Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS REPORT – 25/11/2016

This week we had two fascinating philosophy papers by Vilius Bartninkas and Christian Keime. Vilius’ talk was entitled “Ouranos in Plato’s cosmology.” Ouranos is frequently featured in Timaeus’ account, assuming a diverse set of roles such as a senior traditional god, a key component in forging the astral gods, and an ethical ideal for human … Continue reading

‘A World of Fragile Parts’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Archaeology / Museums

‘A World of Fragile Parts’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Recently I went to see the Architecture Biennale in Venice and its exhibition entitled ‘A World of Fragile Parts’. This was curated by Brendan Cormier from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and explored the idea that making copies of things is a way of preventing the loss of material heritage. Having this show in … Continue reading

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar / Uncategorized

GIS REPORT – 11/11/2016

This week we had two fascinating papers by Yung In Chae and Alessio Santoro. Yung In presented a paper entitled “Simone de Beauvoir and Classical Antiquity.” Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, widely considered the catalyst of second-wave feminism, contains numerous references to ancient Greece and Rome in the course of locating the historical roots … Continue reading

When in Rome: a classicist’s guide to combining historical and culinary culture
Travel

When in Rome: a classicist’s guide to combining historical and culinary culture

Classicists visiting Rome are faced with a barrage of different guides, maps and plans of the city and its classical sites (Amanda Claridge’s Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide comes particularly recommended). Whilst wandering the city I have, however, come to realise that what many of these guides lack is advice on how to combine your … Continue reading

Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum
Archaeology / Discussion / History / Museums / Reviews / Uncategorized

Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum

Deface, purify, obliterate, rip off, slash, delete, desecrate, erase, condemn, smooth over, destroy, mutilate. These are the different words used in the British Museums’ new display entitled ‘Defacing the past: damnation and desecration in imperial Rome’ to illustrate the actions taken by people against the images and names of those in power. Some of the … Continue reading