Weekend Reading: One Brick At A Time

As I stumble to the end of a sixth week of consecutive marking deadlines and brace for a seventh, with Half Term already started and a child to entertain all by myself with nowhere to go in sub-zero temperatures while working full time, I’m forced to admit that I have nothing of value to add to your weekend. My current thought processes are reduced to ‘Sleep Good: Screen Bad’. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. So I’ll keep this short, and hope that I have more bandwidth next week!

I am currently attempting (mostly around midnight while half asleep, one brick at a time) to pull together a project for International Lego Classicism Day, on 20th Feb. If you haven’t seen my incredibly sophisticated contributions (!) from previous years, here are some links: to my 2020 Lego rendering of the apocryphal story of Princess Claudia of Britain, and to my 2019 imagining of the back-story of Barates and Regina. Watch this space for this year’s project. I have absolutely no idea whether I’ll be able to make it work, or how I’m going to go about it – but I’m sure I’ll come up with something in time…!

If you’d like to join in with a Lego creation on the day, please do! You can post on social media using the hashtags – or if you’re not on social media you’re welcome to send your pictures to me and I’d be happy to post them! I’d say that it’s a good thing to do with the kids – but my own child is distinctly unimpressed with my ideas. Of course, that might be because he’s still holding on to memories of the time I dragged him down to the beach in February, so that I could spend an hour trying to get the perfect shots of Lego pirates in the sand!

Finally this week… if you should happen to be a member of the Women’s Classical Committee (UK), don’t forget to vote in the election! Not that there’s any particular candidate for whom you ought to vote, of course…!

This week from around the Classics Internet


Hadrian’s breakfast table – The Times

Roman soldier payslip – The Daily Mail

Comfort Classics

Chloë Griggs: Catullus

Katrina Kelly: Villa di Poppea

A.E. Stallings: the Little Refugee

From Classical Studies Memes For Hellenistic Teens

Comment and opinion

Did the Romans have breakfast? – A Don’s Life

The substance of the Greek language – Ekathimerini

Cancel the Classics? – The Week

Renaming Classics – Aegean prehistory

Let it burn – The Chronicle of Higher Education

New Ancient Greece animated series – Vulture

There’s only one city: Istanbul – Sententiae Antiquae

Tax returns in ancient Rome – Spears

Classics as Buffy – Sphinx

Heroines of Pompeii – Elodie Harper

Books for Valentine’s Day – Ancient History Magazine

Podcasts, video and other media

There was no lava! – Ancient Geek

Public decision-making – Herodotus Helpline

Ethics in AI – University of Oxford

A White Lie – Myth Dynamite

Sophocles’ Lost Plays – The Ancients

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