Impaled heads and destroyed memory at the British Museum
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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

An End to War: Historical Narrative and the Triumph of Chilcot
Discussion / History

An End to War: Historical Narrative and the Triumph of Chilcot

Last week, the families of British servicemen killed in the Iraq War threatened legal action over the delayed publication of the official report into the conflict. Reg Keys, who lost his son in Iraq, described the unanswered questions about Iraq as “an open wound” for bereaved families, and said they needed “closure.” Subsequently, Sir John … Continue reading

How Much Does a Grecian Urn? Humour, Philhellenism and the Greek Crisis
Discussion / History

How Much Does a Grecian Urn? Humour, Philhellenism and the Greek Crisis

The last few weeks have seen a huge peak in Classical references appearing in the media. This is because, as political commentators have so regularly pointed out, we have just witnessed a Greek tragedy. They are referring not, regrettably, to the popularisation of the pointless neologism ‘Grexit’1 but to the austerity measures imposed by Eurozone … Continue reading

Fog on the Weser: Arminius and Blondie on the Future of Europe
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Fog on the Weser: Arminius and Blondie on the Future of Europe

Contemporary politics may not often crop up amid the (digital) pages Res Gerendae, but assuming the reader occasionally consults other news sources, they will hopefully be aware that recently there was a General Election. With victory for the Conservatives, and their promises of an EU referendum, a political debate has arisen with specific implications for … Continue reading