It’s been quite a week. In fact, at various points I have been tempted to resort to one of my more on-brand-for-2021 Christmas presents…
But its time has not yet come. Instead, I found some books to buy, to brighten up the week.
One is a book of local history, which I’m really excited about reading. It’s a history of the early excavations at Arbeia Roman Fort. As you may know (it’s possible that I’ve mentioned it several thousand times…!), I live very near Arbeia, and my family have been in the area for generations – so this is a personal interest. It’s also, I think, important to understand the history of sites post-discovery, especially sites which have been through different phases of excavation over more than a century; and this particular site has always been very much part of the local community.
More importantly, there are pictures. I like a book with pictures.
Another book I bought this week, which just arrived today, is a little old book of Ovid. I actually don’t have many pre-nineteenth-century editions of Ovid; they don’t seem to come up for sale very often. I’ve never been sure whether that says something about the popularity of Ovid with antiquarian book collectors today, or about Ovid’s lack of popularity around the seventeenth century. Whatever the case, this was a rare find for me, and I was really excited all week for it. Of course, I missed the delivery earlier in the week and had to wait two days to arrange re-delivery – but it’s 2021, so that’s to be expected. I count myself lucky that it arrived without being eaten by a plague of locusts…
I’ve been quite reliant on books this week, because it’s been so horrible outside. My Vindolanda Roman shield umbrella has been tested to its limits. Today, though, it was bitterly cold but sunshiney at Arbeia, so I’ll leave you with a frosty Fort picture from my walk this morning.
This week from around the Classical Internet
Statues found in Turkey – Greek City Times
Antiquities looted from graves – SmartNews
Stoic philosophy in lockdown – The Telegraph
Capitol terrorists and the ancient world – Pharos
Caligula’s gardens on view – SmartNews
A new Digital Library of Theban Myth – The Classics Library
Comment and opinion
Roman gardens: Samuli Simelius – Classical Fix
Pompeii-inspired stew – Salon
The Green Man – Tales of Times Forgotten
Run your town like a Roman – The History Girls
Serial killers in the ancient world – Peopling the Past
Identifying an emperor by his beard – Daily Art Magazine
Virtual tour of the Mausoleum of Augustus – Smithsonian Magazine
Saving the Humanities – Sententiae Antiquae
Lovers by lamplight – Blogging Ancient Epigram
Hermes and Thoth – The Collector
Misconceptions about Rome – Mental Floss
Podcasts, video and other media
The First Decemvirate – The Partial Historians
Coming soon… – Edith Hall