We’re having a mini-apocalypse here in the North of England. People are dropping like flies: I’ve never seen anything like it. Whole schools are closing to be deep-cleaned. Almost everyone I know has something unpleasantly infectious, ranging from mild colds to weird and vicious viruses, and so we’re all somewhere on the spectrum from ‘fed up’ to ‘completely wretched’.
I’m no exception; I’ve been tackling a huge pile of marking while trying to keep some horrible symptoms under control and looking after an ill and grumpy seven-year-old. So I don’t have a lot of links for you this week, because staring at a screen makes my head hurt more.
As always when things are this grim, I turn to the two bright spots in a gloomy world. Yes, that’s right: chocolate and shopping. And since I’m not sharing my chocolate with you (I don’t like anybody that much), I thought I’d let you in on some of my window shopping, which this week has had a ‘clothes and accessories’ theme. I will no doubt be coming up with other gift guides over the coming weeks, because Christmas is a time for finding random tat on the internet, and that is (without wanting to brag) one of my talents…
For the Classicist About Town this Christmas
1. A Julius Caesar tie? Featuring an anachronistic Hadrian’s Wall? Who wouldn’t want a one of these?
2. In Omnia Paratus T-shirt. Good for the well-prepared Latinist, and also for those of us who can’t quite seem to let go of the Gilmore Girls.
4. Odyssey ear-rings. And you can get ear-rings made of the book of your choice too. Hold me back…
5. Roman knitted helmet. With detachable woolly beard. I could definitely carry that off…
6. Centurion pyjamas. Sadly just for little ones – and not even for really small grown-ups like me (I checked!).
7. Iron-on elbow patches. Why fight the stereotype? I’m thinking about attaching these to every item of clothing I own.
8. Latin bracelet. With the slogan ‘Either I will find a way or I will make one’, which I’d be happy to take for my own personal slogan if Hannibal hadn’t got there first. With elephants.
9. Gold laurel crown. For those days when you’ve received a good grade and want to tell the world, in an appropriately classical way.
10. Greek charioteer scarf. Classy and classicsy. What more could you want from a scarf?
Finally a fashion joke from @nmacsweeney on Twitter: What does Helen of Troy have in common with someone choosing a summer outfit? They don’t want Many-layers.
This week’s links from around the internet
Epics and women – The Guardian
Troy exhibition in pictures – The Evening Standard
Fascination with Troy – The Conversation
An ancient advanced heating system – Ancient Pages
Solving a Roman mystery – The Express
New Ancient Rome drama – The Hollywood Reporter
Comment and opinion
The legacy of Robert Graves – LA Review of Books
The horrors of Latin – Boston Review
The direction of Classics – Sententiae Antiquae
A Roman talking cow – The Historian’s Hut
Not knowing about the Druids – National Geographic
Roman empresses – LSA Classics
The history of the Piraeus – Sententiae Antiquae
Buying and selling papyri – Looting Matters
Pirates and Phoenicians – Classical Wisdom Weekly
The writing on the wall – Ole Miss
The early Roman army – Realm of History
Podcasts, video and other media
Podcast crossover – Itinera/The Endless Knot
Sacred trees – Ancient Material Religion