Classically-Themed April Fools’ Jokes
Classics and pop culture / Random thoughts / Weird and Wonderful

Classically-Themed April Fools’ Jokes

If a Roman poet were to write a Fasti on the notable dates of the modern Western calendar, April Fools’ Day on April 1st would surely deserve a mention. As with many ancient festivals, this day – although not a public holiday – witnesses the disruption of social and cultural norms, as friends and media … Continue reading

Spot the difference: early 19th century edition
Archaeology / Travel / Weird and Wonderful

Spot the difference: early 19th century edition

Google Earth: with a few clicks, we’re ‘holidaying’ anywhere in the world without ever leaving home – the ultimate in ‘armchair’ travel. While the technology is relatively new the concept certainly isn’t, and for ages past the human race have told stories which can transport them to far away lands without the hassle of passports, … 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

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

Lysistrata – a view from the surtitle box
Classics and pop culture / Weird and Wonderful

Lysistrata – a view from the surtitle box

As the dust settles on the 2016 Greek Play (Antigone/Lysistrata), I and the 5000+ other people lucky enough to have snagged a ticket to this sell-out performance can’t stop singing the praises of the cast. Natasha Cutler was a powerful and natural leader as Lysistrata, and she made speaking Ancient Greek look stylishly effortless.  Rosanna … Continue reading