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

Lego, Pompeii, and the power of anachronism
Archaeology / Classics and pop culture / Museums

Lego, Pompeii, and the power of anachronism

While doing research for my PhD thesis I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of anachronism. Broadly defined, anachronism means taking something from one historical time period and placing it in another. This can mean attributing modern ideas to ancient people, judging them by our values (or us by theirs), or it can mean … Continue reading

RECASTING: classical casts and contemporary art
Classics and pop culture / Museums

RECASTING: classical casts and contemporary art

RECASTING is an exhibition of contemporary art that I have co-curated with fellow grad student, James Cahill, here in the Museum of Classical Archaeology in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge (see more here). It incorporates a selection of modern works in different media that variously echo, embrace, or challenge the classical artistic tradition, staging a series … Continue reading

Classical Cruciverbalism and Ciceronian Cross Words
Classics and pop culture / News / News & Events

Classical Cruciverbalism and Ciceronian Cross Words

There was widespread excitement last weekend (widespread within some very restricted circles, admittedly) when it emerged that The Times newspaper was reviving its Latin crossword after 85 years. To be published weekly in the Saturday edition, it is entitled ‘O Tempora,’ an allusion to “O tempora! O mores!,” the famous exasperated exclamation of that foremost … Continue reading