I’m afraid that this week I really don’t know what’s going on in the wonderful world of Classics, because I’ve barely had a chance to switch on my computer.
On Wednesday I had a long meeting in Milton Keynes. Now, spending the day in MK is not a trivial undertaking for me: it involves many modes of transport, long hours of travel and usually at least one overnight stay. And because staying in MK is not always thrilling (or even useful, since the wifi near campus is awful and the phone reception almost non-existent), I decided this time to shift my overnight stays to nearby London.
There’s a lot more scope for adventure in London.
I didn’t have much spare time, but I made the most of it. I spend a lovely afternoon trying on Roman jewellery and talking antiquities in Mayfair, wore my Crowley glasses in Berkeley Square, got appallingly lost (and drenched) in a thunderstorm somewhere around Fitzrovia, drank far too much Aperol (turns out it’s rather nice) in Bloomsbury, and had coffee in the exclusive setting of the British Museum Members’ Room, thanks to a fabulous OU MA student who talked the staff into letting me in. I came away with lots of photos of sculpture for A111 tutorials, plenty of stuff to write about for this website (expect a few posts over the next couple of days), and all kinds of crazy ideas for future events.
I also came away with a pile of MA dissertations: 23 in total, at around 12,000 words each, which I have 10 days to mark. And that’s on top of six modules starting tomorrow. Also I keep falling asleep sitting up, which really isn’t helping with the other problems. So my crazy ideas may have to wait: and I may be even slower to answer emails than usual for a couple of weeks. But bear with me… soon I’ll be back to what passes for ‘normal’ in my strange corner of the world.
This week’s links from around the Classical Internet
Asterix coin – Bleeding Cool
Caligula’s ring for sale…? – The Daily Mail
Lucretia painting to be sold – The Art Newspaper
Myths and stars – The Independent
Roman fort under Exeter bus station – The Guardian
Hecuba review – The Irish Times
September newsletter – Hellene Travel
Comment and opinion
The archaeology of video games – BBC Future
Pompeian inscription – Live Science
The brothels of Pompeii – History Today
Invented scripts in computer games – The CREWS Project
Greek and Roman nit-picking – The Recipes Project
Toto’s Africa in Latin – In Medias Res
Calling Dr. Toga – OU Classical Studies Blog
Ovid’s Ibis – Washington University in St. Louis
Roman infographics – Hyperallergic
Busts of the Trumpian Empire – The Nib
Pan and the goat – A Don’s Life
Greek and Roman leadership – Forbes
Podcasts, video and other media
Roman cheesecake – Historical Italian Cooking
A day in the life of a Celtic Druid – TED-Ed
The love letters of Winckelmann – Coffee and Circuses
The Teutoburg Forest – Podcast on Germany
Women’s dress and representation – The Partial Historians
Being an Epicurean – Big Think
Belief, ritual and society – The Iris
Living Latin at UCL – The Classics Library
Which character from the Odyssey are you? [apparently I’m Penelope – not sure how I feel about that…] – Southbank Centre