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World Cup Latin

World Cup fever is sweeping the country, as the men’s England football team are set to compete in what will be their first World Cup Semi-final in most of this graduate body’s lifetime (but let’s not forget that the women’s team did the same as recently as 2015!). To mark the occasion, the Cambridge Classics … Continue reading

The Classics Christmas Charts
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The Classics Christmas Charts

As term draws to an end, as Cambridge receives its first wintry snowfall of the year and as Christmas draws ever nearer, how do Cambridge Classics postgrads keep themselves occupied? Without our weekly dose of seminars, teaching and Faculty yoga, what keeps us ticking? The answer, it turns out, is a bit of festive fun: … Continue reading

The Lion King – from Rome to Stratford-upon-Avon
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The Lion King – from Rome to Stratford-upon-Avon

Thatched roofs, cream teas, sonnets and soliloquies: Stratford-upon-Avon really is a wonderful pocket of Englishness nestled in the West Midlands. One could do much worse than to break away from the helta-skelta-of-wherever and pay a quick visit, as do 2.5 million people every year – and as I did for a weekend as my ‘summer … Continue reading

‘Letter to my Ex’: Identity and ‘Ira’ in Ovid’s Heroides 6
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‘Letter to my Ex’: Identity and ‘Ira’ in Ovid’s Heroides 6

Ovid’s Heroides represent and reveal sides of stories we are not usually given in classical myth- the stories of the women left behind while men wander the world accomplishing heroic deeds. This collection also leaves no chance for response- the letters are themselves just one side of a dialogue, giving us a male poet’s construction of women … Continue reading