I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break! Mine felt like it went by very fast, and I don’t think I’ve actually had a chance to sit still yet – but it was good to be able to focus on family things for a change. I confess that there was quite a lot of chocolate.
It’s back to normal now though – or as normal as my life ever gets…!
This week I’d like to invite you to a talk I’m giving (in Durham and also online) on the evening of Thurs 19th Jan. It’s a free talk, and Open University students and graduates (along with anybody else with a general interest in Classics and/or North-East history!) will be warmly welcomed. If you’d like to watch online, I’ll give you the EventBrite link for booking next week (you have to book in advance in order to be sent the Zoom link).
If you’d like to come along in person, you don’t need to book: just turn up (at 5pm in room PG21, in the Pemberton Building on Palace Green in Durham)! It’s right next to the cathedral, so it’s very easy to find – but here’s a map to help (the blue pins show the train station, the seminar location and the Department)…
You can even join me afterwards for drinks (wine or juice, whatever you prefer!) in the Durham Classics Department library – and after that we’ll be going out for a meal, so you’re welcome to come along for that too. It should be a fun evening! Please do come along, if you’re able to – and if you do, you really must march up to me and introduce yourself! It would be lovely to see some familiar faces, because I’ll be a nervous wreck – I’m not used to being seen out in public, minus slippers and a cup of tea.
Whether you attend in person or online, I can promise you all of the following: bishops, princesses and dragons, skulduggery (both criminal and academic), churches, cats, old books, metros, pseudo-history, inscriptions, Pugin, Lego, statues and – always and inevitably – Tacitus. Oh, and some pretty bad poetry (not mine – my poetry is verging on Vogon-quality), and probably an assortment of other things too.
This is why they don’t often let me loose on an audience…!
I do hope you can come. One of the reasons why I started up the Hadrian’s Wall Classical Association Branch was so that I could issue invitations like this, to free and friendly events which would allow people with an interest in Classics to get together. We’re very lucky that Durham University have joined forces with us to run this seminar series, in such lovely surroundings!
If you can’t make it to this seminar, there are several others coming up over the next few months, all available to join wherever you are in the world. I’ll keep you posted!
This week from around the Classics Internet
Parthenon Marbles ‘constructive discussions’ – CNN
Stephen Fry talks about the Parthenon Marbles – The Guardian
Ukraine’s ancient history – Newsweek
Progress on Gladiator 2 – MovieWeb
Comment and opinion
A guide to Pliny’s Natural History – The Collector
Archaeologists and Ancient Apocalypse – Hyperallergic
The drama of #ReceptioGate – The Critic
Mind your translation – ConsultTheClassics
Podcasts, video and other media
Enslaved women (special episode) – The Partial Historians
Biological and chemical warfare – The Ancients
Storytelling in the Iliad and Odyssey – Bettina Joy de Guzman
Sponsian: fake or real? – Invicta
Mediterranean Archaeology award (open to postgraduates) – The British School at Rome
Vindolanda bursaries for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland – Historic England
Cambridge University Press 30% discount – CUP
Free online lecture by Emily Hauser on Homer’s Women – The Classics Library
8 thoughts on “Weekend Reading: An Open Invitation”
Thanks Cora Beth, I intend to come to your talk on the 19th ! Happy New Year, best wishes, Anne
Excellent – at least I can be sure of one friendly face! Happy New Year!
I am one of your past overseas OU students and remember the lovely weekend you organised in South Shields. Please send me the link for your talk. Cannot seem to find it on EventBrite. Thanks
What a year that was – probably my best group ever! I don’t have the link yet, but will put it in next week’s Weekend Reading post!
Have an online ticket but can’t make the timing now. Is it recorded to access later?
Annoyingly I don’t think it is – but I’ll check!
Hi Cora Beth,All good wishes for 2023.I’d love to jo
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Hello! Please send me the zoom link for the 19th January. I will be there! ________________________________
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