Weekend Reading: Tea Good, Work Bad

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy, which is why I haven’t been posting as regularly as I would like. There’s been a lot going on. Some of it (see below) has been positive and exciting. Other things have been awful – but those aren’t mine to share just yet. And through all of it, I’ve been ill with lingering post-viral nasties – so if I haven’t responded to you, that’s why. Please do try again to get in touch with me, because I’ve been so fuzzy that I may not even remember that you contacted me!

Since I’ve been in zombie mode for the last few weeks, I don’t have a lot of my own thoughts to offer this weekend. My thinking right now is almost entirely in words of one syllable (Tea Good, Work Bad, Noise Loud, etc), so this post will mainly consist of links to other people who do proper thinking. But things have somehow been getting done, and they’re mostly nice things.

This weekend, for instance, I’m judging the Hadrian’s Wall CA Lego Competition, which had some great entries from some very young participants – so I’m looking forward to that, and to contacting the winners once we’ve chosen them!

I’ve also booked to attend the Classical Association Conference in Cambridge in April. I can’t stay for the whole conference, just the Friday night and the Saturday, but if you’re going too, do catch me and say hello. I’m chairing a panel sometime on the Saturday, so it should be pretty easy to locate me!

It’s also been exciting this week to see my little book out in the wild – and even more exciting that all the lovely people buying it have actually pushed it up to the Number 1 spot on the Amazon ‘Latin’ Bestseller charts! Thank you so much to everyone who’s been buying a copy – I do hope you like it!

Also this week I’ve been hard at work, together with some brilliant neurodivergent colleagues, setting up a Redbubble Shop for Asterion, making snazzy neurodiversity and/or Classics merchandise to send all over the world. Do take a look! There’s 20% off everything till March 7th, so now is a good time to see if there’s anything you like. Here are a few of my personal favourite designs, which you can pick up on T-shirts, notebooks, badges, bags and other things…

This week from around the Classical Internet


Hidden corridor in the Great Pyramid – BBC

Ancient restaurant – NBC News

The Ashmolean Labyrinth exhibition – Minerva Magazine

Minoan star path – Heritage Daily

From Classical Studies Memes for Hellenistic Teens

Comment and opinion

Blogging after a break – Autism and Classical Myth

The Battle of Ipsus – The Collector

Roman Algeria – World History Encyclopedia

Greek mythology’s forgotten women – Broadview

From Classical Studies Memes for Hellenistic Teens

Podcasts, video and other media

Anniversary episode – The Partial Historians

Salt – a brief history – The Delicious Legacy

Asterix – Condensed Histories

New ‘Classics Shorts’ with Mary Beard – Cambridge University

Rome’s first kings, with the Partial Historians – Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!

Inventing Medusa, with Natalie Haynes – Ancient History Fangirl

Cleopatra Selene, with Jane Draycott – Emperors of Rome

Conversation about Demeter and Persephone, with Rita Dove – Monday, on APGRD YouTube Channel

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