Weekend Reading: Classicists in the Library

The Open University library, during a momentary lull in the rain.


This week I’ve been in Milton Keynes for the Classical Studies Associate Lecturer Day. A bunch of intrepid Classics tutors braved the grim Novembry weather on Thursday, coming from all over the UK to congregate in the Open University Library, where there was a twinkly Christmas tree and much cake waiting for us. The Module Teams, including Jess Hughes, Phil Perkins, Naoko Yamagata, E-J Graham, Trevor Fear and Ursula Rothe, talked about modules past, present and future, and a good time was had by all.


A Library Christmas tree.


Browsing module books in the Library.


It was also a pleasure to see the launch of the website, on Wednesday, for The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion, which promises to be a fascinating project to follow. The Centre is based at the OU’s Department of Classical Studies, and is funded by Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza, a long-standing supporter of Classics (and a great chap to sit next to at a dinner party!). The Centre’s activities have already started with a bang; the website is advertising a fully-funded PhD studentship (if you’ve just finished the MA, do take a look), talks and a workshop, as well as inviting contributions to a themed journal issue on Pompeii. You can follow the Centre’s activities on Twitter @OpenMatRel and Instagram @OpenMaterialReligion.


material religion


And finally – I’d like to congratulate Stella Hurtado on her Kassman Essay Prize win, for her essay “Myth – Representing the Past”. Very well deserved, Stella!


congratulations candles




This week’s links from around the internet


From Classical Studies Support

Tips for the MA Dissertation – Jack Lambert

Visiting the London Mithraeum – Klara Hegedus



Treasures in Lincolnshire – The Guardian 

Casts at the V&A – The Evening Standard 

Pontius Pilate named on a ring – The New York Times

Returning the Benin Bronzes (remember AA100?) – The Times 

Family feud over antiquities – The Telegraph 

The first year of Pharos – Pharos 

‘The Owl’s Legacy’ – The New York Times 

Looking for Dead Sea Scrolls – Live Science

The sunken port of Olbia – Phys.org

Upcoming classical events – Classical Association Newsletter 

New insights into Rome – Eurekalert 

Drinking on Hadrian’s Wall – Chronicle Live

Roman tombs in Turkey – Daily Sabah 


Comment and opinion

Games, comics and animations – Panoply 

Skulls and dolls – Mistaking Histories 

Descended from Adam and Eve? – Forbes 

In defence of Ares – The Athenian Inspector 

The challenge of diversifying Latin – Society for Classical Studies 

Solution and absolution – Eidolon

Socrates and courtesans – Donald Robertson 

Classics and Gandhara – LSA Classics 

Experimenting with styli – CREWS Project 

Greek and Roman Neopaganism – Classical Wisdom Weekly 

A tyrant in one’s own sphere – Sententiae Antiquae 

Roman law and revenge porn – The Scotsman

Drawing the shape of history – The New York Times 

Christians and Romans – The Daily Beast 

Consuls in the Republic – History Hit

Classicist Christmas gifts – Eidolon 

Music for the Minotaur – Sententiae Antiquae 

How texts functioned – Larry Hurtado’s Blog 

Ancient slavery and American history – Society for Classical Studies 

Brunching etymology – Sententiae Antiquae 

Roman eating – Eagles and Dragons 

Armless sculpture – My Modern Met

Ancient engineers – Interesting Engineering 


Videos, podcasts and other media

The myth of Sisyphus – TED-Ed 

Greg Woolf talks about ancient history – Coffee and Circuses 

What is Classics anyway? – Ask a Classicist 

Homer and the start of Classics – AIQ Podcast 

Classics on the internet – Itinera 

Shamans and Amazons – The Endless Knot 

Hegel, Plutarch and Herodotus – British School at Athens

Cambridge Latin Course quiz – The Tab 

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