Museums / News & Events

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

A reminder that the British Museum’s Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition, which I’m pretty sure all of us are going to want to go see, just opened today: http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2013/03/28/telling-the-human-story-of-pompeii-and-herculaneum/ As the self-appointed ResGerendae museum reviewer, I will certainly be visiting in the near future and sharing my thoughts, so watch this space! Advertisements Continue reading

Classics and pop culture / Random thoughts / Reviews

Via Memoriae Classicae III – Tomb Raider

Righto, then. Let’s talk a bit about computer games. Being a shy and somewhat awkward teenager, a lot of the most memorable experiences of my secondary school years came vicariously from a games console or our just-about-operational-most-of-the-time PC. I explored Super Mario World many times, I braved the twisted forests of Hyrule’s Dark World. I … Continue reading

Random thoughts

Beware the Ides of March!

To celebrate this glorious/inauspicious day (depending on your Roman political stance), some wonderful Victorian and early-20th-century advertisments for how to avoid ending up like Julius Caesar from the British Newspaper Archive: http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2013/03/15/the-ides-of-march-and-scotch-whisky/ http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2013/03/15/the-ides-of-march-history-and-protective-measures/ If only Caesar had had some Scotch whisky with him, history would have been very different. Continue reading

Museums

Awkward Museum Labels: Cypriot Edition

Writing museum labels is something of a thankless job.  It is a difficult task to write a description of an object that includes all the necessary and accurate information to contextualize an artifact, while remaining intelligible to the lay public—and sometimes in the process of balancing these two the essential information gets incomprehensibly garbled.  Although … Continue reading

Events / Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS 8/3/2013 – Supervising Round-Table

This week’s GIS summary is going to be a brief one, I’m afraid. Our speaker, Laura Viidebaum, was due to tell us about ‘Character-portrayal (ἠθοποιία) – between rhetorical theory and oratorical practice’ but unfortunately was stricken poorly and unable to attend. Instead we extended our round-table discussion of supervising. Joined by undergrad rep Francesca Bellei … Continue reading