The Classics Christmas Charts
Classics and pop culture / Random thoughts / The Common Room / Weird and Wonderful

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
Classics and pop culture / Weird and Wonderful

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

Thirteen Swords: Adventures in Bronze Age Metal-working
Archaeology / Events / Reviews / Travel / Weird and Wonderful

Thirteen Swords: Adventures in Bronze Age Metal-working

I’ve always wanted a sword. Ever since I was a knights-and-castles-obsessed little boy, I’ve wanted one. Doing classics, and then moving into East Mediterranean archaeology, did nothing to diminish this need, but it did make me realise one important point: Bronze Age swords are much cooler than their mediaeval counterparts. In the stressful times of … Continue reading

New Year’s Special: Ancient Time Travel
History / Weird and Wonderful

New Year’s Special: Ancient Time Travel

Last night, all of us (yes, all 7 billion of us) did something amazing: we travelled from the primitive and backward year 2014 into the futuristic techno-topia that is the New Year, 2015!  Congratulations on a successful time-voyage! Okay, okay I know you’re thinking: “shut up, Charlie, that’s not time travel” – fair enough, it’s … Continue reading