Weekend Reading: Raising a Smile

Judging by the state of my inbox this week, a lot of people are just a bit miserable at the moment. From the MA students still juggling dissertation ideas, to the Latin and Roman History students recovering from exam panic and beginning to worry about results, most of the people I’ve been talking to lately are not entirely happy.

I can’t say that I’ve been having a particularly great week myself; I’ve been working 10-hour days trying to keep up with the marking, and the chores (not to mention the emails) are piling up! And Steve, one of the regular contributors to this site, has been having a much worse week than anybody ought to have.

So for everybody out there who’s feeling a bit down this week, here’s a collection of classical humour to cheer you up, taken from my extensive collection of silliness… And if you have any classical jokes to contribute, add them in the Comments box!

(Apologies for the lack of attributions on some of these images: the internet is not always very conscientious about referencing!)

 

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This week’s links from around the internet

 

News

Roman quake-proof buildings – The Sunday Times 

Underwater building – Newsweek 

The British Museum: 150 years late – The Telegraph 

Mosaic vandalised – BBC 

Digging at Sedgefield – The Chronicle 

 

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Comment and opinion

Judith George on OU Classics – OU Classical Studies Blog 

Titans and Olympians – Kiwi Hellenist

Living and dying at the docks of Rome – Phys.org

Contemplating retirement – A Don’s Life 

Anticipating the ‘Troy’ exhibition – The British Museum Blog 

Bloomsday and Ulysses – The Edithorial 

Becoming an accidental Latin teacher – In Medias Res 

Successful students – The Edithorial 

Declining and Falling – Sententiae Antiquae 

 

Potter
Image from Legonium. I’m jealous: the new Harry Potter Lego sets are out, but my son’s gone off them now, so I can’t think of a way to justify buying them…!

 

Podcasts, video and other media

Remaking Thucydides – Institute of Classical Studies

The Roman Society – Coffee and Circuses 

The Mytilene Debate – In Our Time

A Roman dog statue – Christie’s 

Packing a Vestal Virgin – Sotheby’s 


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