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Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

GIS 20/10 – Aristotle’s philosophical questions and social class in Daphnis & Chloe

Alessio Santoro opened last week’s GIS with a talk about Aristotle’s 11th aporia, that questions whether Unity and Being are substances of things or if they have a different nature. Alessio took us through the structure in which Aristotle presents the aporiai in Metaphysics B, to clarify the display of this particular aporia that is … Continue reading

Archaeology / Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar / History / Museums

GIS 13/10/17 – Graduates at the Museum of Classical Archaeology and Syriac retellings of the Fall of Troy

The first GIS of this term started out on Friday 13th October, with two truly interdisciplinary papers. First, Alina Kozlovski, a fourth-year PhD student, briefly presented two current graduates schemes at the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the Faculty of Classics, the ‘Grad Tour’ and the ‘Grads Curate’. The ‘Grad Tour’, which has been met … Continue reading

Reading (and writing) between the lines of history
Archaeology / Random thoughts / Travel / Weird and Wonderful

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

Review: Archaeological Museum of Thebes
Archaeology / History / Museums / Reviews / Travel

Review: Archaeological Museum of Thebes

Reporting live from the trowel’s edge… For the next six weeks, Ricarda and I are sweating it out in the middle of the Greek countryside, all in the service of academic discovery and for the advancement of human knowledge. We’re part of a team excavating a Mycenaean chamber tomb in Boeotia, a synergasia (collaboration) project … Continue reading

The Lion King – from Rome to Stratford-upon-Avon
Classics and pop culture / Discussion / History / Random thoughts / Travel

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

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GIS 9/6/17: Lucan’s Pompey and Athenian Tribute Lists

This past Friday Ludovico Pontiggia and Leah Lazar gave the final GIS presentations of the term.  Ludovico began the session with a presentation about the death and burial of Pompey in Lucan’s Bellum Civile.  Drawing on Horace Odes 3.30 as a model for a metapoetic interpretation of the closure of Bellum Civile 8, Ludovico argued … Continue reading