We live in interesting times. I can never remember whether that’s supposed to be a blessing or a curse – but whatever the case, it’s certainly true at the moment.
Sadly I’m unable to do much about the wider world: but at least I can control my small corner of it, to bring you all the happy classical things that have been going on in October, along with a look ahead at the exciting things to come.
We do, this week, have a significant thing to celebrate. I’m sure you’ve heard the Big News – but in case you haven’t… THE LOEB DIGITAL LIBRARY NOW HAS A SEARCH FUNCTION!!!
(For those lucky enough to be unaware, the Loeb Digital Library has driven multitudes of classicists to distraction over the years by being nightmarish to search – and I mean that literally, because it does pop up in our nightmares!)
I haven’t tried it myself yet – I’m saving it for the weekend. I plan to pour myself a glass of wine, put some background music on, and just search for things until I fall asleep.
I’m also celebrating the fact that I survived #ClassicsTober – it’s amazing how long a month can be! But it was fun. It’s been a pleasure to see the contributions of others, too. Here’s a roundup of some of my favourites, for your enjoyment: but if you search the hashtag #ClassicsTober on Twitter or Instagram you’ll find a whole lot more.
Oh, and you might like to play with the epithet generator, which amused us on Epithet Day…
This week I’m also looking ahead, to the preparation of my annual Christmas Gift Guide – the ultimate catalogue for the discerning classicist. It takes a lot of work, but it’s also a great deal of fun, and I always end up stumbling across things that somehow make their way onto my own Christmas list! If you’d like to get an early start on your shopping, feel free to take a look at last year’s Gift Guide – not all of the shops are still open, since I tend to focus on small businesses and crafters, but you might find some ideas!
One present I might buy myself is enrolment on one of the brand new Ancient Voices online courses being set up by the Classical Association of Scotland. If you’ve been wanting to pick up some Ancient Greek, this is your chance – but I’m very tempted myself by Beginners’ Middle Egyptian!
I’m also looking forward to giving a talk on Saturday at the annual fall conference of the California Classical Association. Do feel free to sign up if you’re free at 5.30pm UK time on Saturday and would like to hear me talking about minotaurs!
This week around the Classical Internet
Underwater ancient Greek mines – Greek Reporter
Record-breaking cardboard Trojan Horse – BBC
Beautiful Evil Things review – The Guardian
British Museum revamp – The Art Newspaper
Greek mosaic in subway station – Reuters
Comment and opinion
Schrödinger’s PhD – Ancient Alexandra
This is not Repatriation – Hyperallergic
The painters of Pompeii – Smithsonian Magazine
Ad Fontes: the Roman font – Antigone Journal
The computer in the Aegean – History Today
Alexander’s empire – History Hit
Tutankhamun and seances – The Conversation
Podcasts, video and other media
Modern writers, ancient stories – The Classics Podcast
Thrillers – Legit Classics
The Ara Pacis and Livia’s Villa – The Partial Historians
The rise and fall of Roman London – The Ancients