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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 Lego Acropolis: history brick by brick
Archaeology / Classics and pop culture / Museums / Weird and Wonderful

The Lego Acropolis: history brick by brick

If you find time to visit only one of Athens’ many museum collections, make it the Acropolis museum. Right in the centre of the historic city, this award-winning museum houses over 4,000 objects from the Acropolis — the fortified hill in Athens, most famous for its fifth century B.C. marble temples. The Parthenon, in particular, … 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

Classically-Themed April Fools’ Jokes
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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

Lysistrata – a view from the surtitle box
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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