The world is changing, and we must change with it. Or, to introduce the theme of this post, we must accessorise with it.
Now, I know that some people reading this have no intention of going to shops, libraries or museums any time soon; and if you ever do go out, you’re likely to wear serious medical-grade protection. But others now have to go out, and there are new rules here in the UK about wearing face-coverings in public indoor spaces.
And so I present to you…
The Classicist’s Guide to Masks
Yes, here you will find the best and geekiest ancient-world masks designed by Classics students and teachers. And if you stumble across others, do leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list.
Redbubble is the place to go for some really eye-catching stuff. It ships from the US, so if you’re in the UK orders can take a while to arrive (and occasionally you might be asked to cover shipping charges) – but in my view the designs are worth the wait. Here are some of my favourites, but there are lots more.
The New Classicists shop is also worth a look – I think I’d look great as a bearded statue!
And adding (as suggested in the Comments!) a link to Amy Pistone’s lovely Hoplite Owl, profits from which go to support the wonderful Classics collective The Sportula, which does so much good for students who encounter financial barriers.
You can also buy classical-themed masks on Café Press. I haven’t tried this myself yet – so if you do, let me know how it goes.
Classicist Ginny Lindzey has some great Latin masks, including one of my favourite phrases, ‘Flocci non facio’.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine or needle, you can find some brilliant classical fabric on Spoonflower. It’s not particularly cheap, but some of it is amazing!
That should be enough to get you started. Masks, it seems, will be with us for some time to come – so we might as well do this with style!
This week’s links from around the Classical Interweb
Newly discovered ancient sites – BBC Travel
Temporary export ban on mosaic –BBC
Amphorae in a seafood shop – The Guardian
Comfort Classics this week
Comment and opinion
Tragedy, optimism and coronavirus – Ancient and Modern Rhetoric
Titian and trying times – The Conversation
Iphis and Ianthe – Lugubelinus
What is palaeography? – The British Academy Blog
Juno and the looters – The Historian’s Hut
Modern translation tools – Roman Times
Postclassicisms – The TLS
Reading Martial – Bellaria
Cancel Culture and the ancient world – Classical Wisdom
Podcasts, video and other media
The OU has been running a Virtual Festival this week. Here are some of the videos from the Classical Studies department, featuring some of my lovely Comfort Classics contributors: Jess Hughes, Jan Haywood, Chrissie Plastow and E-J Graham.