Reading (and writing) between the lines of history
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Reading (and writing) between the lines of history

The rest, they say, is history. And then some. For the next three months, I’m swapping the fens of Cambridge for the industrial heart of the Ruhr valley in western Germany, and my new pied-à-terre is the Institute of Archaeology at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum. While I’m here, I’m looking through the paper archives … 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