These days I don’t read much. I would love to: but between work and parenting (and all the many side-projects that I can’t seem to resist), curling up with a book is a thing of the past for me. I have tried it a few times in recent months, but inevitably I wake up some time later with a cat snoring approvingly beside me and no memory of what happened.
The exception is Reading For Work. I can take time out of my work day to do that, legitimately. And this year, because I’m teaching on the OU’s new myth course, I have to read stuff.
So I’ve been having a lovely time this week reading lots of things about Medea – and also reading Euripides’ play again, which is always a treat (after more than a decade of teaching Hippolytus, you have no idea how much of a relief it is!).
I also have some indulgent things lined up for my own weekend reading – not least, the new Medusa novel from Natalie Haynes. I picked up a signed exclusive Indie edition: they’re always good to look out for, because you get to support small independent bookshops while also acquiring something pretty. Look how pretty…
It’s a great time to be teaching a Myth module – there are so many rabbit holes out there right now to dive into! I’m thinking of building up a book review section on this website, covering some of the Classics-inspired fiction that’s become so popular lately… so if anybody would like to join in and write a review for the site, please do get in touch with me!
I’m also going to post some other articles over the next few weeks, including interviews with people who are doing exciting work in (or inspired by) Classics. Again, do get in touch with me if you have a project that you’d like people to know about – I’d love to hear from you!
From around the internet this week
Hercules statue found in northern Greece – Archaeology
Byzantine mosaic discovered – The Guardian
Greek volcano mystery – Science Daily
Comment and opinion
Birds and beasts – Blogging Ancient Epigram
The neon Gatehouse at Housesteads – It’s All Greek to Me
The power of myth – Pasts Imperfect
Antigone: The Musical – The Classical Association Blog
Friends will be friends – Sphinx
Catacombs in Rome – Wanted in Rome
Teaching and learning Greek – The Kosmos Society
Latin poems in honour of the Queen – Antigone
Book for The Latin Programme Gala – The Classics Library
Bursary scheme for state school teachers – The Classical Association
Podcasts, video and other stuff
The Circus Maximus – Accessible Art History
Iris: new animation – Panoply
The Sandman – Movies We Dig
Worst Marriage Ever: Jason and Medea – CBC Radio