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

Where have all the tourists gone?
Archaeology / Random thoughts / Travel

Where have all the tourists gone?

According to the Culture and Tourism Provincial Directorate, the site of Ancient Ephesus welcomed nearly 2 million visitors in 2013. That’s around two thirds of the total visitor population to archaeological and heritage sites in the whole İzmir region: around the same number of people who visit the Athenian Acropolis or Pomepii per annum, and … Continue reading

Musings on materiality
Archaeology / Random thoughts

Musings on materiality

This past term, a few Classics graduate students have been attending an interdisciplinary seminar entitled ‘Material Culture: Crossing Disciplines and Analysing Things’ run by Dr Melissa Calaresu and Dr John Robb at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH). The readings throughout the weeks inspired us to think about … Continue reading