tupman.  My own interest in epigraphy as a linguist is from the data which I can extract from it to make historical and linguistic arguments, and so if I can find a way to process that data in a way that is more optimal than searching strings through the PHI Epigraphy database, or (dius fidius) manually scanning over volume after volume of print corpora, I would very much like to take advantage of that.  Hence my interest in the workshop, although going into it and with no prior experience of working with XML I wasn’t completely sure of what I was getting myself into.  In the end, however, it was entirely worth the time invested.

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BSA Knossos Postgraduate Pottery Course

Pots from the Heraklion Museum. Quiz: name the period!

Pots in the Heraklion Museum. Quiz: name the period!

Last year our Res Gerendae correspondent reported on the British School at Athens’ Epigraphy Course; this year it was the turn of the BSA’s Pottery Course, based at their site in Knossos, to receive a visit from RG. After an introductory day in which the Curator, Matthew Haysom, introduced us to ‘Trends in Pottery Studies’ and also, even more importantly, showed us how to get to the supermarket, we started the course proper: essentially, the eleven of us had just under two weeks to cover almost four thousand years’ worth of pottery, from the Late Neolithic to the Late Roman period. Continue reading

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The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations

As I think I may have mentioned once or twice, I was a Lego-mad child. Of all the things under the tree on Christmas morning, Lego was always the most prized. Like many, I ‘grew out of’ Lego in my teens, only to come back to it as I’ve got older and had more disposable income. That distinctive rattle of a cardboard box full of little plastic bricks still has a Pavlovian effect on me, equal measures calming and relaxing. The cares of the world slip away and the inner ten-year-old is unleashed.

I’ve always concentrated my Legoine affections primarily on Space and Castle Lego, with occasional forays into Pirates. When I visited my mum last December, I dragged eight boxes of Lego from the shed and spent Christmas afternoon rebuilding a Space-themed Christmas present of 20 years earlier. By last week, the Castle itch was reasserting itself and I decided to indulge. For the first time in many years I bought some new Lego – my first new Castle sets since childhood. And I made a discovery.

Lego has double-axes now. And cows.

From there it was a small, obligatory step to this.

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I showed it to other classicists and Aegean prehistorians, and calls for bull-leaping soon followed. Continue reading

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