You know, sometimes Friday comes around and I’ve just got… nothing!
It’s been a rough week. Classics Twitter has been full of upset and discontent and worse. The news is full of Brexit chaos. Work has been so hectic that I’ve given up all hope of writing Christmas cards (sorry, friends and family!). I’m about a week behind with the mountain of emails (sorry, work people!). I’ve been rained on so many times that I’ve run out of dry shoes. And this morning the bin men went off with the lid of my bin.
In defiance of it all, I’m wearing a Christmas jumper. I don’t know if it will help, but I’m giving it a shot.
So today’s post is a collection of nice things from other people, since I’m short of happy thoughts to share myself. I hope you find something here to enjoy!
If, like me, you want to build something fun over Christmas but don’t have the budget for the new Lego Colosseum set (I know at least three people who have it or are getting it, and I am VERY JEALOUS!), then here’s my recommendation: a set of print-outs to purchase (to be published next week), with which you can build the most amazing Labyrinth and Knossos Throne Room play-set. It’s the latest brilliant idea from Greek Myth Comix, and I’m dying to give it a go – if I ever make it to the end of the December Marking Marathon, that is. Here’s a live build recording from this morning to give you a taster: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1LyGBdzdVWOxN.
If you’re into Classical Reception in cinema, Tony Keen’s very popular Ancient Greece and Rome on the Big Screen online course is coming back in January. You can book for the whole thing, or for individual sessions. If I had time, I would definitely be signing up for this!
One here for the Homer fans: the Reading Greek Tragedy Online group ran an Odyssey ‘Round the World 24-hour event this week, with performances of the Odyssey recorded by students, lecturers and actors from all over the world. You can find the full playlist here: it really does qualify as ‘epic’! Check out the archive too – during the pandemic they’ve generated a very impressive collection of tragedy recordings (and the posters are beautiful too!).
Finally… Ancient World Magazine are looking for writers to contribute to a special Black History Month series in February, so if you’re interested in writing an article on African peoples in the ancient world or Classics in the African diaspora, do contact the team.
They’re also looking for supporters so that they can pay some of their contributors (often students or recent graduates) for articles: so if you like their work and feel able to support them with a small amount of money – or even to sponsor an article – take a look.
This week from around the Classical Internet
Fifth century mosaic in the Cotswolds – The Guardian
Fayum portrait analysis – University of Utah
Phoenician moat discovered – Heritage Daily
Picture Pun Competition Results – Hellene School Travel
Roman Gardens: Victoria Austen – Classical Fix
Quaestiones in magica: Antony Lee – Roman Magic
Comment and opinion
Aristotle and Management Consulting – The Classical Association
Juvenal, Boris Johnson and a fish – A Don’s Life
Reception and Trojan Women – Classicalstudiesman
The glamour of the academic life – The Retiring Academic
Exploring mosaics – History Extra
Delphic maxims – Medium
A tribute to Miriam Griffin – CUCD Bulletin
The sad origin of amber – The Historian’s Hut
Oracular dice – Roman Times
Feuds over the Rosetta Stone – The Spectator
Facebook and stolen antiquities – Slate
Netflix’s Barbarians – The Spectator
Podcasts, video and other media
Where do monsters come from? – Alliterative
Herodotus and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Herodotus Helpline
Portraits, with Caroline Lawrence – What did they do before?