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The Classics Christmas Charts
Classics and pop culture / Random thoughts / The Common Room / Weird and Wonderful

The Classics Christmas Charts

As term draws to an end, as Cambridge receives its first wintry snowfall of the year and as Christmas draws ever nearer, how do Cambridge Classics postgrads keep themselves occupied? Without our weekly dose of seminars, teaching and Faculty yoga, what keeps us ticking? The answer, it turns out, is a bit of festive fun: … Continue reading

Review: Romano-Germanic Museum, Cologne
Archaeology / Museums / Reviews / Travel

Review: Romano-Germanic Museum, Cologne

When I’ve not been busy visiting Christmas markets, eating Currywurst, or wearing Lederhosen, I’ve been using my weekends in the Rhine-Ruhr region to do a bit of sightseeing. Although you might not expect it from the heart of industrial Germany, there’s certainly plenty on offer here for the ancient historian or archaeologist. Bonn’s LVR-LandesMuseum, for … Continue reading


GIS 17/11 – The roles of women in the Trojan war and of the chorus in the Oresteia

Marc Bonaventura opened last week’s GIS with an analysis of the role of women in “De Excidio Troiae Historia”. This account of the Trojan War is presented in the form of a historiographical prose composition attributed to Dares Phrygius which is thought to be a 5th century AD Latin adaptation of a Greek original written … Continue reading

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar / History / Linguistics

GIS 10/11 – Sardinian ‘misspellings’ and Religious (mis)handling in the 4th c. CE

On Friday 10th November, the GIS hosted two talks that continued the strong interdisciplinary focus of the seminar in this term. First, Lucia Tamponi, a visiting student from Pisa, presented her research on an epigraphic corpus of inscriptions from the island of Sardinia, in a paper entitled ‘Sociolinguistic research on Latin inscriptions from Sardinia: building … Continue reading

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS 03/11 – “Horses for Courses” and two acrostics in Horace

Thomas Nelson opened last week’s GIS with his talk “Horses for Courses: The Metapoetics of Horse- and Chariot-Riding in Roman Poetry”. Thomas presented how widely extended and prolific is the use of images of horses and horse riding as a metapoetic metaphor with numerous examples taken from Roman poetry. These were very varied and showed … Continue reading

Archaeology / Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar / Linguistics / Uncategorized

GIS 27/10/17 – Timing Death and the ‘Birth’ of the Greek Alphabet

On Friday 27th October, the GIS hosted two papers that nicely complemented each other in their mutual emphasis on the shortcomings of clear ‘beginnings’ and ‘ends’. With a paper titled ‘Timing Death: Questioning the chronology of Romano-British tombstone reliefs’, Hanneke Reijnierse-Salisbure kicked off with an overview of some tombstone reliefs, which have usually been examined … Continue reading

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS 20/10 – Aristotle’s philosophical questions and social class in Daphnis & Chloe

Alessio Santoro opened last week’s GIS with a talk about Aristotle’s 11th aporia, that questions whether Unity and Being are substances of things or if they have a different nature. Alessio took us through the structure in which Aristotle presents the aporiai in Metaphysics B, to clarify the display of this particular aporia that is … Continue reading